Airport '77 (1977)

PG   |    |  Action, Drama, Thriller


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Art thieves hijack a 747, hit fog and crash into the ocean, trapping them and the passengers under one hundred feet of water.


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  • Jack Lemmon and Darren McGavin in Airport '77 (1977)
  • Robert Hooks and Brenda Vaccaro in Airport '77 (1977)
  • Jack Lemmon and Brenda Vaccaro in Airport '77 (1977)

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30 March 2000 | Poseidon-3
Classiest cast of the "Airport" sequels and most serious.
Landing after the TV sitcom-level cast/plot of "Airport 1975", but arriving before the ludicrous "The Concorde-Airport '79" is this slick disaster film entry. Featuring Oscar-winning and nominated stars like Lemmon, Grant, de Havilland, Quinlan, Kennedy and Stewart, it also offers one of the best caliber casts of the '70's disaster cycle. There is no deep thinking involved in watching the film, but it does offer some watery thrills and some fun thrashing around as the plane first skips along the surface of the water and then slips under. Suspense builds as the pressure continues to wreak havoc on the plane's outer skin and, unusually for an "Airport" film, pretty many lives are claimed! The death toll in this film is higher than the other three combined. It's great to see so many once and future stars flopping around in the underwater tomb, but the main attraction is Lee Grant. Clocking in with only about a dozen or so total minutes of screen time, she is utterly hilarious and unforgettable as a shrewish, boozy, sarcastic lush. No one is safe from her rude, brash comments and she is a joy to behold for bad-move connoisseurs. Her husband in the film is Christpher Lee. Fortunately, they didn't marry offscreen or she would have become Lee Lee, but that's another story.......

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Trivia

When this film played in theatres, the scene where Brenda Vacarro punches Lee Grant's lights out to keep her from opening an exit door while the plane is underwater was regularly greeted by loud audience applause.


Quotes

Philip Stevens: Benji, I'm your Grandpa.


Goofs

During the first landing, the engine instruments are pointing in random directions; in real life each horizontal line of gauges would show roughly the same reading. The needles don't move when Capt. Gallagher closes the throttles or engages the thrust reversers.


Crazy Credits

Before the end credits, this text appears. "The incident portrayed in the film is fictional; the rescue capabilities utilized by the Navy are real".


Alternate Versions

Network TV version features one hour of additional footage not included in either the theatrical release or home video release. Footage only seen in the network version includes:

  • Alternate opening credit sequence involving Banker and Wilson breaking into a laboratory.
  • A flight attendant cabin mock-up where the crew practice an evacuation using an escape slide. Shortly after, Anne introduces the crew to Joe Patroni.
  • Dialogue between Patroni and Anne.
  • A scene where Joe Patroni introduces Anne to Don Gallagher, who's working on a flight simulator of the plane he will fly.
  • Flashbacks of several characters. including Martin and Karen Wallace, Steve and Julie, Jane and Bonnie Stern, and Lisa with Ralph Crawford.
  • Extended dialogue throughout the film.
  • Gallagher and Eve discovering the plane's navigator is dead.
  • Scene involving Joe Patroni and his son, Joe. Jr. Patroni has been informed of the disappearance of the 747 and has to cancel plans to attend Joe Jr's graduation ceremony.
  • Brief additional footage of Martin Wallace's body floating outside the plane.
  • Emily attempts to console Karen, after the drowning of Martin.
  • As Gallagher and the scuba team make their underwater preparations to raise the plane, they discover Banker's body.
  • Amount of time for the plane to rise to the surface is longer than the theatrical version.
  • After the plan has risen, Gerald Lucas attempts to get out of the plane first, only to be stopped and pushed back by Buchek.
  • Dialogue between Philip Stevens and Eddie aboard the USS Cayuga. Stevens hands Eddie a piece of paper, which reveals Eddie's wife has given birth to twins. Stevens hands Eddie a cigar to celebrate the occasion.
  • Dialogue between Stevens and Buchek aboard the USS Cayuga.


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Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
Composed and sung by
Tom Sullivan

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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