Airport ’77 (1977)

JERRY JAMESON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1977.  Universal Pictures.  Story by , , Screenplay by , , based on the novel Airport by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by , .  Academy Awards 1977.  

In this embarrassing second sequel to the original 1970 hit film (which isn’t looking that good either), a grab-bag of jet setters and celebrities are transported to an island mansion by a millionaire (James Stewart) on a luxurious airplane whose interior is the size of the Taj Mahal. The grand event they are going out there for, the millionaire’s opening of his new art gallery, is delayed when criminal sabotage cripples the plane and it ends up lying on the bottom of the ocean. The colourful array of cast members keep this turkey going, particularly a riveting Lee Grant, but there’s no denying that this is a cheeseball soap opera with the mild trappings of a disaster film. Jack Lemmon (whose salary could be the only explanation for his appearance here) plays the stalwart pilot, while passengers include  and Olivia de Havilland.

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