Bil’s rating (out of 5): B. USA, 1979. Universal Pictures. Story by Jennings Lang, Screenplay by Eric Roth, based on the novel Airport by Arthur Hailey. Cinematography by Philip H. Lathrop. Produced by Jennings Lang. Music by Lalo Schifrin. Production Design by Henry Bumstead. Costume Design by Burton Miller. Film Editing by Dorothy Spencer.
This film was laughed off the screen by preview audiences, so the studio decided to cut its losses and promote it as a comedy. George Kennedy returns as pilot this time, co-chairing a Concorde flight with Alain Delon from the US to Paris, where it will take a rest before a flight to the Olympics in Moscow. On board is an investigative reporter (Susan Blakely) who has information that could destroy a powerful American millionaire (Robert Wagner). Wagner does everything he can to destroy the plane including sending missiles and planting bombs, but the daring-do pilots are able to outmanoeuvre anything! Having two endangered flights also means you get two sets of hilariously cheesy star cameos, including Cicely Tyson, Martha Raye, and my personal favourite, Charo. For the laugh factor alone, this film is worth watching, almost as funny as the spoof Airplane! that would come only a year later and take hilarious jabs at the entire series.