The Concorde…Airport ’79 (1979)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.  USA, 1979.  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 .  

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  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 () who has information that could destroy a powerful American millionaire ().  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, , and my personal favourite, . 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.

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