Film Review – AIRPORT (1970)

Airport (1970; USA; Technicolor; 137m) ∗∗∗½  d. George Seaton; w. George Seaton; ph. Ernest Laszlo; m. Alfred Newman.  Cast: Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bisset, George Kennedy, Helen Hayes, Van Heflin, Maureen Stapleton, Barry Nelson, Dana Wynter, Lloyd Nolan, Barbara Hale, Gary Collins, John Findlater, Jessie Royce Landis. Melodrama about a bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved. Oft-copied and spoofed, this may now seem overly familiar, but there is plenty of excitement and drama propelled by an energetic cast and a buoyant score. Hayes won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Henry Hathaway directed some of the outdoor winter scenes uncredited. Based on the novel by Arthur Hailey. Final film of both Heflin and Landis. AIRPORT 1975 (1974) was the first of three sequels. [PG]