History Film / Airport

9th Nov '15 7:20:38 AM JamesAustin
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* AdaptationDisplacement: Most people nowadays will probably be surprised to know that ''Airport'' was based on a book.
9th Nov '15 7:19:34 AM JamesAustin
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Released in 1970, '''''Airport''''' is the first of a series of {{Disaster Movie}}s produced in that decade and centering around aircraft in distress. Based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Hailey, it can be considered a very close and faithful adaptation; the sequels, however, have nothing to do with an original book.
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Released in 1970, '''''Airport''''' ''Airport'' is the first of a series of {{Disaster Movie}}s produced in that decade and centering around aircraft in distress. Based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Hailey, it can be considered a very close and faithful adaptation; the sequels, however, have nothing to do with an original book.

* TheAce: Joe Patroni.
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* AdaptationDisplacement: Most people nowadays will probably be surprised to know that ''Airport'' was based on a book. * TheAce: Joe Patroni. This lead to him becoming the BreakoutCharacter and be featured in every subsequent ''Airport'' film.

* AnyoneCanDie: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in that [[spoiler:there's only a single death, that of Van Heflin's character, mad bomber D.O. Guerrero.]]
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* AnyoneCanDie: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] {{Subverted|Trope}} in that [[spoiler:there's only a single death, that of Van Heflin's character, mad bomber D.O. Guerrero.]]

-->'''Bakersfeld''': [Runway] 2-9er is closed. A pilot from your flight 45 made a shortcut across the field. And he didn't make it. -->'''Demerest''': What are you doing about it? -->'''Bakersfeld''': Well, when the snow melts in April, we'll get it out.
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-->'''Bakersfeld''': -->'''Bakersfeld:''' [Runway] 2-9er is closed. A pilot from your flight 45 made a shortcut across the field. And he didn't make it. -->'''Demerest''': it.\\ '''Demerest:''' What are you doing about it? -->'''Bakersfeld''': it?\\ '''Bakersfeld:''' Well, when the snow melts in April, we'll get it out.

** AdaptationDisplacement

* BillingDisplacement: Charlton Heston is billed first, but Karen Black's character gets the most focus, as well as screentime.

* KarmicDeath: One of the hijackers drowns as the ship as being lifted out of the sea by the navy rescue team.
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* KarmicDeath: One of the hijackers drowns as the ship as is being lifted out of the sea by the navy rescue team.

* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/ChristopherLee, frequently cast as a suave villain, plays the selfless Martin Wallace who [[spoiler: sacrificed his life when he tried to help rescue the other passengers.]]

* TearJerker: [[spoiler:The death of Dorothy, right before the others are rescued.]]
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* TearJerker: [[spoiler:The death of Dorothy, right before the others are rescued.]]
8th Aug '15 5:06:09 AM Morgenthaler
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''Airport'' itself spawned three sequels: ''Airport 1975'', ''Airport 1977'', and ''Airport '79'' (in a Concorde!). A TV-movie and miniseries was also created in the aftermath of ''Airport''; ''SanFranciscoInternationalAirport''. (The miniseries simply dropped the word Airport). Today, it's probably best known for having inspired ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', TheParody of '70s disaster movies.
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''Airport'' itself spawned three sequels: ''Airport 1975'', ''Airport 1977'', and ''Airport '79'' (in a Concorde!). A TV-movie and miniseries was also created in the aftermath of ''Airport''; ''SanFranciscoInternationalAirport''.''Film/SanFranciscoInternationalAirport''. (The miniseries simply dropped the word Airport). Today, it's probably best known for having inspired ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', TheParody of '70s disaster movies.
18th Apr '15 9:46:37 AM Prfnoff
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The movie begins with the day-to-day concerns and life issues of various crew and patrons of Chicago's fictional Lincoln International Airport ([[CaliforniaDoubling actually, a redressed Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport]]). The central drama to this movie seems to be marital problems; first in the guise of difficulties between [[TheHero airport manager]] Mel Bakersfield (Creator/BurtLancaster) and his wife. Mel has a rivalry with his brother-in-law, [[DirtyOldMan Vernon Demerest]] (DeanMartin) over who's right about airport operations. Demerest also happens to be doing the deed with one of his flight attendants, Gwen Meighen (Jacqueline Bisset). However, Mel is fortunately not alone; he does have help from his friend, Trans-Global Airlines Supervisor of Passenger Relations Tanya Livingston (Jean Seberg) and TWA Chief of Maintenance Joe Patroni (George Kennedy) in the numerous challenges... usual and unusual.
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The movie begins with the day-to-day concerns and life issues of various crew and patrons of Chicago's fictional Lincoln International Airport ([[CaliforniaDoubling actually, a redressed Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport]]). The central drama to this movie seems to be marital problems; first in the guise of difficulties between [[TheHero airport manager]] Mel Bakersfield (Creator/BurtLancaster) and his wife. Mel has a rivalry with his brother-in-law, [[DirtyOldMan Vernon Demerest]] (DeanMartin) over who's right about airport operations. Demerest also happens to be doing the deed with one of his flight attendants, Gwen Meighen (Jacqueline Bisset).(Creator/JacquelineBisset). However, Mel is fortunately not alone; he does have help from his friend, Trans-Global Airlines Supervisor of Passenger Relations Tanya Livingston (Jean Seberg) and TWA Chief of Maintenance Joe Patroni (George Kennedy) in the numerous challenges... usual and unusual.
8th Apr '15 11:27:47 PM sethtriggs
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* SecretRelationship: Deamerest and Gwen, resulting in a pregnancy.
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* SecretRelationship: Deamerest Demerest and Gwen, resulting in a pregnancy.
8th Apr '15 11:25:48 PM sethtriggs
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* TheChessmaster: Mrs. Quansett, professional airplane stowaway, having stolen hundreds of rides and has an arsenal of tricks. She uses her advanced age to get away with a number of schemes, including faking illness to get rid of the man who is supposed to babysit her (and keep her from stowing away on another plane) and defeating Mrs. Livingston's attempt to keep her from doing so. The book makes this explicit: both Mrs. Quansett and Mrs. Livingston independently realize the two of them are battling to see who can win. The result: age and craftiness defeat youth and inexperience. As noted above, Helen Hayes portrayal of Mrs. Quansett won her an academy award for best supporting actress.
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* TheChessmaster: Mrs. Quansett, professional airplane stowaway, having stolen hundreds of rides and has an arsenal of tricks. She uses her advanced age to get away with a number of schemes, including faking illness to get rid of the man who is supposed to babysit her (and keep her from stowing away on another plane) and defeating Mrs. Livingston's attempt to keep her from doing so. The book makes this explicit: both Mrs. Quansett and Mrs. Livingston independently realize the two of them are battling to see who can win. The result: age and craftiness defeat youth and inexperience. As noted above, Helen Hayes Hayes' portrayal of Mrs. Quansett won her an academy award Academy Award for best supporting actress.Best Supporting Actress.

* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A man is seated at dinner and is praying with his family when a plane flies overhead, shaking the whole house. "For this food, your many blessings, and your bounteous goodness, we give thanks to Thee in the name of.." plane overhead makes it impossible to hear, then the man finishes, "..Jesus Christ!"
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A man is seated at dinner and is praying with his family when a plane flies overhead, shaking the whole house. "For this food, your many blessings, and your bounteous goodness, we give thanks to Thee in the name of.." plane overhead makes it impossible to hear, then the man finishes, ".."...Jesus Christ!"
26th Feb '15 8:24:44 AM Tdarcos
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* BilingualBonus: ** A sign in French visible on the wall of the incoming internaional passenger area which would, if it were in English, read "Escallator to exit," has an error, which reads in French: "Escalier au sortie." It should read: "Escalier vers la sortie." ** Jacqueline Bisset reads the emergency instructions to the passengers on Flight Two over the PA system in both English and Italian.
15th Feb '15 7:29:21 AM Mdumas43073
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* TheAce: Joe Patroni.
15th Feb '15 7:27:28 AM Mdumas43073
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* BreakoutCharacter: Joe Patroni.
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* BreakoutCharacter: Joe Patroni.Patroni, who features in every subsequent ''Airport'' film.
15th Feb '15 7:23:52 AM Mdumas43073
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Helen Hayes' performance as Ada Quonsett won her an Oscar, and the movie was enough of a hit to effectively serve as the TropeCodifier for the '70s disaster movie genre, paving the way for such films as ''Film/ThePoseidonAdventure'', ''Film/{{Earthquake}}'', and ''Film/TheToweringInferno''.
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Helen Hayes' performance as stowaway Ada Quonsett won her an Oscar, and the movie was enough of a hit to effectively serve as the TropeCodifier for the '70s disaster movie genre, paving the way for such films as ''Film/ThePoseidonAdventure'', ''Film/{{Earthquake}}'', and ''Film/TheToweringInferno''.
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