History Film / SanFranciscoInternationalAirport

17th May '18 6:55:58 PM Scooter007
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Jim Conrad (Pernell Roberts) is the [[TheHero general manager]] of the titular airport. Much like in other DisasterMovie entries, he must fight with several challenges, including getting the airport runways expanded, dealing with VIP s, protecting a shipment of cash that figures into a kidnapping caper, and talking down a troubled young man. All of these plot threads intertwine throughout the movie, so much so that each of the main cast gets a chance to interact with one another. Filling out the helpful assistance role would be Bob Hatten (Clu Gulager), the airport's security chief.

The series began with a 90-minute TV-movie, ''San Francisco International Airport'', that served as a pilot. Though critical response was lukewarm, the pilot was picked up for six episodes (as part of NBC's WheelProgram ''Four in One'') in the fall of 1970, but was not renewed beyond the initial six. In the series version, the network stipulated that Lloyd Bridges replace Pernell Roberts; only Clu Gulager was retained for the series. Interestingly, it's apparently the same character of Jim Conrad that Lloyd Bridges parodies in ''Film/{{Airplane}}''.

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The series began with a 90-minute TV-movie, ''San Francisco International Airport'', that served as a pilot. Jim Conrad (Pernell Roberts) is the [[TheHero general manager]] of the titular airport. Much like in other DisasterMovie entries, he must fight with several challenges, including getting the airport runways expanded, dealing with VIP s, [=VIPs=], protecting a shipment of cash that figures into a kidnapping caper, and talking down a troubled young man. All of these plot threads intertwine throughout the movie, so much so that each of the main cast gets a chance to interact with one another. Filling out the helpful assistance role would be Bob Hatten (Clu Gulager), the airport's security chief.

The series began with a 90-minute TV-movie, ''San Francisco International Airport'', that served as a pilot. Though critical response was lukewarm, the pilot was picked up for six episodes (as part of NBC's WheelProgram ''Four in One'') in the fall of 1970, but was not renewed beyond the initial six. In the series version, the network stipulated that Lloyd Bridges replace Pernell Roberts; only Clu Gulager was retained for the series. Interestingly, it's apparently the same character of Jim Conrad that Lloyd Bridges parodies in ''Film/{{Airplane}}''.



* BrokenAesop: Parents getting divorced? Steal a plane, nearly kill yourself, cause dozens of airline delays, and they'll get back together.



* IdiotBall: The security personnel who fall for Tab Hunter's reverse PaperThinDisguise.[[note]]In their defense, they had no idea what the man looked like other than, "He's dressed like a priest."[[/note]]

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* IdiotBall: The security personnel who fall for Tab Hunter's reverse PaperThinDisguise.[[note]]In In their defense, they had no idea what the man looked like other than, "He's dressed like a priest."[[/note]]priest" -- but that just creates ''another'' Idiot Ball in that security should have tried to get a description from ''the woman who was his hostage'', or even the tower operator who was watching the guy through binoculars. And then yet another one in that it never seems to occur to them that Tab might try to ''ditch'' the disguise whilst escaping.
23rd Apr '18 12:54:56 PM TheRogueWolf
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* ThisIsUnforgivable: Mr. Woodruff (the over-officious businessman) has this reaction when Hatten sides with [[NewAgeRetroHippie the hippie]] regarding the assault allegation. The fact that Hatten proves it would have been impossible for the hippie to be guilty (through a purchase receipt clear on the other side of the airport at nearly the same time the assault was reported) is meaningless to Woodruff- he simply can't accept that an authority figure would side with a hippie over a "respectable businessperson".
10th Apr '18 8:58:19 AM Ares101
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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Clifford Evans

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Clifford EvansEvans, in theory anyway.


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* StrawManHasAPoint: Conrad comments during Evans' WhatTheHellHero speech that the latter is unlikely to risk anything to help the former. When Evans confirms this, Conrad says that "I wasn't counting on you to" in a very condescending manner. But the fact of the matter is, Evans has every right to be ticked and Conrad has no reason to expect any help. The stunt he pulled angered several senators and Conrad did not clear said stunt with Evans before he did it. Evans had no reason or obligation to protect Conrad from the consequences of his own actions, especially when he didn't let Evans in on his plans.
16th Aug '17 8:12:02 PM rwe1138
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%%* DivorceIsTemporary: Davey takes the "meddling child" aspect of this trope to a new level.
%%* EmergencyServices

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%%* * DivorceIsTemporary: Davey takes the "meddling child" aspect of this trope to a new level.
%%* * EmergencyServices



%%* NewAgeRetroHippie: William Sturtevant, the Made-For-TV Hippie. He's also good for NarmCharm.
%%* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Clifford Evans

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%%* * NewAgeRetroHippie: William Sturtevant, the Made-For-TV Hippie. He's also good for NarmCharm.
%%* * ObstructiveBureaucrat: Clifford Evans



%%* SequelHook: Mr. Woodruff is an obvious intended recurring character.

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%%* * SequelHook: Mr. Woodruff is an obvious intended recurring character.
16th Aug '17 8:11:28 PM rwe1138
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* FollowTheLeader: The series was clearly intended to mimic ''Airport''.
13th Mar '17 8:20:15 AM GunarmDyne
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-->'''Mrs.s Scott:''' You're already at the top!

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-->'''Mrs.s Scott:''' You're already at the top!
13th Mar '17 8:20:06 AM GunarmDyne
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* RedHerring: An InUniverse one as Hatten originally planned to have Ross Edwards arrested as a potential accomplice for the thieves until learning Ross was being blackmailed due to his wife being a hostage.



* {{Workaholic}}: Mr. Scott at the expense of his family, which is what drives the conflict in the Davey subplot.

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* {{Workaholic}}: Mr. Scott at the expense of his family, which is what drives the conflict in the Davey subplot. It's summed up with this exchange:
-->'''Mr. Scott:''' You don't get to the top of this business by worrying about being home every night at 5:30.
-->'''Mrs.s Scott:''' You're already at the top!
13th Mar '17 8:14:24 AM GunarmDyne
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* {{Workaholic}}: Mr. Scott at the expense of his family, which is what drives the conflict in the Davey subplot.
21st Jan '17 9:25:44 PM Andrew
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Bob Hatten (Clu Gulager) runs security at the airport. When an uptight businessman accuses a hippy of punching him, he clearly expects Bob to side with him. Instead, Bob calmly assesses the situation, recognizes the hippy couldn't have done it, shakes the hippy's hand and lets him go. The businessman is appalled that Bob could possibly believe the hippy over him.
6th Jan '17 5:26:24 PM WiddershinsDaughter
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* ShownTheirWork: The ERCO Ercoupe was an airplane designed after the end of World War II to be incredibly safe and easy to fly. It's nearly impossible to stall due to some very smart engineering. Nobody who designed it, however, probably envisaged its use as a setpiece in a dull 70s TV movie.
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