History YMMV / Airport

9th May '16 1:20:31 PM BoostPressure
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** In ''Airport '79'' again, the corrupt mechanic who sabotages the Concorde's cargo door opines that "bombs are unreliable". [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Am_Flight_103 Nine years later came Lockerbie....]]
4th May '16 9:57:59 AM najhoant
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* DeaderThanDisco: At the time of its release, the first film was a box office hit, making 10 times its $10 million budget, and was critically acclaimed, getting nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture (losing to ''Film/{{Patton}}''). But since then, it has fallen from grace considerably, having a score of 6.6/10 on [=IMDb=] and getting lukewarm or even negative reviews from modern critics. Burt Lancaster even went on to describe it as "the biggest piece of junk ever made." Between that, the later emergence of more widely praised disaster movies like ''Film/ThePoseidonAdventure'' and ''Film/TheToweringInferno'' and, of course, the fact that ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' pretty much took the piss out of the airplane disaster movie genre, ''Airport'' is today mostly enjoyed for its campy, old-fashioned charm and its impact on the disaster movie genre.

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* DeaderThanDisco: At the time of its release, the first film was a box office hit, making 10 times its $10 million budget, and was critically acclaimed, getting nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture (losing to ''Film/{{Patton}}''). But since then, it has fallen from grace considerably, having a score of 6.6/10 on [=IMDb=] and getting lukewarm or even negative 80% on Rotten Tomatoes, the good reviews from modern critics.praising the film because it's ''[[SoBadItsGood so enjoyably crappy]]''. Burt Lancaster even went on to describe it as "the biggest piece of junk ever made." Between that, the later emergence of more widely praised disaster movies like ''Film/ThePoseidonAdventure'' and ''Film/TheToweringInferno'' and, of course, the fact that ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' pretty much took the piss out of the airplane disaster movie genre, ''Airport'' is today mostly enjoyed for its campy, old-fashioned charm and its impact on the disaster movie genre.



* {{Sequelitis}}: Three, in fact.

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* {{Sequelitis}}: Three, in fact.While the first film was critically praised at the time of its release and can still be enjoyed by some people today, the three airplane disaster films released under the ''Airport'' banner that followed are pretty unanimously considered bad.
30th Apr '16 4:16:57 PM DavidDelony
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** In ''Airport '75'', there is a collision between a Boeing 747 and a private propeller plane after the pilot of the latter plane has a heart attack while both are on approach to Salt Lake City International Airport. Just 3 years later in September 1978 a PSA Boeing 727 on final approach collided with a private Cessna 172 over San Diego. Both aircraft crashed into a suburb, killing all 137 people on both aircraft and 7 people on the ground in houses. Despite the resultant tightened ATC clearance and separation rules, a similar accident happened in 1986 when Aeromexico Flight 498 crashed into Cerritos while on approach to LAX after colliding with a Piper Cherokee, killing all 67 people on both aircraft and 15 people on the ground. In another similarity with the film, it was also suspected that the pilot of the Piper Cherokee had a heart attack while flying after an autopsy revealed that some of the arteries in his heart were blocked, but this was later ruled out. Fortunately, after the Cerritos crash, the FAA required all airliners entering U.S. airspace to be fitted with Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS). Another accident like this has never happened in the U.S. since.

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** In ''Airport '75'', there is a collision between a Boeing 747 and a private propeller plane after the pilot of the latter plane has a heart attack while both are on approach to Salt Lake City International Airport. Just 3 years later in September 1978 a PSA Boeing 727 on final approach collided with a private Cessna 172 over San Diego. Both aircraft crashed into a suburb, killing all 137 people on both aircraft and 7 people on the ground in houses. Despite the resultant tightened ATC clearance and separation rules, a similar accident happened in 1986 when Aeromexico Flight 498 crashed into Cerritos while on approach to LAX after colliding with a Piper Cherokee, killing all 67 people on both aircraft and 15 people on the ground. In another similarity with to the film, it was also suspected that the pilot of the Piper Cherokee had a heart attack while flying after an autopsy revealed that some of the arteries in his heart were blocked, but this was later ruled out. Fortunately, after the Cerritos crash, the FAA required all airliners entering U.S. airspace to be fitted with Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS). Another accident like this has never happened in the U.S. since.
25th Jan '16 5:16:34 PM DavidDelony
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** In ''Airport '75'', there is a collision between a Boeing 747 and a private propeller plane after the pilot of the latter plane has a heart attack while both are on approach to Salt Lake City International Airport. Just 3 years later in September 1978 a PSA Boeing 727 on final approach collided with a private Cessna 172 over San Diego. Both aircraft crashed into a suburb, killing all 137 people on both aircraft and 7 people on the ground in houses. Despite the resultant tightened ATC clearance and separation rules, a similar accident happened in 1986 when Aeromexico Flight 498 crashed into Cerritos while on approach to LAX after colliding with a Piper Cherokee, killing all 67 people on both aircraft and 15 people on the ground. In another similarity with the film, it was also suspected that the pilot of the Piper Cherokee had a heart attack while flying after an autopsy revealed that some of the arteries in his heart were blocked, but this was later ruled out. Fortunately, after the Cerritos crash, the FAA required all aircraft entering U.S. airspace to be fitted with Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS). Another accident like this has never happened in the U.S. since.

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** In ''Airport '75'', there is a collision between a Boeing 747 and a private propeller plane after the pilot of the latter plane has a heart attack while both are on approach to Salt Lake City International Airport. Just 3 years later in September 1978 a PSA Boeing 727 on final approach collided with a private Cessna 172 over San Diego. Both aircraft crashed into a suburb, killing all 137 people on both aircraft and 7 people on the ground in houses. Despite the resultant tightened ATC clearance and separation rules, a similar accident happened in 1986 when Aeromexico Flight 498 crashed into Cerritos while on approach to LAX after colliding with a Piper Cherokee, killing all 67 people on both aircraft and 15 people on the ground. In another similarity with the film, it was also suspected that the pilot of the Piper Cherokee had a heart attack while flying after an autopsy revealed that some of the arteries in his heart were blocked, but this was later ruled out. Fortunately, after the Cerritos crash, the FAA required all aircraft airliners entering U.S. airspace to be fitted with Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS). Another accident like this has never happened in the U.S. since.
25th Jan '16 5:15:18 PM DavidDelony
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** In ''Airport '75'', there is a collision between a Boeing 747 and a private propeller plane after the pilot of the latter plane has a heart attack while both are on approach to Salt Lake City International Airport. Just 3 years later in September 1978 a PSA Boeing 727 on final approach collided with a private Cessna 172 over San Diego. Both aircraft crashed into a suburb, killing all 137 people on both aircraft and 7 people on the ground in houses. Despite the resultant tightened ATC clearance and separation rules, a similar accident happened in 1986 when Aeromexico Flight 498 crashed into Cerritos while on approach to LAX after colliding with a Piper Cherokee, killing all 67 people on both aircraft and 15 people on the ground. In another similarity with the film, it was also suspected that the pilot of the Piper Cherokee had a heart attack while flying after an autopsy revealed that some of the arteries in his heart were blocked, but this was later ruled out.

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** In ''Airport '75'', there is a collision between a Boeing 747 and a private propeller plane after the pilot of the latter plane has a heart attack while both are on approach to Salt Lake City International Airport. Just 3 years later in September 1978 a PSA Boeing 727 on final approach collided with a private Cessna 172 over San Diego. Both aircraft crashed into a suburb, killing all 137 people on both aircraft and 7 people on the ground in houses. Despite the resultant tightened ATC clearance and separation rules, a similar accident happened in 1986 when Aeromexico Flight 498 crashed into Cerritos while on approach to LAX after colliding with a Piper Cherokee, killing all 67 people on both aircraft and 15 people on the ground. In another similarity with the film, it was also suspected that the pilot of the Piper Cherokee had a heart attack while flying after an autopsy revealed that some of the arteries in his heart were blocked, but this was later ruled out. Fortunately, after the Cerritos crash, the FAA required all aircraft entering U.S. airspace to be fitted with Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS). Another accident like this has never happened in the U.S. since.
25th Jan '16 5:12:25 PM DavidDelony
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** In ''Airport '75'', there is a collision between a Boeing 747 and a private propeller plane after the pilot of the latter plane has a heart attack while both are on approach to Salt Lake City International Airport. Just 3 years later in September 1978 a PSA Boeing 727 on final approach collided with a private Cessna 172 over San Diego. Both aircraft crashed into a suburb, killing all 137 people on both aircraft and 7 people on the ground in houses. Despite the resultant tightened ATC clearance and separation rules, a similar accident happened in 1986 when Aeromexico Flight 498 crashed into Cerritos while on approach to LAX after colliding with a Piper Cherokee, killing all 67 people on both aircraft and 15 people on the ground. It's also suspected that the pilot of the Piper Cherokee had a heart attack while flying.

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** In ''Airport '75'', there is a collision between a Boeing 747 and a private propeller plane after the pilot of the latter plane has a heart attack while both are on approach to Salt Lake City International Airport. Just 3 years later in September 1978 a PSA Boeing 727 on final approach collided with a private Cessna 172 over San Diego. Both aircraft crashed into a suburb, killing all 137 people on both aircraft and 7 people on the ground in houses. Despite the resultant tightened ATC clearance and separation rules, a similar accident happened in 1986 when Aeromexico Flight 498 crashed into Cerritos while on approach to LAX after colliding with a Piper Cherokee, killing all 67 people on both aircraft and 15 people on the ground. It's In another similarity with the film, it was also suspected that the pilot of the Piper Cherokee had a heart attack while flying.flying after an autopsy revealed that some of the arteries in his heart were blocked, but this was later ruled out.
25th Jan '16 5:05:32 PM DavidDelony
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** In ''Airport '75'', there is a collision between a Boeing 747 and a private propeller plane after the pilot of the latter plane has a heart attack while both are on approach to Salt Lake City International Airport. Just 3 years later in September 1978 a PSA Boeing 727 on final approach collided with a private Cessna 172 over San Diego. Both aircraft crashed into a suburb, killing all 137 people on both aircraft and 7 people on the ground in houses. Despite the resultant tightened ATC clearance and separation rules, a similar accident happened in 1986 when Aeromexico Flight 498 crashed into Cerritos while on approach to LAX after colliding with a Piper Cherokee, killing all 67 people on both aircraft and 15 people on the ground.

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** In ''Airport '75'', there is a collision between a Boeing 747 and a private propeller plane after the pilot of the latter plane has a heart attack while both are on approach to Salt Lake City International Airport. Just 3 years later in September 1978 a PSA Boeing 727 on final approach collided with a private Cessna 172 over San Diego. Both aircraft crashed into a suburb, killing all 137 people on both aircraft and 7 people on the ground in houses. Despite the resultant tightened ATC clearance and separation rules, a similar accident happened in 1986 when Aeromexico Flight 498 crashed into Cerritos while on approach to LAX after colliding with a Piper Cherokee, killing all 67 people on both aircraft and 15 people on the ground. It's also suspected that the pilot of the Piper Cherokee had a heart attack while flying.
9th Nov '15 7:20:37 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 7:19:07 AM JamesAustin
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* EnsembleDarkhorse: Joe Patroni became a RecurringCharacter in each of the sequels, though not with the same job. He was always played by George Kennedy.

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* EnsembleDarkhorse: EnsembleDarkhorse:
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Joe Patroni became a RecurringCharacter in each of the sequels, though not with the same job. He was always played by George Kennedy.



** In ''Concorde: Airport '79'', Robert Wagner is trying to murder his girlfriend. Some might see this as a cruel irony to the dispute over his real-life drowning of girlfriend NatalieWood.

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** In ''Concorde: Airport '79'', Robert Wagner is trying to murder his girlfriend. Some might see this as a cruel irony to the dispute over his real-life drowning of girlfriend NatalieWood.spouse Creator/NatalieWood.



* JerkAssWoobie: Karen Wallace, who is emotionally abusive towards her dedicated marine biologist husband, yet is clearly lonely and miserable.

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* JerkAssWoobie: JerkassWoobie: Karen Wallace, who is emotionally abusive towards her dedicated marine biologist husband, yet is clearly lonely and miserable.



* SpecialEffectsFailure: In ''Airport 1975'', the scene where the plane's cockpit collides with a smaller plane. Rather than actually show two planes crashing into each other, the film cuts footage of the small plane flying in the air at different distances into the cockpit and makes several fast cuts to make it look like the plane is coming closer. Because the small plane moves so fast between cuts and yet so slowly when its shown, it looks very unconvincing.

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* SpecialEffectsFailure: In ''Airport 1975'', '75'', the scene where the plane's cockpit collides with a smaller plane. Rather than actually show two planes crashing into each other, the film cuts footage of the small plane flying in the air at different distances into the cockpit and makes several fast cuts to make it look like the plane is coming closer. Because the small plane moves so fast between cuts and yet so slowly when its shown, it looks very unconvincing.unconvincing.
* TearJerker: [[spoiler:The death of Dorothy, right before the others are rescued.]]
24th Oct '15 3:46:29 AM najhoant
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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: The landing.

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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: The landing.landing in the first movie.


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* SpecialEffectsFailure: In ''Airport 1975'', the scene where the plane's cockpit collides with a smaller plane. Rather than actually show two planes crashing into each other, the film cuts footage of the small plane flying in the air at different distances into the cockpit and makes several fast cuts to make it look like the plane is coming closer. Because the small plane moves so fast between cuts and yet so slowly when its shown, it looks very unconvincing.
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