Trivia / Airport

  • All-Star Cast:
    • The original movie starred Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Helen Hayes, Barbara Hale and George Kennedy.
    • Aside from George Kennedy's reappearance as Patroni in Airport '75, there's Charlton Heston, Karen Black, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Susan Clark, Helen Reddy, Linda Blair, Sid Caesar... the list just keeps on going.
    • Airport '77 had Jimmy Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Brenda Vaccaro, Lee Grant, Christopher Lee...
    • Airport '79 also featured an ensemble cast, though its actors were more famous for their TV work.
  • Billing Displacement: Charlton Heston in Airport '75 is billed first, but Karen Black's character gets the most focus, as well as screentime.
  • Franchise Killer: Almost everyone agrees that Airport '79 was the end of the line for the series.
  • Playing Against Type: In Airport '77, Christopher Lee, frequently cast as a suave villain, plays the selfless Martin Wallace who sacrificed his life when he tried to help rescue the other passengers.
  • What Could Have Been: According to John Wilson in "The official Razzie Movie Guide", there were plans for a FIFTH movie to be called Airport 82: UFO, a blatant attempt to cash in on the hot new wave of sci-fi cinema. Numerous contemporary news articles (which also use the name Airport 2000) describe it as a "science fact" film (well, not counting the giant alien spacecraft that engulfs the plane) that would have moved the action to 20 Minutes into the Future. George Kennedy was slated to return, naturally, and even turned down an invitation to appear in Airplane! so as not to undermine his opportunity to work for this franchise. Presumably, Airplane II: The Sequel killed this film by pre-emptively parodying it.