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* CoincidentalBroadcast: Possibly the most epic use of this trope ever, as ''all'' the stories in a network TV newscast early in the film just happen to about be the main subplots of the film, ''and'' the news anchor and one of the reporters end up being part of the main story.

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* CoincidentalBroadcast: Possibly the most epic use of this trope ever, as ''all'' the stories in a network TV newscast early in the film just happen to about be the main subplots of the film, ''and'' the news anchor and one of the reporters end up being part of the main story.


* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: A 1979 film set in the summer of 1980, centered around a flight to Moscow for the Summer Olympics.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: A 1979 film set in the summer of 1980, centered around a flight to Moscow for the Summer Olympics.



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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: A 1979 film set in the summer of 1980, centered around a flight to Moscow for the Summer Olympics.

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* CoincidentalBroadcast: Possibly the most epic use of this trope ever, as ''all'' the stories in a network TV newscast early in the film just happen to about be the main subplots of the film, ''and'' the news anchor and one of the reporters end up being part of the main story.


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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Alicia, the Russian gymnast, is obviously supposed to be a cross between Olga Korbut and Nadia Comaneci.


* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Harrison is involved in black market arms deals and kills an employee who tries to blow the whistle. Later, he sends both an unmaned drone fighter and a fighter plane to shoot down the Concorde and kill everybody in it, including the journalist that has evidence of his wrong-doing provided by the whistleblower's wife.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Harrison is involved in black market arms deals and kills an employee who tries to blow the whistle. Later, he sends both an unmaned experimental drone fighter missile and a a fighter plane to try to shoot down the Concorde and arranges for an employee to sabotage the plane so it will tear itself apart in mid-air via ExplosiveDecompression, which will kill everybody in it, all of the passengers, including the journalist that has evidence of his wrong-doing provided by the whistleblower's wife.



* JustPlaneWrong: Again, this movie places the Concorde (which was designed for one thing and one thing only: go forward, ''very'' fast) in a dogfight complete with HighSpeedMissileDodge.

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* JustPlaneWrong: Again, this movie places the Concorde (which was designed for one thing and one thing only: go forward, ''very'' fast) in a dogfight two dogfights complete with HighSpeedMissileDodge.


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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]] (Creator/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]] (Creator/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) (Creator/GeorgeKennedy) in the numerous challenges... usual and unusual.



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* IllGirl: One young passenger was scheduled for a kidney transplant, and gets sicker from going too long without dialysis as the crisis stretches out.


* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Harrison tries to sell a prototype drone fighter to the Russians and then sends both said drone fighter and a fighter plane to shoot down the Concorde and kill everybody in it, including the secretary that would testify on his actions.

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Harrison is involved in black market arms deals and kills an employee who tries to sell a prototype drone fighter to blow the Russians and then whistle. Later, he sends both said an unmaned drone fighter and a fighter plane to shoot down the Concorde and kill everybody in it, including the secretary journalist that would testify on has evidence of his actions.wrong-doing provided by the whistleblower's wife.

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* JustPlaneWrong: Again, this movie places the Concorde (which was designed for one thing and one thing only: go forward, ''very'' fast) in a dogfight complete with HighSpeedMissileDodge.


* AssholeVictim: Besides the hijacker's KarmicDeath, the most selfish characters (especially one that [[TooDumbToLive tries to open the door while they're still underwater]]) drown during the rescue operation.

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* AssholeVictim: Besides the hijacker's KarmicDeath, the most selfish characters (especially one that [[TooDumbToLive tries to open the door while they're still underwater]]) drown Karen Wallace drowns during the rescue operation.


* AssholeVictim: Besides the hijacker's KarmicDeath, the most selfish characters (especially one that [[TooDumbToLive tries to open the door while they're still underwater]]) drown during the rescue operation.



** The rest of the hijackers die during the crash, with at least one of them being crushed by the art they were planning to steal.




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* TooDumbToLive: Wallace, despite being an experienced scuba diver, gets near a hatch that's about to open ''inwards'' with the other end being deep sea water. His wife is even dumber.


* InfantImmortality: Benjy and Bonnie survive, although Bonnie is seriously injured.

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* InfantImmortality: ImprobableInfantSurvival: Benjy and Bonnie survive, although Bonnie is seriously injured.


''Airport'' itself spawned three sequels: ''Airport 1975'', ''Airport 1977'', and ''The Concorde... Airport '79'' ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin in a Concorde!]]). A TV-movie and miniseries was also created in the aftermath of ''Airport''; ''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. For a while this franchise was something of an employment agency for older actors and actresses from the studio era. Stars from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood who appeared in one or more ''Airport'' movies include Hayes, Gloria Swanson, Creator/DanaAndrews, Creator/MyrnaLoy, Creator/JosephCotten, Creator/OliviaDeHavilland, and Creator/JimmyStewart.

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''Airport'' itself spawned three sequels: ''Airport 1975'', ''Airport 1977'', and ''The Concorde... Airport '79'' ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin in a Concorde!]]). A TV-movie and miniseries was also created in the aftermath of ''Airport''; ''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. For a while this franchise was something of an employment agency for older actors and actresses from the studio era. Stars from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood who appeared in one or more ''Airport'' movies include Hayes, Gloria Swanson, Creator/GloriaSwanson, Creator/DanaAndrews, Creator/MyrnaLoy, Creator/JosephCotten, Creator/OliviaDeHavilland, and Creator/JimmyStewart.



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* SpannerInTheWorks: A plan to hijack a plane, make it fly low to avoid radar and land it in an abandoned airbase on the Bermuda Triangle, and steal all of the priceless paintings that were on the cargo section goes flawlessly... except that the crook in charge of piloting the plane doesn't notices that there's an oil rig in the way up until it's too late to dodge it and the rig's mast destroys one of the plane's engines.



* AcePilot: Patroni flies ''the freaking Concorde'' like it was a fighter plane to avoid getting shot down and succeeds, as well as makes it do a crash landing in the end that ''doesn't'' kills everybody on board.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Harrison tries to sell a prototype drone fighter to the Russians and then sends both said drone fighter and a fighter plane to shoot down the Concorde and kill everybody in it, including the secretary that would testify on his actions.




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* SequelGoesForeign: All of the film's second half occurs in Europe and the skies above it, culminating with Patroni having to do an emergency landing on the Alps.

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