Airport 1975 1974 PG CC

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(66) IMDb 5.4/10
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A 747 in flight collides with a small plane, and is rendered pilotless. Somehow the control tower must get a pilot aboard so the jet can land.

Charlton Heston, Karen Black
1 hour 48 minutes

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Airport 1975

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Director Jack Smight
Starring Charlton Heston, Karen Black
Supporting actors George Kennedy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Susan Clark, Helen Reddy, Linda Blair, Dana Andrews, Roy Thinnes, Sid Caesar, Myrna Loy, Ed Nelson, Nancy Olson, Larry Storch, Martha Scott, Jerry Stiller, Norman Fell, Conrad Janis, Beverly Garland, Linda Harrison
Studio Universal Studios
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Damn it, somebody could have asked at least!
Austin Somlo
I will say the guys in the Salt Lake City air traffic control tower leave a lot to be desired, but they are the weakest of the film's cast.
J. Lindner
Much of the stunt work in the movie was also good, and very convincing.
Christopher Dalton

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4, 2004
Format: DVD
I won't comment on the film or the acting; it's hard to take any Airport film seriously after Airplane! skewered the genre.
However, if you appreciate the film for what it is, fun entertainment, this is certainly one of the better in the 70's disaster film genre and the special effects have held up well over the years.
If you're interested in this film, I strongly urge you to buy this copy instead of or in addition to the Airport Terminal Pack; there is a mastering error that does not fully expand the film horizontally in that collection, with the result that objects are somewhat compressed horizontally from their true proportions. Another reviewer's references to "tire ovals" and "stick people" is a bit of an exaggeration, but you'll wonder why the plane is so short and stubby and why the airport's pickup trucks look as if they have 4' beds. :-)
In short, another mastering error on Universal's part and, frankly, a somewhat better transfer on GoodTimes' part make THIS the better transfer of Airport 1975...
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jay Dickson VINE VOICE on May 30, 2003
Format: DVD
AIRPORT 75 must have the least believable premise of any major Hollywood release that wasn't straight science fiction: a small private plane crashes into the cockpit of a giant 747 en route to Salt Lake City, and all the flight crew members are either killed outright or incapacitated as a result. So a stewardess (Karen Black, as bewitchingly crosseyed as ever) has to come into the remains of the damaged cockpit (which, despite the fact that it has a giant gaping hole in it, still manages to retain Black within it and does little more to her then make her chilly) and steer the plane to Salt Lake until Charlton Heston can be dropped by helicopter into the hole in the cockpit.

The premise was so outrageous even at the time that it quickly spawned two exceptionally memorable parodies: "Disaster 75" on THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW and AIRPLANE! (for which it was one of the primary sources of inspiration). But the original itself is so jawdroppingly strange it remains almsot beyond parody. The passengers are played by a series of Borscht Belt comedians like Sid Caesar and Jerry Stiller and Norman Fell, with the notable exceptions of a singing nun (Helen Reddy), a young girl with serious health problems (Linda Blair), and, most memorably, Gloria Swanson (as herself). The other stewardesses keep wandering in to the damaged cockpit to be comforted by Karen Black, whom one would think has enough problems as it is. Even if you can get beyond these thing, you find yourself fascinated by the questions the film's astonishingly bizarre details propose, such as why the airline's logo is so ugly and why its color scheme (bright red with violet and fuchsia accents!) is so hideous.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Grant Allan on August 15, 2002
Format: DVD
My personal favourite of all the Airport movies, Airport 1975 is a camp classic. Right from the opening credits I am whisked away to the 70's and the familiar feeling of snuggling up at the drive-in....I can almost smell the thermos coffee. Airport 1975 doesn't take itself too seriously, yet all the characters play it straight. With a cast that reads like a guest list for a post Oscars party this movie seems to be full of cliches, yet it was this movie that started the said cliches, which I suppose debunks that theory. This is the movie that Airplane (aka Flying High) stuck closest too. With the sick child (Linda Blair), singing nun (Helen Reddy) and commitmentphobe pilot (Charlton Heston) all represented in the direct spoof. The movie however belongs to Karen Black, the poor old flight attendant. The plane is rendered pilotless when a midair collision with a small plane collides with the cockpit. Ms Black then has to take control of the 747 with no experience in flying whatsoever. Entertaining and hilarious.
I was disappointed however in the DVD which was very light on features. I would have loved to see a trailer, a commentary or better yet, a feature on all four Airport movies, but alas, it was not to be. I had to settle for a filmography on the top 2 stars only and that was it.
If you want a blast from the past, or are just fond of the disaster flicks churned out in the 1970's I would heartily recommend Airport 1975.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christoph M. Lion on October 10, 2000
Format: DVD
I saw this in the theaters when it first opened and loved it. However, even as a kid I could tell there were problems. The film is very campy and everyone seems to be concentrating very hard on "acting." Watch Karen Black's eyes... there are several scenes where her eyes are actually uncrossed!
A cast of future has-beens dominates this film: Linda "Exorcist" Blair plays the "isn't she cute?" sick girl and Helen "I am Woman Hear Me Roar" Reddy plays a nun. Spot "Mr. Roper," Erik Estrada and Sharon Gless amongst the cast. Gloria Swanson makes an appearance-and yes, she too "acts."
Charlton Heston and George Kennedy spend half the film trying to outdo each other saying cheesy lines with such earnest I almost believed them. The thought of Charlton, with his turtleneck and aviator glasses, gritting his teeth and saying, "Fly, baby, fly," still gives me chills... or is it hives?
Regardless, this film is an amazing amount of fun and more repeated viewings just adds to the pleasure. You'll find yourself asking questions like, "How come when I fly, I can barely see out the window, but on this flight, people in the back of the plane can see all that is happening at the front of the plane?" or "If they are flying at 190 mph, how come there is only a light breeze coming through the gapping hole in the cockpit?"
Buy this film, you won't regret it.
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