Airport 1975 may not be 100% as entertaining as its predecessor, Airport, but it remains a pretty good thriller at any rate. It all held my attention every step of the way; there's plenty of suspense and great acting! The casting was well done; and the choreography and cinematography both reflect good forethought. True, the musical score essentially just tells you how to feel; but Helen Reddy gets in a good number as she sings and plays guitar very well! In addition, some people say that this is a campy movie with a plot that relies upon many clichés and soap-opera style melodramatic relationships; and I think they are right. It's possible, however, that at the time the filmmakers thought they were making something more serious--but at any rate, it's still pretty good entertainment.
When the action starts (and there's lots of action), we quickly meet the principle characters of the story. There's 747 ace pilot Alan Murdock (Charlton Heston) and his flight attendant girlfriend (they called them stewardesses back then) Nancy Pryor (Karen Black) who have had a stormy affair for the last six years without commitment much to Nancy's chagrin; and George Kennedy reprises his Airport role of Joe Patroni, an ace at airport troubleshooting and a fine pilot in his own right. Although Nancy wants to spend time talking with Alan to save their failing relationship, she must serve on a red eye special with Captain Stacy (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) at the controls. Moreover, Alan doesn't seem all that interested in talking with Nancy--he'd rather be alone with her instead.Read more ›
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