Airport '77 1977 PG CC

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Art thieves hijack a 747, hit fog and crash into the ocean, trapping them and the passengers under 100 feet of water.

Starring:
Jack Lemmon, Lee Grant
Runtime:
1 hour 54 minutes

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Airport '77

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Director Jerry Jameson
Starring Jack Lemmon, Lee Grant
Supporting actors Brenda Vaccaro, Joseph Cotten, Olivia de Havilland, James Stewart, George Kennedy, Darren McGavin, Christopher Lee, Robert Foxworth, Robert Hooks, Monte Markham, Kathleen Quinlan, Gil Gerard, James Booth, Monica Lewis, Maidie Norman, Pamela Bellwood, Arlene Golonka, Tom Sullivan
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
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Customer Reviews

The special effects are great as well.
CinemaBookGuy
Jack Lemmon heading the distinguished cast with Christopher Lee, Jimmy Stewart, Olivia de Havilland, Lee Grant & Brenda Vercarro.
AIRPORT DATABASE
The plane crashes at sea and sinks to the bottom when only the forward cargo hold flooded.
Harald T. Arnesen

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr N Forbes-warren on July 25, 2000
Format: DVD
This is my favourite on the AIRPORT series(the second best being the CONCORDE - AIRPORT 79 for its sheer hilariousness - although look what happened outside Paris in the news today!) with some rather impressive special effects for its time. The plot revolves around an art billionaire Philip Stevens, played by JAMES STEWART, who invites an assortment of characters on to his private 747, piloted by JACK LEMMON. Lo and behold, his co-pilot(ROBERT FOXWORTH, who was also in THE PROPHECY and OMEN 2) has masterminded a hijacking, which goes horribly wrong when the plane hits an oil rig, ditches into the sea and settles underwater! Somehow the fuselage remains intact - who will survive! We can surely guess the outcome. Also there's a vet treating human injuries - this was done a year earlier for spoof value in Paramount's disaster movie send-up THE BIG BUS! Dear me! But this is a great piece of 1970s vintage cheese which will be enjoyed by all. The effects and underwater photography during the submarine-style rescue attempt are still superb, the plane interior sets are quite realistic for this type of movie and the cast of stars, as well as LEMMON and STEWART you get JOSEPH COTTEN, Dynasty's PAMELA BELLWOOD, Buck Rogers star GIL GERARD, LEE GRANT, OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND and once again GEORGE KENNEDY as Joe Patroni, liasing with the US Navy(some great military action here as well!) with the rescue attempt. I saw this on TV not so long ago for the first time in ages, and it'll definitely be included in my DVD collection!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aric T. on December 22, 2002
Format: DVD
This film, like all of the Airport movies is loaded with stars (something that a low-budget film could NEVER do today). Jack Lemmon, Jimmy Stewart, Lee Grant, George Kennedy, Olivia DeHavilland, Kathleen Quinlan, etc, etc...
While I must admit, the plot of the movie is rather fantastic, consdering a 747 hitting the water at 200 knots+ would break up. But, one thing that I am impressed with is the aircraft realism (the same goes for Airport '75). The production unit really went out of their way to represent the 747 in an accurate way. This film, along with Airport '75, utilized the American Airlines 747 flight simulators in Dallas, TX, thus providing the audience with a true-to-life cockpit environment. Therefore, this is a MUST for aviation buffs...
My only complaint about this movie is the quality of the DVD...Despite being a below-average transfer, it offers no special features or deleted scenes. Anyone who has seen the TV version of this movie knows that there is a lot of extra footage, especially in the beginning. Hopefully, there will be another release somewhere down the road...Maybe a collector's box of all the Airport films?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AIRPORT DATABASE on January 31, 2003
Format: DVD
Airport 77 is probably the series best film. Second to Airport 75. The music score is great. To me the special effects were great. I didn't see any dumb effects. The cast was so fantastic. I am surprised some of them even come out of their shells for a movie but i am glad they did. Jack Lemmon heading the distinguished cast with Christopher Lee, Jimmy Stewart, Olivia de Havilland, Lee Grant & Brenda Vercarro.
A luxury 747 takes off from Washington DC packed with priceless art and lots of VIPs on their way to Steves (stewart) musuem where they will donate their part of the art. Grant as a drunk wife, de Havilland kindling old love and playing a hand, Lee planning for future living and dealing the with his drunk wife, Lemmon flying the big 747 and wanting to marry long time girlfriend Brenda Vacarro, Brenda Vercarro playing the head stewardess and girl friend to lemmon.
Bring out a boxset and a extra dvd with lots of info, bios and deleted scenes. And visit the AIRPORT DATABASE for lots of info and speak on our forum!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By arca20@yahoo.com on May 30, 1999
Format: DVD
Although this is not one of the best films I have seen per se it stands out as memorably daft but highly enjoyable. It stands as the best of the four Airport films and is complimented with a fine cast who do more than just play it by the numbers, tempting as it may be. It may sound silly - a plane crashing into the sea, sinking beneath the waves leaving the crew and passengers with the difficult problem of getting out - but somehow it works. An enjoyable piece of nonsense to wile away a couple of hours.
This is a good transfer DVD - the picture and sound are good. My only complaint would be the lack of features - no trailer, no biographies, not even a mention of its "siblings". Still, a worthy addition to my collection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on January 2, 2004
Format: DVD
"Airport '77," directed by Jerry Jameson, is a good example of the disaster flick genre. In this film some aspiring thieves attempt to hijack a luxury aircraft full of valuable works of art. But when the plot goes horribly wrong, the plane's heroic pilot (Jack Lemmon) must lead the crew and passengers in a harrowing struggle for survival.
Although some corny, soap opera-ish elements give the film a dated feel, overall it's a gripping and entertaining adventure. Lemmon makes a solid, likeable action hero, and he and Brenda Vaccaro (as his character's love interest) have an engaging onscreen chemistry. The rest of the cast is full of both big stars and recognizable character actors, among them Lee Grant, Joseph Cotten, James Stewart, George Kennedy and Robert Foxworth. Veteran film villain Christopher Lee is particularly memorable; here he is successfully cast against type in a sympathetic role.
The film strikes a solid balance between character-driven drama and hardware-driven action scenes. The cooperation of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard (noted in the closing credits) undoubtedly contributed to the flavor of authenticity in certain key scenes. A must-see for disaster film fans.
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