Actors: Jack Lemmon, James Stewart, George Kennedy
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Airport '77|
|A prototype, commercial 747, en route for a museum opening in Palm Beach, is hijacked and crashes into the Bermuda Triangle. The pilot (Jack Lemmon) and Chief Executive (Brenda Vacarro) must keep the passengers safe and sane while awaiting rescue. Pilot Don Gallagher (Lemmon) enlists the aid of stalwart a entrepreneur (Christopher Lee) to help him launch a lifeboat to the surface of the water. One of them is successful, one dies in an underwater explosion. The United States Navy attempts to raise the downed plane from the bed of the ocean. Aboard is the estranged daughter of the plane's owner, James Stewart, in a wasted role. George Kennedy returns to the "Airport" franchise as Joe Patroni but his role is so brief, you might blink and miss it.
--Joan C. Sellarole, Resident Scholar
|Airport 77 is different from movies of it's kind in the fact that it focusses more on the mode of the rescue operation than on mid-air panic. A Boeing 747 manned by Captain Joe Patroni(George Kennedy) is carrying a bevy of distinguished citizens, who are being flown in by the wealthy Philip Stevens (James Stewart) to the opening of his new art museum. Apart from the celebrities however, the plane is also carrying some invaluable pieces of art - and that is precisely what some hijackers are after. However, things don't go according to plan for the air-pirates for too long. In the melee, the plane goes out of control and dives into the ocean over the Bermuda Triangle. As the aircraft sinks to the ocean floor, the ground staff plan a mammoth rescue operation - attempting what has never been tried before. To lay a huge balloon under the aircraft, inflate it and use the air pressure to bring the aircraft up - in one piece!
--Biswa, Resident Scholar
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 55%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 25%
Time/Era of Movie:
Disaster, big vehicle
Kind of vehicle:
- not employed but independently wealthy
- pilot, civilian
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- brunette (Brown)
- brunette (Black)
- short/standard straight (man)
- average (man)
Events of movie makes character more...
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Brown)
- (man) short/standard wavy
- (woman) long wavy
- average build (man)
- average (woman)
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- fight for survival
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- lost at sea
- passenger plane
Accounts of torture and death?
- non-gory references to death/punishment
Movie makes you feel...
- all mixed up
How many deaths in film?
How much use of techno gadgets?
- 3 ()
Kind of violence:
- mental battles
Unusual forms of death
- Occasional swearing
Lot of special effects?
Kinds of F/X
- exploding vehicles
Is this movie based on a
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