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Airport ★★★ 1970 (G)

Old-fashioned disaster thriller built around an all-star cast, fairly moronic script, and an unavoidable accident during the flight of a passenger airliner. A boxoffice hit that paved the way for many lesser disaster flicks (including its many sequels) detailing the reactions of the passengers and crew as they cope with impending doom. Considered to be the best of the “Airport” series; adapted from the Arthur Hailey novel. 137m/C VHS, DVD . Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster, Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bisset, George Kennedy, Helen Hayes, Van Heflin, Maureen Stapleton, Barry Nelson, Lloyd Nolan, Dana Wynter, Barbara Hale, Gary Collins, Jessie Royce Landis; D: George Seaton; W: George Seaton; C: Ernest Laszlo; M: Alfred Newman. Oscars '70: Support. Actress (Hayes); Golden Globes '71: Support. Actress (Stapleton).

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air·port / ˈe(ə)rˌpôrt/ • n. a complex of runways and buildings for the takeoff, landing, and maintenance of civil aircraft, with facilities for passengers. ∎  relating to or denoting light popular fiction such as is offered for sale to travelers in airports: another airport thriller.

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