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- Jerome Albano
The review by Leonard Maltin is not of Airport from1970 . I enjoyed the film. Acting honors go to Hayes, Kennedy and Stapleton but every body was good---enjoyed the movie
Glossy Jet Age Soap Opera
A ferocious winter storm, a stuck 707, a mad bomber and various romantic issues create melodrama at a major Chicago airport. Arthur Hailey's bestselling novel (the #1 book of 1968) becomes a glossy, grandly entertaining big screen extravaganza, produced by Ross Hunter for the sole purpose of entertaining the audience, and this one does it in spades; it was so successful (its adjusted-for-inflation box office gross is $526 million!) that it kicked off the disaster movie craze of the 1970s, although the audience I recently saw the film with agreed that the movie is more soap opera than disaster flick. Ernest Laszlo's color cinematography really pops on the big screen and Alfred Newman's score is appropriately propulsive. The all-star cast is fun, with the acting honors going to Helen Hayes (who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar as an elderly stowaway) and Maureen Stapleton (nominated for Best Supporting Actress as the distressed wife of the bomber).
ALWAYS ENJOY AIRPORT. GEORGE KENNEDY IS GREAT. WOULD LOVE TO SIT BACK AND ENJOY THAT MOVIE .
- Jay Higgins
What melodrama! But it is great fun and certainly it's entertaining. Burt Lancaster overacts to the hilt, but Helen Hayes is a delight, Maureen Stapleton and Van Heflin give fine performances as well. Jacqueline Bisset has rarely been more beautiful. This is the disaster film that started a craze in the 1970's.