HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Devil to Pay, The
Gypsy
Lost in London
Divorce Italian Style
Becky
Salon Kitty
Misbehaviour
Charles, Dead or Alive
Gretel and Hansel
Mademoiselle
Tunnel, The
India Song
Last Rhino, The
Made in Hong Kong
Ring of Spies
Rom Boys: 40 Years of Rad
Pocketful of Miracles
The Tomb: Devil's Revenge
Sidecar Racers
Space Dogs
Out/Marriage
Safety Last!
Bride Who Has Returned from Hell, The
Show Boat
Savage
City Called Dragon, A
I Used to Go Here
Six Suspects
Still the Water
Not Now, Comrade
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Wives of the Skies
Two Heads Creek
Next Stop, Greenwich Village
Captain, The
Great Wall, A
Trout, The
Zorba the Greek
Horror Crowd, The
Matthias & Maxime
   
 
Newest Articles
A Knock on the Door at 4 O'clock in the Morning: The Strangers on Blu-ray
Wives of the Skies: Honey Lauren Interview
To Catch a Thief: After the Fox on Blu-ray
Tackling the Football Film: The Arsenal Stadium Mystery on Blu-ray
Film Noir's Golden Couple: This Gun for Hire on Blu-ray
The Doctor Who Connection: Invasion on Blu-ray
Hill's Angles: Benny Hill and Who Done It? on Blu-ray
Big Willie Style: Keep It Up Downstairs on Blu-ray
Walt's Vault: 5 Cult Movies on Disney+
Paradise Lost: Walkabout on Blu-ray
Buster Makes Us Feel Good: Buster Keaton - 3 Films (Volume 3) on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 3 - Don't Go Away - I Could Do with a Bit of Cheer Now!
What Use is Grief to a Horse? Equus on Blu-ray
For God's Sake Strap Yourselves Down: Flash Gordon on 4K UHD Collector's Edition
Party Hard: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 2 - Your Faces are All Blurred!
Eve Knew Her Apples: The Lady Eve on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Tempo - Gallery One
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 1 - Welcome Once Again to Manchester!
Transformative Apocalypses: Phase IV and Southland Tales
The Happiest Days of Their Lives: The Guinea Pig on Blu-ray
Faced Poe: Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi on Blu-ray
Hard Luck, Buster: The Cameraman on Blu-ray
At the Hop: Mr. Vampire on Blu-ray
Divine Madness: Female Trouble on Blu-ray
   
 
  Airport 1975 Is There Anyone On Board Who Knows How To Fly A Plane?
Year: 1974
Director: Jack Smight
Stars: Charlton Heston, Karen Black, George Kennedy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr, Susan Clark, Gloria Swanson, Myrna Loy, Roy Thinnes, Sid Caesar, Linda Blair, Jerry Stiller, Helen Reddy, Dana Andrews, Ed Nelson, Nancy Olson, Norman Fell, Conrad Janis, Beverly Garland
Genre: Drama, Action, AdventureBuy from Amazon
Rating:  2 (from 5 votes)
Review: Air stewardess Nancy Pryor (Karen Black) briefly meets her airline executive boyfriend Alan Murdock (Charlton Heston) at the airport, but they don't leave on good terms when Alan makes it clear he's not sure about committing to the relationship. Nancy's flight, 409, has been delayed due to a wait for a young kidney patient (Linda Blair) needing to board the plane, as her kidney transplant is at the flight's destination. When she finally arrives, the 747 takes to the skies, but there is calamity ahead: when the flight is diverted to Salt Lake City, it is headed for a businessman with a heart condition (Dana Andrews) who is flying his personal jet on the same path...

Written by Don Ingalls as a follow-up to the all-star 1970 blockbuster Airport, this effort set the series on a course that would become something of a joke to moviegoers for years to come. The nominal star, Heston, was well into his cycle of movies that saw him trying to manage an increasingly out of control universe, but he hardly appears for the first half of the film, which means, of course, that this is a big budget Karen Black vehicle, and every bit as good as that sounds. Surrounding our plucky heroine are a cast of has-beens and never-quites, making the film resemble a wide screen TV movie.

That's not all that makes Airport 1975 look out of place on the silver screen, the soap opera plotting doesn't help, either. The human interest includes Myrna Loy as a sweet little old lady with a taste for bourbon and beer - this borderline alcoholism is played for laughs, as is the trio of tipsy businessmen's confusion. Then there's Hollywood legend Gloria Swanson as, er, Gloria Swanson in yet another comeback, here talking about herself non-stop. Helen Reddy is a nun who cruelly strums a song on the guitar for the ailing Blair; where's John Belushi when you need him? The list goes on.

The forced humour is barely distinguishable from the campy disaster movie conventions by this time. Contrast the little old ladies chuckling over a sex manual (really) with Andrews crashing his jet into the front of the 747 and killing two thirds of the crew, and you may have some trouble keeping a straight face when confronted with its mix of near-sadism, pseudo-knowing humour and heartstring-tugging. The melodrama, because of it's heavily emphasised sincerity, looks ridiculous, especially when Nancy has to take the controls due to the only surviving pilot being blind and delirious ("Thrust levers!").

The story could have fit into a half hour, for all its weight, so once the 747 is hit, there are protracted scenes of Black whining and doing her best against the odds, and Heston and engineer George Kennedy - whose wife (Susan Clark) and son are on the plane - gritting their teeth and working out how to bring the passengers back down to earth. The way they do this features a pretty good stunt, to be fair, with a stuntman hanging out of the back of a helicopter lowered towards the hole in the cockpit, but after all Nancy's been through, why couldn't she be like Doris Day and land the plane herself? Macho Heston steals her thunder. Silly, campy, an insult to the intelligence, Airport 1975 is a must for aficionados of big budget trash. Music by John Cacavas.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 9882 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (2)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
  Lee Fiveash
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
   

 

Last Updated: