Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Concorde - Airport '79

aka Airport '79

How bad is it? It's one of the worst disaster films of the 1970's.
Should you see it? If you're old enough to remember the Concorde.
"Airport" was everyone's favorite guilty pleasure of 1970 and even garnered Helen Hayes an undeserved Oscar. The sequel "Airport 1975" is even more entertainingly campy, but not quite bad enough for this blog. In turn, it's sequel, "Airport '77" is certainly bad enough, but not quite entertaining enough for inclusion. "The Concorde" is so bad that it killed the franchise.

The film features quite a cast, including: Cicely Tyson, Martha Raye, Mercedes McCambridge as a Russian, Charro, Jimmie Walker, Robert Wagner as a mad scientist attacking the plane with missiles, George Kennedy as a pilot that can shoot a gun accurately upside-down at 1500 mph at 60,000 feet, David Warner with the line "I dreamt I was chased by a giant banana," Bibi Andersson as a prostitue, Sylvia Kristel as a stewardess, Susan Blakely, Sybil Danning, John Davidson, Eddie Albert, Avery Schreiber, Ed Begley Jr., Jose Ferrer and Harry Shearer (voice only).

There's a bomb on board, the plan flies upside down and it crashes in the Alps. There are a surprising number of bedroom scenes and suicide for a plane ride. The biggest problem is that it's about Americans headed to the Moscow Olympics, which were boycotted in real life.

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