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195 Ratings


Directed by George Seaton
United States, 1970
Drama, Thriller


A bomber on board an airplane, an airport almost closed by snow, and various personal problems of the people involved. Based on Arthur Hailey’s best-selling potboiler.

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Airport Directed by George Seaton

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1971 | Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1971 | 9 nominations including: Best Picture

BAFTA Awards

1971 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actress

Writers Guild of America

1971 | Nominee: Best Drama Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1971 | Winner: Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture

1971 | 3 nominations including: Best Motion Picture - Drama

Critics reviews

It’s still very entertaining and dramatically solid, for all its plastic-fantastic points, barrelling along with Seaton’s real storytelling savvy and utilising its excellent cast with a finite sense of what they bring to the table, particularly Hayes’ perky, elfin humour, Stapleton’s clammy panic, Bisset’s foxy poise, and Kennedy’s macho heft. Others don’t work so well, like Martin, who seems rather fuzzy throughout playing a character seemingly perfect for him.
May 25, 2016
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[The stars’] indifference strangely works for the film, in large part because of all the clashing acting styles on display. As Guerrero, Heflin seems genuinely conflicted and tortured (one gets the feeling this isn’t all play-acting) and as his anguished wife Inez, Maureen Stapleton, goes full Method, lending the movie a clammy intensity that it in no way deserves.
February 26, 2015
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For a big dumb event movie, it’s almost surreally adult by current standards, albeit in a shallow, soapy kind of way; even the ostensible “villain” has an utterly banal, real-world motivation for his behavior, never coming across as anything more than a terrified, desperate loser. Nor would any mass audience today tolerate such a slow, patient, methodical buildup.
July 07, 2012
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