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Based on Arthur Hailey's best-selling novel, Airport is more or less a soap opera, set in a major urban airport and on an airplane, that accidentally became the blueprint for a slew of big-budget disaster movies in the 1970s, including three sequels to this one alone. Mel Bakersfeld (Burt Lancaster) is the harried airport manager whose wife (Dana Wynter) has just discovered that he's been having an affair with his assistant (Jean Seberg). Meanwhile, Bakersfeld's brother-in-law, pilot Vernon Demarest (Dean Martin) has problems of his own, having just impregnated a stewardess… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Yes, it may be junk, but it's irresistible junk, like cotton candy, chicken nuggets or Gilligan's Island reruns."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"One of the most embarrassing films to be nominated for Best Picture and other Oscars, Airport is a trashy flick that began the cycle of disaster movies; the spoof Airport is better and more enjoyable."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Cheesy fun."
‑ Edward Johnson-Ott, NUVO Newsweekly
"Before there was Airplane! there was Airport, a surprisingly engaging disaster drama that ignited a trend."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Old-fashioned and fairly stagy, but this great-granddaddy of disaster flicks has an undeniable old-fashioned charm."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"If it weren't for a mad bomber story line, it would be the perfect empty movie for airlines to show on long flights."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It spawned a sub-genre, but it was old-fashioned when it was new."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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