"Airport" is a great film all around. I purchased the DVD a year ago and it has had several screenings for friends who never saw it. They absolutely loved it.
It's a classic, no doubt about that.
Jacqueline Bisset as Trans Global Airlines senior stewardess Gwen Meighen gets my vote as the best fictional FA
of all time......hmmm, okay, perhaps not ZE best, but she was absolutely gorgeous in that grey and yellow form fitting uniform. This dame had both a bun in the galley oven and inside her, courtesy of Dino. She LOOKED like an FA
. And of course we had good ole swooning Dino boy as Captain Vernon Demerest, suave, rugged, and surprisingly sober while commanding Flight 2, The Golden Argosy, non-stop B707 service from Lincoln International to........aaaaaaah, ROMA, where he and Gwen were to have their 3 day romantic tryst in Napoli (Tell me their fellow crew members wouldn't clue in? Tongues wag and talk in the crew centre, Gwen and Vern!).
"Vern, do you remember that layover we had in San Francisco, where we stayed at that hotel on Nob Hill? Well, I suppose I was rather careless, and forgot to take precautions". Ummm Hmmmmm. Indeed, Gwen, indeed. Tell THAT to your stew supervisor. And as a senior stew, you are to be an example to the fresh birds joining the line? Tch tch tch.
And I also loved the Drama Queen performance of Burt Lancaster's neglected wife, Cindy. "You care more about this DAMN airport than you do me!"
"You PROMISED you'd attend my charity function, all the other husbands make a point of attending, but not you, you're so wrapped up in this DAMN AIRPORT!" These lines being uttered as she is dressed, made up and coiffed like a true sophisticated bitch. Love it.
One person in this film who doesn't seem to get praise for their performance is Maureen Stapleton, that wonderful actress who portrayed Van Heflin's long suffering wife. It was an excellent performance. And was it just me or did Trans Global Airlines pax agent supervisor Tanya Livingston (the cool beauty Jean Seberg) seem to always be in the pivotal location during the airborne drama, totally neglecting her duties and the pax on other TG
Aside from all that, the one thing that bothered me was the fact that the economy/coach class cabin mock-up interior of Flight 2 had an aisle that, to me was a tad too wide. You will especially notice this when the camera is mounted above looking down into the cabin.
If you haven't had the opportunity to see "Airport", do so. Yeah, it's got cheese, sleaze and tease, but it's a damn good civil aviation film. Also, read the novel by Arthur Hailey, which is excellent, timeless and the best of uts kind.