I'm the very satisfying slap air hostess Jackie Bisset gives to that annoying stowaway woman cutie pie Helen Heyes.
I'm Jean Seberg's glacial looks and hair and that divine little outfit with the short pleated skirt.
I'm Dana Wynter, Burt's still looker of a wife, coming to ask for a divorce as he loves the airport more than her ...
I'm Barbara Hale, Dino's wife arriving just in time to see him caring for injured Bisset and not even noticing her !
I'm Maureen Stapleton, throwing the movie off by mimicking identifiable human emotions.
Surely you can't be serious.
I am serious!
It seems now that a thread doesn`t have to be a `Let`s pretend we`re...` for DLers to spontaneously turn it into one.
I am the obvious, being stated at R7
I'm Gloria Swanson's stunt double, flashing my panties as I slide down the evacuation slide.
I'm Burt Lancaster proclaiming this movie is the biggest piece of crap I ever made, but still happily taking 10 % of the profits.
Laugh all you want, but it's a pretty good movie. And it was a massive hit in 1970; adjusted for inflation, it's the 43rd highest grossing film of all time, with $539 million. Hard to imagine a character-driven adult melodrama (infidelity, suicide, abortion are all discussed in the film) grossing that amount in today's comic book film market.
It was a huge book first, and Arthur Hailey's book got top billing. Big star studded entertainment. I remember seeing it at Radio City Music Hall as a kid and laughing at Helen Hayes, and being toward the back, watching the whole audience jump when the bomb went off and everything was flying about. Maureen Stapleton should have had the Oscar over Hayes, who was a legend then. The beginnings of the Blockbuster.
Stapleton is so real with her emotions that she throws the movie off kilter, it was like a comic strip until she arrives, but we love her.
Two bad movies which made a shitload of money, Airport and Love Story, were well-nominated. Absurdly, but then again no considering it's the Academy, the Academy preferred them to a much better film which was merely the seventh biggest grossing movie of the year, Little Big Man (only one nomination, best supporting actor for Chief Dan George).
It was not a great year at the movies, although it did give us Five Easy Pieces, MASH, Satyricon, Diary of a Mad Housewife, and El Topo.
AIRPORT's best pic nomination is no worse than those for THE ALAMO, CLEOPATRA, DR. DOOLITTLE, or HELLO, DOLLY.
It's better than CRASH
Hell, Airport is not only better than Crash, it's also considerably better than several other winners: The Greatest Show On Earth, Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind....
At the end of the film, the traditional place for writers to arrange happy endings for the deserving and dispense justice to the bad, the author has all the marriages break up.
That'd never fly today, would it.