09/03/10 232 W - + 6 - 2 Airport - The Movie

Friday fun. Here's another motion picture flashback to the days of all-star disaster movies. These are the opening credits from Airport, which was released in 1970 and adapted from the bestselling 1968 Arthur Hailey novel. The film is set in Chicago, follows operations at a Chicago airport. There's also a parallel plot involving a passenger who wants to explode a bomb in-flight on a Boeing 707.

We'll start with this nifty release poster, courtesy of the Wikipedia article. Then there's this trailer below, which is an absolute howler. Notice the footage of landing gear at the beginning? That's a B-52 bomber! Calling Dr. Strangelove!


Much of the filming for Airport was done in the familiar Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, which was a favorite attraction of moi as a youth in the Twin Cities. Any visit to the airport or even the general vicinity was cause for excitement.

The opening credits for the film are particular exciting, due to (a.) vintage footage of heavy equipment clearing snow and (b.) the exciting main theme by composer Alfred Newman. What a great, rousing, classic-style movie theme! He died before the release of the film, and received a posthumous Oscar nomination, his 45th and a record to date tied with John Williams, for most nominations received by a composer. Enjoy these credits, as well as the first few minutes of the film:

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