A supersonic airborne disaster. In order to survive a flight headed for the Moscow Olympics, passengers of the Concorde must endure aerial acrobatics to dodge missiles and survive a device that decompresses the plane.


David Lowell Rich


Arthur Hailey (novel), Jennings Lang (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alain Delon ... Capt. Paul Metrand
Susan Blakely ... Maggie Whelan
Robert Wagner ... Dr. Kevin Harrison
Sylvia Kristel ... Isabelle
George Kennedy ... Capt. Joe Patroni
Eddie Albert ... Eli Sands
Bibi Andersson ... Francine
Charo ... Margarita
John Davidson ... Robert Palmer
Andrea Marcovicci ... Alicia Rogov
Martha Raye ... Loretta
Cicely Tyson ... Elaine
Jimmie Walker ... Boisie
David Warner ... Peter O'Neill
Mercedes McCambridge ... Nelli


This last film in the 'Airport 'series ends fast - with an SST (supersonic transport); Concorde. Joe Patroni (George Kennedy) Murray deal with nuclear missiles being fired at the'speed-bird' (the actual British Concorde's ATC name) as a passenger on-board is carrying documents which can bring down the titan of a large military contractor, and in order to prevent this, the CEO tries to arrange for the plane's mid-air destructoon, using the French air force as a patsy.who are under the impression they're bringing down a compromised plane. Written by Huggo

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At twice the speed of sound, can the Concorde evade attack?


Action | Drama | Thriller


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Did You Know?


Harry Shearer: Uncredited, as the voice of Jeffrey Marx. See more »


In the story, an airline takes possession of a Concorde, then it immediately launches its first commercial flight. The plane was delivered without the livery of the airline, but had the name "Concorde" on the side. In the real world this never would have happened. Clearly, this was done to promote the Concorde, which at the time was barely profitable and was in need of an increase in passengers, most of whom were driven away by the extremely high ticket costs. See more »


Capt. Joe Patroni: [pulls Eli up out of a tear] Eli, you okay?
Eli Sands: I had the best seat in the house!
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Alternate Versions

José Ferrer appears in the footage added to the film when it was shown on ABC-TV. He does not appear in the theatrical release. See more »


Referenced in The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo: Airsick - 1981 (1981) See more »

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The Miniature Effects, The Lalo Schifrin Score, Robert Wagner...Not Bad
15 April 2010 | by StuOzSee all my reviews

I remember walking out of an Australian movie theatre in 1980 and saying to my brother..."That was a disaster movie but what was the disaster?". Granted, I was a child at the time.

This Airport movie is different to the other three, no big sea dive or big collision, Airport '79 just seemed to be all over the place! However, the film has improved with age and two recent viewings have been very much enjoyed. It has a touch of The Towering Inferno (1974) with Robert Wagner still being up to no good, the miniature effects work of the Concorde itself is pleasing to my eyes and the film starts with a very uplifting Lalo Schifrin theme tune.

Perhaps Schifrin was trying to be the new disaster movie composer as in 1980 he would score Irwin Allen's When Time Ran Out as well.

There was to be a 5th Airport movie but the poor box office takings for Airport '79 put an end to all that. Too bad as all four Airport films are a special part of the 1970s and still survive repeat viewings to this day.

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Release Date:

17 August 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Airport '79 See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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$14,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


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1.85 : 1
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