- 2 hr 17 min
Airport is a dramatic thriller that was released in 1970. It was written and directed by George Seaton. The film stars Burt Lancaster as Mel Bakersfeld, and Dean Martin as Vernon Demerest. The supporting cast consists of Jean Seaberg, Jacqueline Bisset, George Kennedy, Helen Hayes, Van Heflin, Maureen Stapleton, and Barry Nelson. The film begins with D.O. Guerrero depressed, and buying life insurance before he plans on committing suicide. His plan involves blowing up a plane. Guerrero has had mental issues in the past, but hasn't had issues recently until now. Also, his plan now is a way to have his wife collect the life insurance. When he is on the plane, the crew is made aware of his plans to destroy the plane. A man there to evaluate the pilot, Vernon, attempts to talk Guerrero out of it. On the ground, Mel Bakersfeld deals with the issue along with all the other issues he has to deal with from day to day. Guerroro begins to consider giving up the bomb until he is frightened, and he runs into the bathroom and triggers the explosive device. At this point, the airliner has to make an emergency landing. It is hard to, because of the poor weather. Also, the airport they choose to land at has another plane that is stuck on the runway. With time running out, the airplane must be moved out of the way so the plane in the air can land as safely as possible. While the plane is waiting to land, several people require medical assistance from the explosion. The rest of the film is a race to the finish as everyone works hard to make sure that the plane can land without further disaster. The ending of the film highlights all the roadblocks preventing the emergency landing from happening sooner.