Airport (1970)

AIRPORT, based on the best-selling novel by Arthur Hailey, takes place during 12 hours at the fictitious Lincoln International Airport. Burt Lancaster plays the manager of the airport which is experiencing the worst blizzard in years. Van Heflin plays the despondent and desperate husband of Maureen Stapleton. Helen Hayes received an Oscar for her performance of an elderly widow who developed a habit of sneaking aboard airliners for free flights. AIRPORT was an immensely popular film, becoming one of the top grossing films of that era. The movie has local significance as the majority was filmed in 1969 at the Minneapolis St-Paul International Airport and in what was the relatively new terminal. Prior to the film presentation, the AIRPORT “behind the scenes” featurette unseen for decades will be shown thanks to the assistance of the Academy Film Archives, without whom this presentation would be possible. A portion of the proceeds benefit Angel Flight Central (AFC), a volunteer non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission it is to “Serve people in need by arranging charitable flights for health care or other humanitarian purposes.” Today, AFC volunteers and supporters throughout the Midwest have made possible over 32,000 flights “free of charge” covering over 11 million nautical miles, helping thousands of families access specialized health care, special needs camps, and other destinations for disaster response efforts and compassionate reasons.

Barry Nelson, Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, George Kennedy, Helen Hayes, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean Seberg, Lloyd Nolan, Maureen Stapleton, Van Heflin
George Seaton
137 Minutes

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