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The Concorde: Airport ’79 (1979).

July 10, 2009

The Scoop:
This (mercifully) final installment in the “Airport” series reaches a zenith of silliness — surpassing even the jumbo-jet-on-the-ocean-floor of “Airport ’77” — and provides most of the fodder for the hilarious “Airplane!”

A goodwill flight from Washington to Moscow is interrupted by missles, fighter planes, Charo’s chihuahua and other intrigue. Along the way, the French pilot (Alain Delon) has lots of sex, Jimmie Walker gets high and plays the saxophone, Martha Raye gets tossed around the bathroom, Avery Schreiber makes funny faces and, best of all, George Kennedy dogfights with a pair of F-15s armed only with a flare gun. But wait, there’s more! The seemingly endless cast list also includes Robert Wagner, Sylvia Kristel, Susan Blakely, David Warner, John Davidson, Eddie Albert, Cicely Tyson and a host of others.

It’s all total trash. But it’s highly entertaining trash. There’s not a whole lot more to say about it except, damn, what a turkey. (But I mean that in the nicest possible way.)

Best Line:
“Well, it’s called the ‘cockpit’ for a reason…”

Side Note:
The concorde used in the film was sold to Air France after the production, and it is the same plane that crashed on takeoff from Paris in July 2000, becoming France’s worst air disaster.

Companion Viewing:
“Airplane!” (1980) and the other films in the “Airport” series.

Cool Cinema Trash.
The Agony Booth.

Take a Look:
The trailer:


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