The Concorde: Airport ’79 (1979)

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Starring: Alain Delon, Susan Blakely, Robert Wagner, Sylvia Kristel, George Kennedy, Eddie Albert, Bibi Andersson, Charo, John Davidson, Andrea Marcovicci, Martha Raye, Cicely Tyson, Jimmie Walker, David Warner, Mercedes McCambridge, Monica Lewis, Stacy Heather Tolkin, and Avery Schreiber.

Directed by: David Lowell Rich.


Joe Patroni, now promoted to Airline Captain, pilots a plane which a corrupt company, Harrison Industries, wants to crash because one of the passengers on board, Maggie, holds documents with her that prove Harrison Industries is secretly making nuclear weapons. The company’s CEO, Kevin Harrison, is also on this flight to make sure all goes as planned, but it doesn’t, so he improvises by de-pressurizing the aircraft at altitude, therefore crashing the plane right into the Alps.


*Maggie Whelan (Susan Blakely): The woman on board who knows all about Harrison’s dirty secrets.

*Kevin Harrison (Robert Wagner): Arms dealer and owner of Harrison Industries, he’s the one behind the plane crash.

*Captain Paul Metrand (Alain Delon): Patroni’s partner on board.

*Captain Joe Patroni (George Kennedy): The only reappearing character throughout the whole ‘Airport’ series. He needs no introduction.

*Isabelle (Sylvia Kristel): Metrand’s lover and head stewardess.

*Peter O’Neill (David Warner): The 2nd in command pilot.


After looking at all of the story possibilities for “Airport” films at a bird’s eye perspective, you tend to wonder how long exactly this franchise could go on for. In the first one, it was a suicide bomber and a snow storm; the second one had a big hole in the cockpit and dead pilots; the third one had flooding airplane in the Bermuda Triangle; and now we have foreign government spooks, missiles, arms dealers, and a supersonic plane trapped beneath the Alps.

Welcome to ‘Airport’ on ice where a super sonic plane called The Concorde can fly upside down – I guess they were running out of realistic ideas here(?). This is as bad the ‘Airport’ movies get, sorry to say. It starts out with the passengers boarding and the disaster occurring, then it becomes a flashback movie that follows up to the point where it left off with the disaster. And for God’s sake, who the heck wants to see George Kennedy having sex? 

 Anyway, you should probably stop at “Airport 1975”, no actually, “Airport ’77” is not as bad and unrealistic as this film. This sequel should have been titled “The Ice Age: Airport ’79” because this is the point in the ‘Airport’ series where all creativity and realism has frozen over, much like the ugly supersonic plane that’s trapped beneath the snow in the Alps.

Rating: *


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