AIRPORT 1975
1974, Universal, 107 min, USA, Dir: Jack Smight

When a 747 is rendered pilotless after crashing into a smaller plane, the control tower needs to figure out how to get someone aboard who can fly the jet. Charlton Heston and the ever-reliable George Kennedy struggle to save such passengers as Helen Reddy, Linda Blair, Gloria Swanson and Sid Caesar.


AIRPORT
1970, Universal, 137 min, USA, Dir: George Seaton

The success of this film launched a wave of 1970s disaster movies. Featuring an all-star cast including Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg. Jacqueline Bissett, Helen Hayes (who won the Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance) and more, the story revolves around a Chicago airport manager trying to keep things running during a snowstorm, as a suicidal bomber plots to blow up a Boeing 707.


THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT
1974, Park Circus/MGM, 114 min, USA, Dir: Michael Cimino

Writer-director Michael Cimino’s first film is a terrific, offbeat heist film and modern-day Western, with pro thief Clint Eastwood trying to elude murderous ex-partners George Kennedy and Geoffrey Lewis with aid from gentle-souled drifter Jeff Bridges. THUNDERBOLT constantly surprises with ingenious plot twists, character-driven humor and a wistful sweetness that is all too rare in most action films.


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