MIDWAY
1976, Universal, 132 min, USA, Dir: Jack Smight

The June 1942 battle near the Pacific atoll of Midway was a decisive one in World War II, and this exciting epic faithfully recounts the gambits, mistakes and lucky breaks that tipped the war toward U.S. victory. Seemingly every star in Hollywood reported for duty on MIDWAY; Charlton Heston plays a captain whose pilot son is involved with a Japanese-American woman, while Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Glenn Ford, James Coburn, Hal Holbrook and Cliff Robertson are among the naval brass conducting the campaign. John Williams’ stirring score offers some of the epic sweep he would bring to STAR WARS a year later.


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.


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