title: AIRPORT 1975
year: see title
cast: Karen Black, Charlton Heston, George Kennedy, Linda Blair, Erik Estrada, Gloria Swanson, Conrad Janis
BLAZING SADDLES has not killed my love for Westerns, TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN for heist films, SPACEBALLS for the original STAR WARS, but AIRPLANE has all but destroyed any chance of me taking this, or any plane disaster film, seriously again. A nun serenading a sick girl with an acoustic guitar, a stewardess at the controls after the pilots are taken out... sound familiar? The weak ensemble cast of passengers including three drunk idiots afraid to fly, a know-it-all kid bugging his putupon nanny, and Gloria Swanson as herself, are all uninteresting and eventually forgotten as, during the last half Karen Black flies the 747 as boyfriend Charlton Heston, whilst in a smaller plane with George Kennedy, talks her down. A boring, pointless wreck, and not even that fun to bag on.