Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Fly The Not So Friendly Skies With Dean Martin

This picture comes courtesy of my pallie Soul Sister.

airport-soulsis

It's from the 1970 film Airport. It was based on the 1968 novel of the same name by Arthur Hailey. The plot centered on an airport struggling to stay open during a massive snowstorm, while a suicidal passenger plans to blow up a plane in flight. The film starred a huge ensemble cast, which included Dean Martin, Burt Lancaster, George Kennedy, Helen Hayes, Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bisset, Van Helfin, Barry Nelson, Gary Collins, Maureen Stapleton, etc. Dean Martin played pilot Captain Vernon Demerest. The film was a huge blockbuster, which also achieved a lot of critical acclaim. It received countless Oscar nominations. Helen Hayes won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The film spawned several sequels and helped launched the disaster film genre.

Here's a movie trailer done for the film by a fan:


14 comments:

Cocktails said...

Hey, I'd forgotten all about that film! I really must dig it out again, I remember it being pretty good.

Keith said...

Hey Cocktails. Thanks for the comments. I hope you get a chance to watch it again. Yeah, it is a good film. Cheers!

Nancy Sinatra Fan said...

Hello Keith. I love this film. It's one of my favorite Dean Martin films. I enjoyed that trailer you posted as well.

Keith said...

Hey Phoebe. Thanks. Glad you liked it. I thought that clip was pretty cool myself. This is a good film. It's one of his best.

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie Keith, and likes dude did you likes know that our Dino got paid 7 mil.....more then any other actor of his time ever had...to do the role of Vern....but thens no one ever was, ever will be as cool as our King of Cool....

Keith said...

Hey pallie DMP. Thanks for the comments. Yeah, I thought it was so cool that he made so much bread to do this movie. He definitely deserved it. He's the King of Cool after all. Cheers!

Cate said...

Hey, Keith! That film sounds so awesome. I'm going to rent it, if they have it at the video library. I love how flying had such a glamourous feel back in the day, not like now where you can fly anywhere for 20 dollars, or something. Also in the film "Catch Me If You Can", you can observe what kind of privileges pilots emjoyed half a century ago... Oh my, half a century... That sounds like so long ago. :(
Have a good one!

The Wolfmen said...

Love the retro look of the girl on Dino's left...

Keith said...

Hey Cate. Thanks for the comments. It is a really cool film. I think you'll enjoy it. Dean Martin was great in it as well as the rest of the cast. Flying definitely had a glam feel to it back in this era. I've seen plenty of pictures, footage, etc. of airplanes from that time period. It looked like such an enjoyable pleasure to fly back then. I liked "Catch Me If You Can." Take care. Have a great day. Cheers!

Keith said...

Hey Wolfmen. I know what you mean.

Allison said...

I've never heard of this film, but I will for sure be checking it out now! It sounds like an awesome plot!

And you should definitely check out Slumdog Millionaire, it was one of the best films I've seen in years! I think you'd really enjoy it! :)

Keith said...

Hey Allison. Thanks for the comments. That's good that you now wanna check this film out. I hope you like it. I think you will.

I definitely want to see Slumdog Millionaire. It looks amazing. I don't get to the movies much. I usually wait until things hit DVD. This is one I do wanna see.

Tonygirl said...

I love this movie! It was so great and Dino acted so well!

Keith said...

Thanks Mel. Glad you liked this movie and Dino's performance in it.