I've never read the original Arthur Hailey novel, but I might now, because this movie held up very well for being nearly 50 years old. Even without the mad bomber story I was totally into all the comings and goings of the people and their personal problems (cheating husband, pregnant mistress, no money, traffic jam, protesters, low I.Q. and so on).
Excellent pace, awesome all-star cast lead by Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin (who I don't ever got enough credit for his acting abilities), funky 70's split screen overdose, impressive musical score, dated as hell technology, uneven special effects, mind-bending colour schemes...I enjoyed AIRPORT so much I actually watched it twice! I am a little dumbfounded as to how Helen Hayes actually won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. I thought she was the weakest point of the movie and her selfish, fuck everybody character was annoying. Oh well, it's still worth watching.
Part 2 - Airport 1975 (1974)
Part 3 - Airport '77 (1977)
Part 4 - Concorde...Airport '79 (1979)
Poor Burt Lancaster having to listen to George Kennedy make out on the phone.