"A disaster film is a film genre that has an impending or ongoing disaster (such as a damaged airliner, fire, shipwreck, disease, an asteroid collision or natural calamities) as its subject. Along with showing the spectacular disaster, these films concentrate on the chaotic events surrounding the disaster, including efforts for survival, the effects upon individuals and families, and 'what-if' scenarios.
These films typically feature large casts of well-known actors and multiple plotlines, focusing on the characters' attempts to avert, escape or cope with the disaster and its aftermath. The genre had its greatest box office success during the 1970s with the release of Airport (1970), followed in quick succession by The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Earthquake (1974) and The Towering Inferno (1974)" (Wikipedia)
I like this genre and will watch few of these in the near future. Do you guys like watching disaster movies and what are you favorite disaster films?
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"The residents of an isolated midwest mountain town must band together to survive during a devastating heat wave." (IMDb)
Just watched this made-for-tv film directed by "the disaster movie guru" Jerry Jameson. Starring Ben Murphy, Bonnie Bedelia (Die Hard), Lew Ayres, David Huddleston, Lionel Johnston, Janit Baldwin and Dana Elcar.
This was a decent tv-movie, just a bit too melodramatic at times. It is a very short movie, just about 67 minutes.
I remember reading that there´s a bad heat wave again in America this year which has caused massive crop failures throughout the Midwest among other problems.
And of course who can't forget the utter ridiculousness that is Irwin Allen's The Swarm, despite the fact they're sensitive enough to add a disclaimer to the credits exonerating native American bees from any blame that African killer bees might wrack ("Houston burning. You have to wonder, don't you; will history blame me, or the bees?")
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"Airport (1970) focuses on an airport manager trying to keep his airport open during a snow storm, while a suicidal bomber plots to blow up a Boeing 707 airliner in flight. The story takes place at fictional Lincoln International Airport located near Chicago." (Wikipedia)
Watched this entertaining film directed by George Seaton yesterday. They say that Airport originated the 1970s disaster film genre, establishing the convention of "microcosmic melodrama combined with catastrophe-oriented adventure"
I liked the cast very much, lots of familiar faces and Jean Seberg and Jacqueline Bisset were so pretty.
The film cost 10 million and earned nearly $100,500,000. That´s equivalent to $558 million and makes Airport the 42nd highest-grossing film of all time. (2010)
Most of the filming was at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport There´s drama and excitement plus you really care about the characters.
"A 747 in flight collides with a small plane, and is rendered pilotless. Somehow the control tower must get a pilot aboard so the jet can land." (IMDb)
This was a good sequel directed by Jack Smight. Of course there´s few unintentionally hilarious moments but i can´t help but like this kind of stuff.
Karen Black was great and it was also nice to see Linda Blair and Erik Estrada in supporting roles. The other stars are Charlton Heston, George Kennedy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr, Susan Clark, Helen Reddy, Myrna Loy, Gloria Swanson, Sid Caesar, Jerry Stiller and Roy Thinnes. Kennedy´s Joe Patroni is the only continuing character from the first Airport film.
I really liked the cinematography, lots of excellent scenes where we can see the plane flying above the Rocky Mountains!
"Derided by critics upon its release, Airport 1975 was nonetheless a massive commercial success. With a budget of $3 million, the film made over $47 million" (Wiki)
Many Airport 1975 characters were spoofed in Airplane so i definitely have to check out the two Airplane films after Airport '77 (sadly i don´t own The Concorde... Airport '79 yet)