The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979) (part 2 of 6)

A small plane lands near the Concorde and Joe Patroni (George Kennedy) exits. Patroni is the only character to appear in all four Airport movies, and it’s quite amusing how much his job description changes each time. He walks off the plane as the score swells. Lalo Schifrin’s (remember him?) music is quite good, and much better than the film deserves. Joe observes the Concorde with a smug smirk, perhaps wondering what horror his presence will bring this time.

Meanwhile, in a much better movie, Paul is talking to Isabelle, the stewardess who got him coffee earlier. She’s lying on the carpet as he kisses her hand. She firmly replies, “I won’t, Paul.” She tells him how much it hurt her when he left. I wish they would make it clearer how much time has passed between these two, because the best I can gather is that it was a trip to the grocery store for some smokes that got out of hand. Then again, as neither are native English speakers, perhaps they think they’re really saying, “I love you more than all the stars in the sky.” Perhaps we’ll cut to them in later years and Isabelle will look tenderly into Paul’s eyes and say, “Don’t lie to me, I smell that whore’s perfume all over you.”

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Jessica Ritchey

Born in Western North Carolina, Juniper was discovered in a filthy shack in the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains, speaking a made up language to a tattered rag doll, her only companion. Her social skills have improved little in the intervening years. She is currently making flailing efforts at being a freelance writer. One of history's supreme procrastinators she plans on writing a book about it someday.

Multi-Part Article: The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)

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