When the plane disaster movie was the King of the Box office

June 30, 2020 2:33 pm


In the late 1960’s and throughout the 1970’s there was a sudden vogue for disaster movies. The Cold war was dragging on but despite a near miss with Cuba it seemed that War was not on the cards as the Superpowers looked to fight  in the Sports arena or in other countries like Vietnam. To scare the paying public, directors and producers decided to make big budget disaster films. Watching people in mortal peril seems to sell.

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The whole trend begins with the Airport (insert date here) films. It is quite a surprise that anyone bothered to risk flying after seeing them. Some disaster would befall the plane such as it being struck by lighting so the electronics don’t work, terrorists trying to get it to fly to Cuba or Moscow, the pilot and captain getting sick so that the poor stewardess has to land the plane, whilst being screamed at by the air traffic controllers telling her what to press, the undercarriage not coming down, the engines failing or dropping off and finally all the fuel running out. The whole thing was brilliantly lampooned by Airplane, literally one of the funniest films ever made.