Airport '77 (1977)
Care for some Velveeta? This star-studded Airport sequel ratchets up the cheese factor as a hijacked 747 full of art treasures crashes in the Bermuda triangle.
James Booth is one of the passengers--a suit-wearing businessman type (who is identified as "Ralph Crawford" in the credits but whose name is never actually used in the film). He looks good--trim, suave, elegant. He's usually in the background, with the other minor passengers, responding appropriately to events of the moment. When rescuers raise the sunken plane and begin evacuation, Crawford's right there at the forefront, helping to lift the kiddies out to the waiting arms of the Navy.
Possibly the most amusing thing about this film now is the "state-of-the-art" airplane, which is so advanced it contains a videodisc player! And some first-generation video games!
Also on board are Jimmy Stewart, Jack Lemmon, Joseph Cotton, and Olivia de Havilland. Jerry Jameson, of Dallas fame, directed.
Text copyright Diana Blackwell, 2004.
Review, Time Magazine