I watched George Seaton's Airplane ('70) yesterday, which was mostly driven by the appearance of Jean Seberg, but to my surprise, the film (which was the initial "disaster" film sub-genre offering in the 70's) is refreshingly focused and suspenseful - certainly one of the best of its kind and a mile more tolerable than The Towering Inferno ('74) if you ask me.
It was made during the split-screen craze ('66-'70) and thus suffers from that gimmick's incessant usage. Plus, like its brethren, it's a bit of a slog for the better part of an hour, but once it kicks in, it's a mostly respectable disaster film in the realm of The Poseidon Adventure ('72), certainly no The Swarm ('78).
And my expectations were exceeded even though the main attraction, Mrs. Seberg, is forced to wear a daunting Tippi Hedren wig. The rest of the lively and well-utilized cast includes Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jacqueline Bisset, Van Heflin, George Kennedy and Helen Hayes. The film: [B] Jean Seberg's wig: [D-]