Year of Release: 1970
MPAA Rating: G
Director: George Seaton
Distributor: Universal Pictures
This film was reviewed by Dr. Barry Hummel of QDREF on July 30, 2013.
Additional Comments: "Ten different actors, including many of the film's stars (Burt Lancaster, George Kennedy, Van Heflin, and Barry Nelson) accounted for 23 different smoking incidents. Ironically, the great Dean Martin, well-known for his smoking and drinking, did NOT smoke during the film! George Kennedy was the biggest offender; not only did he smoke a cigar in numerous scenes, he also asked for a box of cigars as a reward for clearing an airport runway in rapid fashion. And, of course, we have to address the issue of smoking on the airplane during the film. In 1970, when the film was made, smoking on commercial airplanes was legal. However, that is not currently normal, so the messaging that it is somehow normal to smoke on airplanes must be confusing to teenagers who watch this film... especially since the captain of the flight crew is seen smoking a pipe numerous times in the cockpit!"