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Concorde
Concorde
Affaire '79 (Italian: Affare Concorde), also known as The Concorde
Concorde
Affair, is an 1979 Italian action thriller directed by Ruggero Deodato
Ruggero Deodato
and written by Ernesto Gastaldi and Renzo Genta. Released in the same year as The Concorde ... Airport '79
The Concorde ... Airport '79
and featuring actor Joseph Cotten, who appeared in Airport '77, the film was an attempt by producers to take advantage of the success of the "Airport" film franchise of the 1970s. Plot[edit] L.P.A. Flight 820, a Concorde
Concorde
test flight, is sabotaged which forces the plane to crash land in the ocean off coast of Martinique
Martinique
in the French Antillies
French Antillies
of the Caribbean. The only survivor is a Jean Beneyton (Mimsy Farmer), a French hostess on the flight. Two fishermen find her, but then are soon killed off by a group of suited corporate agents who ride out in a speedboat, because they were witnesses to the crash. In New York City, an American investigative reporter, Moses Brody (James Franciscus), receives a phone call from his ex-wife Nicole (Mag Fleming), who runs a local restaurant in Martinique, who tells him about an "important story". But upon arrival in Martinique, Brody learns that Nicole has died from an apparent "heart attack". Brody is devastated. Later that evening, while wandering the streets of the town, Brody is attacked by a gang of thugs, but is rescued by a mysterious local man named George, who owns a fishing trawler and tells him that Nicole was a friend of his and she was killed because she knew that the crashed Concorde
Concorde
flight landed on a reef nearby and the two of them decide to investigate. Meanwhile, a shady businessman named Milland (Joseph Cotten) and his business partner Danker (Edmund Purdom) learn about the Concorde
Concorde
crash and after consulting with their associate, Martinez, plot to cover up any evidence involved with the crash. It becomes apparent that Milland and Danker are behind the events. Brody and George are in a boat when they see Jean Beneyton jump off of the henchmen's boat and attempts to swim away before she is recaptured. Later, they arrive at the crash site and after doning scuba gear they find the wreck of the Concorde
Concorde
submerged under 100 feet of water in the Caribbean. While Brody goes inside the wreck, George gets his arm stuck in a jagged part of machinery and Brody has to amputate George's left arm to free him. Moses discovers explosive charges on the downed plane which were planted earlier by Milland's henchmen to destroy any evidence of foul play. Upon surfacing, George gets hit in the goggles by a bullet as several henchmen in a speedboat appear and attack. Brody is forced to go back down under the water with two scuba men in chase. Brody outwits them by hiding in an underwater cave in which he goes back to the surface and pulls out the henchman who remained behind in the speedboard and steals it. Brody then goes to the United States Consul of Martinique, and wants to start an investigation. He then takes them to the site and finds nothing. They call off the search for the missing Concorde. Brody then says that he saw Jean on a yacht. The Consul then says that if he knew it was Brody, he would have gotten him off the case as Brody was reporting a scandal concerning a Congressman. Meanwhile, Milland and his men watch a video as the submerged Concorde explodes. They then find out that Jean is alive and being held for a $1 million ransom. At the same time, another L.P.A. Concorde
Concorde
plane lands in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Brazil
which prepares itself for a flight from Venezuela
Venezuela
to London. That evening, Brody sneaks on board the henchmen's boat, where he overhears them saying that they want to get rid of Jean and also overhears them talking about their superiors taking down a second Concorde
Concorde
flight. Brody rescues her and they escape from the boat. After reaching the shore, Brody tries talking to Jean about the crash, but she is so shaken by the traumatic experience that she can't remember very much. In the morning, they hitch a ride on a banana truck driven by a local farmer. But soon Milland's henchmen, led by Forsythe (Venantino Venantini) find Brody and Jean again and give chase, but they are cut off by a construction vehicle. On board the airborne second Concorde, L.P.A. Flight 128, a crew member turns on one of the inboard engines on the plane. Up in the cockpit, the pilot Captain Scott (Van Johnson) discovers something which same thing happened as with the first attack: loss of power. This is because a henchman puts vials of acid in the food of the flight which breaks upon being heated up and acid breaks through the microwave ovens and severs the electrical lines in the cabin. In Martinique, Brody calls the Consul and has Jean begin to tell her story about it, but they are cut off as the henchmen are back. As the Consul calls up his associates in London
London
with his ideas to what might be happening, the chase continues. The Concorde
Concorde
then loses radio contact with London
London
control, and the cabin lights begin to flicker. Captain Scott soon regains contact with London, who suggests they run a circuit control. The London
London
air traffic controller (Robert Kerman) also gets a call from Jean. The controller then reports they can't reach the Concorde. On board the plane, the navigator (Roberto Santi) then reports that pressure in the main cabin is dropping. On the ground, Jean contacts the American Consul at a bank, but Forsythe and his henchmen arrive again, and she and Brody have to run. This time, the police are there and enter a shootout with the men in which all of the henchmen are killed. Meanwhile, London
London
Air Traffic Control gets radio contact with the Concorde
Concorde
on a VHF frequence. Captain Scott on the Concorde
Concorde
then descends the aircraft to a lower altitude below 12,000 feet, but London
London
now can't get Concorde
Concorde
on the VHF frequency, either. Brody and Jean reach the American Consul and she begins describing what happened. The Concorde
Concorde
banks and the number one engine overheats. London
London
control reports that the crash began with overheating of the oven. The crew discovers the number one engine is now on fire, and they quickly extinguish it. The Concorde
Concorde
continues its descent, as one passenger becomes hysterical. The plane then levels out at 9,000 feet. London
London
control can now see them on radar, and proceed to clear a runway. Concorde
Concorde
then makes a beautiful landing. Brody is relieved. The next day, Milland contacts Brody by phone where he wants to offer him a shady contract after reading the headline " Concorde
Concorde
Passengers Saved by Journalist". Jean thinks that he'll get a big welcome in New York. Brody jokingly states that he doesn't have to go, and they laugh. He says he has to pay a visit "to a certain bigshot". Jean then gets on an Air France flight to return to Paris, but before she leaves he says he'll give her a call. Brody then calls his friend Alfie and says that he wants to "push a certain Humpty Dumpty off his wall". He says he wants to know the heads of the top corporations in New York City, heavily involved in aircraft sales to South American countries, specifically those most hurt by competition from Concorde. The credits begin over footage of a Concorde
Concorde
in flight. Cast[edit]

James Franciscus
James Franciscus
as Moses Brody Mimsy Farmer
Mimsy Farmer
as Jean Beneyton Van Johnson
Van Johnson
as Captain Scott Joseph Cotten
Joseph Cotten
as Milland Venantino Venantini
Venantino Venantini
as Forstyhe Fiamma Maglione as Nicole Brody (credited as "Mag Fleming") Edmund Purdom
Edmund Purdom
as Danker Francesco Carnelutti as co-pilot on the second plane Ottaviano Dell'Acqua as John Aldo Barberito as Priest Renzo Marignano
Renzo Marignano
as Martinez

External links[edit]

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(1980) The House on the Edge of the Park
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(1983) Cut and Run (1985) The Barbarians (1987) Body Count (1987) Phant

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