Concorde Affaire '79 (Italian: Affare Concorde), also known as The
Concorde Affair, is an 1979 Italian action thriller directed by
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.
L.P.A. Flight 820, a
Concorde test flight, is sabotaged which forces
the plane to crash land in the ocean off coast of
Martinique in the
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
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 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
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 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
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.
lands in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil which prepares itself for a flight
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 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 with his ideas to what might
be happening, the chase continues. The
Concorde then loses radio
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 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.
London Air Traffic Control gets radio contact with the
Concorde on a VHF frequence. Captain Scott on the
descends the aircraft to a lower altitude below 12,000 feet, but
London now can't get
Concorde on the VHF frequency, either. Brody and
Jean reach the American Consul and she begins describing what
Concorde banks and the number one engine overheats.
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 continues its descent, as one passenger
The plane then levels out at 9,000 feet.
London control can now see
them on radar, and proceed to clear a runway.
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 "
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 in flight.
James Franciscus as Moses Brody
Mimsy Farmer as Jean Beneyton
Van Johnson as Captain Scott
Joseph Cotten as Milland
Venantino Venantini as Forstyhe
Fiamma Maglione as Nicole Brody (credited as "Mag Fleming")
Edmund Purdom as Danker
Francesco Carnelutti as co-pilot on the second plane
Ottaviano Dell'Acqua as John
Aldo Barberito as Priest
Renzo Marignano as Martinez
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Last Feelings (1978)
Concorde Affaire '79 (1979)
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The Atlantis Interceptors
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Cut and Run (1985)
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