Concorde Affaire '79 / Affare Concorde (1979)

3.5 out of 5

In an effort to get in on the trend started by the Airport movies, which also had a supersonic entry the same year with The Concorde: Airport '79, Cannibal Holocaust auteur Ruggero Deodato fashions a story of corporate espionage bolstered by taut action sequences.

James Franciscus stars as reporter Moses Brody, a journalist on the trail of a hot story in the Lesser Antilles, and the actor strikes a charismatic mode as the writer ready for action. Especially thrilling are the underwater action sequences which rival anything this side of Zombie vs. Shark or James Bond in Thunderball. Italian genre film mainstay Mimsy Farmer co-stars as the only survivor of a doomed Concorde plight. Viewers should also look out for appearances by Hollywood stars Van Johnson and Josh Cotten. However the real delight is an uncredited Robert Kerman as an Air Traffic Controller who is integral to the climax of the film.

The score by incredibly prolific composer Stelvio Cipriani penned a fitting synth fueled score for the film, but it was reminiscent of the tunes found in Cannibal Apocalypse by Alexander Blonksteiner. Concorde Affair '79 makes the 28th collaboration between Deodato and cinematographer Federico Zanni, and the film clearly has a visual flow and style. However the undersea footage and the plane crash scenes both suffer from being too dark at times. The only portion of the film that feels awkward are the stock footage and middling miniatures used to illustrate the supersonic jet in flight.

Overall, an enjoyable watch for fans of Deodato, Airport knockoffs, or Italian action cinema in general.

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