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Airplane! (1980)

PG | | Comedy | 2 July 1980 (USA)
A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Murdock (as Kareem Abdul-Jabaar)
Stephen Stucker ...
Victor Basta
Craig Berenson ...
Paul Carey


Still craving for the love of his life, Ted Striker follows Elaine onto the flight that she is working on as a member of the cabin crew. Elaine doesn't want to be with Ted anymore, but when the crew and passengers fall ill from food poisoning, all eyes are on Ted. Written by FilmFanUk

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Release Date:

2 July 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kentucky Fried Airplane  »

Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)


$83,400,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Otto, the automatic pilot, ultimately disintegrated after spending several years in Jerry Zucker's garage. See more »


After Elaine lets go of Ted in the dance floor, he somersaults into the audience, quickly gets up and runs back to the dance floor. But while "Ted" (the stuntman) is somersaulting, the real Ted (Robert Hays) is visible in the background. See more »


Rumack: Elaine, you're a member of this crew. Can you face some unpleasant facts?
Elaine Dickinson: No.
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Worst Boy ... Adolf Hitler See more »


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1812 Overture
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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the greatest comedy of all time
30 March 2005 | by (Newark, DE) – See all my reviews

Airplane is simply the funniest movie of all time. It handles the broad range of parody, satire, and plain silliness expertly, and has some of the greatest one-liners and sight gags ever put in a movie. Sure some of the jokes are dated, but great comedies (especially parodies) exist in the moment, and you have to expect that. The fact is, enough jokes hit the bullseye that it really is one of those rare movies where you are laughing constantly. I am, at least. This movie launched Leslie Nielsen's career as a comedy actor, although he still hasn't made anything this good (Naked Gun comes closest, but it's still light years away from this). Do any movies come close to hitting the zenith that this one does? "Young Frankenstein" comes close, but even the best Mel Brooks film doesn't top this. There has simply never been a funnier movie than "Airplane!" and for that, it deserves to be considered one of the greatest MOVIES of all time (I know for many people that's a stretch, but I stand by it; I've been watching it my whole life and there's still nothing I flat-out enjoy watching more).

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