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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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Victor Basta
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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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2 July 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kentucky Fried Airplane  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

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$83,400,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Boeing 707 used in the movie was a re-painted TWA airliner. See more »

Goofs

When Ted sits in the pilot's seat and checks the flight controls, he reads the air speed as 520 knots. However, at that moment, a closeup of the air speed indicator shows the needle fluctuating between 500 and roughly 498 knots. See more »

Quotes

Ted Striker: It's Lieutenant Hurwitz. Severe shell-shock. Thinks he's Ethel Merman.
Lieutenant Hurwitz: [singing] You'll be swell, you'll be great. Gonna have the whole world on a plate. Startin' here, startin' now. Honey, everything's comin' up roses...
Ted Striker: War is hell.
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Connections

Featured in Precious Images (1986) See more »

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Respect
Written by Otis Redding (uncredited)
Performed by Otis Redding
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One of the best all-time, roll with laughter movies!
31 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you really need a good laugh out loud movie, to make you feel good, this is one of them! The 1st time we saw this movie, on cable, not long after it came out, we were rolling with laughter! This movie was one of the all-time best, with Lloyd Bridges, and that crazy air traffic controllers' scenes were the funniest. With every line of the movie having a comeback, and another meaning--this movie ranks up there with the pool scene in Caddyshack as one of the best--you're rolling with laughter! With Lloyd Bridges slowly going insane throughout the movie, with an all-star cast including Robert Hayes,very funny, they even had Ethel Merman doing a cameo, (not long before her death), it was hilarious. Even the sequel came out to be as good as the original.


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