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Writers:
Jim Abrahams (written for the screen by) &
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Release Date:
2 July 1980 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
You've read the ad, now see the movie! See more »
Plot:
An airplane crew takes ill. Surely the only person capable of landing the plane is an ex-pilot afraid to fly. But don't call him Shirley. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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(52 articles)
User Reviews:
A hilarious gem! See more (404 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ... Murdock (as Kareem Abdul-Jabaar)

Lloyd Bridges ... McCroskey

Peter Graves ... Captain Oveur

Julie Hagerty ... Elaine

Robert Hays ... Ted Striker

Leslie Nielsen ... Dr. Rumack

Lorna Patterson ... Randy

Robert Stack ... Kramer
Stephen Stucker ... Johnny
Otto ... Himself

Jim Abrahams ... Religious Zealot #6

Frank Ashmore ... Victor Basta

Jonathan Banks ... Gunderson
Craig Berenson ... Paul Carey

Barbara Billingsley ... Jive Lady

Lee Bryant ... Mrs. Hammen

Joyce Bulifant ... Mrs. Davis
Mae E. Campbell ... Security Lady
Ted Chapman ... Airport Steward
Jesse Emmett ... Man from India
Norman Alexander Gibbs ... First Jive Dude
Amy Gibson ... Soldier's Girl

Marcy Goldman ... Mrs. Geline
Bob Gorman ... Striped Controller (as Bobby Gorman)

Rossie Harris ... Joey
Maurice Hill ... Reporter #3
David Hollander ... Young Boy with Coffee

James Hong ... Japanese General
Howard Honig ... Jack

Gregory Itzin ... Religious Zealot #1
Howard Jarvis ... Man in Taxi

Michael Laurence ... Newscaster

David Leisure ... First Krishna
Zachary Lewis ... Religious Zealot #3
Barbara Mallory ... Religious Zealot #2

Maureen McGovern ... Nun
Nora Meerbaum ... Cocaine Lady
Mary Mercier ... Shirley

Ethel Merman ... Lieutenant Hurwitz
Len Mooy ... Reporter #1
Ann Nelson ... Handing Lady (as Ann M. Nelson)
Laura Nix ... Mrs. Hurwitz

John O'Leary ... Reporter #2

Cyril O'Reilly ... Soldier
Bill Porter ... Hospital Contortionist

Nicholas Pryor ... Mr. Hammen

Conrad E. Palmisano ... Religious Zealot #4 (as Conrad Palmisano)
Mallory Sandler ... L.A. Ticket Agent

Michelle Stacy ... Young Girl with Coffee

Robert Starr ... Religious Zealot #5
Barbara Stuart ... Mrs. Kramer
Lee Terri ... Mrs. Oveur

Kenneth Tobey ... Air Controller Neubauer
William Tregoe ... Jack Kirkpatrick
Hatsuo Uda ... Japanese Newscaster

Herb Voland ... Air Controller Macias

Jimmie Walker ... Windshield Wiper Man

Jill Whelan ... Lisa Davis

Al White ... Second Jive Dude
John David Wilder ... Second Krishna (as John-David Wilder)
Windy ... Horse
Jason Wingreen ... Dr. Brody
Louise Yaffe ... Mrs. Jaffe
Charlotte Zucker ... Make-up Lady

David Zucker ... Ground Crewman #2

Jerry Zucker ... Ground Crewman #1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Larry Blake ... Upside-Down Man (uncredited)
Susan Breslau ... Ticket Agent (uncredited)
William Duell ... Reporter #1 (uncredited)

Sandra Lee Gimpel ... Girl Scout in Bar (uncredited)

Leslie Hoffman ... Passenger in Terminal (uncredited)
Bill Kirchenbauer ... Capt. Geline (uncredited)
Joyce Mandel ... Woman on Flight (uncredited)
Paula Marie Moody ... Girl Scout in Bar (uncredited)

Kitten Natividad ... Bouncy Topless Woman on Plane (uncredited)
Robert Nevin ... Other Doctor (uncredited)

Patrick Reynolds ... Third Krishna (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Reporter #2 (uncredited)

Directed by
Jim Abrahams 
David Zucker 
Jerry Zucker 
 
Writing credits
Jim Abrahams (written for the screen by) &
David Zucker (written for the screen by) &
Jerry Zucker (written for the screen by)

Hall Bartlett  screenplay "Zero Hour" (uncredited)
John C. Champion  screenplay "Zero Hour" (uncredited)
Arthur Hailey  screenplay "Zero Hour" (uncredited)
Arthur Hailey  teleplay "Flight Into Danger" (uncredited)

Produced by
Jim Abrahams .... executive producer
Jon Davison .... producer
Howard W. Koch .... producer
Hunt Lowry .... associate producer
David Zucker .... executive producer
Jerry Zucker .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography) (as Joseph Biroc)
 
Film Editing by
Patrick Kennedy 
 
Casting by
Joel Thurm 
 
Production Design by
Ward Preston 
 
Set Decoration by
Anne D. McCulley 
 
Costume Design by
Rosanna Norton 
 
Makeup Department
Edwin Butterworth .... makeup artist
Joan Phillips .... hair stylist
Rob Bottin .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Maurice Vaccarino .... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Attias .... dga trainee (as Dan Attias)
Kenneth D. Collins .... second assistant director (as Ken Collins)
Arne Schmidt .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jeff Clark .... sign writer
Tom Crowl .... assistant property master
Wally Graham .... construction coordinator
Mike Higelmire .... lead person
Joseph E. Hubbard .... set designer (as Joe Hubbard)
Steven M. Levine .... property master (as Steven Levine)
 
Sound Department
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer (as David Campbell)
Jeff Clark .... assistant sound editor
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer
David J. Hudson .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dave Hudson)
Dennis Jones .... boom operator
Tom Overton .... sound recording mixer
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer
James Troutman .... sound editor (as Jim Troutman)
Terry Chambers .... sound editor (uncredited)
Jeremy Hoenack .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Jayme S. Parker .... sound editor (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
David A. Whittaker .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John Frazier .... special effects
Chris Walas .... special projects
 
Visual Effects by
Max W. Anderson .... visual effects
Robert Blalack .... visual effects: MPI
Chris Casady .... visual effects: VCE
Donald Hansard Sr. .... process supervisor (as Donald Hansard)
Bill Hedge .... visual effects: Magic Lantern
Richard O. Helmer .... miniature special effects
Peter Kuran .... visual effects: VCE
Bruce Logan .... director of photography: special effects
Jamie Shourt .... visual effects: MPI (as James Shourt)
Paul Gentry .... director of photography: miniatures (uncredited)
David Merritt .... model maker: MPI (uncredited)
Christopher S. Ross .... special effects miniatures (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunt performer
Sandra Lee Gimpel .... stunt performer
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator (as Conrad Palmisano)
C.D. Smith .... stunts
Leigh Walsh .... stunt double
Janet Brady .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Roger Creed .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Paula Dell .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Gene LeBell .... stunts (uncredited)
Paula Marie Moody .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt double: Lloyd Bridges (uncredited)
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt double: Robert Hays (uncredited)
Esther Palmisano .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Nick Palmisano .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Mary Peters .... stunts (uncredited)
Diane Peterson .... stunts (uncredited)
Dar Robinson .... stunts (uncredited)
Russell Saunders .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Rick Seaman .... stunts (uncredited)
Greg Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jamie Anderson .... assistant camera
Brink Brydon .... gaffer: effects unit
Jerry Deats .... grip: effects unit
Bill Decker .... grip
Larry Gilhooly .... gaffer
M. Todd Henry .... assistant camera (as Todd Henry)
Norman Lang .... electrician
Danny Marzolo .... electrical department
John Monte .... still photographer
Nick Papanickolas .... grip
Pete G. Papanickolas .... griplogy (as Pete Papanickolas)
Frederic J. Smith .... camera operator (as Frederick J. Smith)
Gary R. Wostak .... electrical department (as Gary Wostack)
Edmond Wright .... grip
 
Casting Department
Susan Arnold .... additional casting
Wallis Nicita .... additional casting (as Wally Nicita)
Gretchen Rennell .... additional casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Aggie Lyon .... costume supervisor
Victoria Snow .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Scott K. Wallace .... assistant editor (as Scott Wallace)
Norman Alexander Gibbs .... dialogue: Jive (uncredited)
Al White .... dialogue: Jive (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Allison Caine .... vocal effects advisor
Jeff Carson .... music editor
Kathy Durning .... music editor
Carl Fortina .... music coordinator
David Spear .... orchestrator
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Glenda Baker .... transportation
Tom Baker .... transportation
Frank Khoury .... driver
 
Other crew
Adam Culunga .... craft service
Michael Finnell .... generally in charge of a lot of things (as Mike Finnell)
Nancy Hansen .... script supervisor
Steve Kramer .... airport arrangements
Tom Mahoney .... choreographer
Dave Miller .... first aid
J.L. Mitchell .... wrangler
Betty Moos .... supervisor of production administration
Dan Perri .... title designer
Huey Redwine .... stand-in
Art Sarno .... unit publicist
Dick Webb .... wrangler
Larry Wilson .... magic consultant
Raechel Donahue .... voice artist (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Laurie Abdo .... grateful acknowledgment
Jason Black .... grateful acknowledgment
Susan Breslau .... grateful acknowledgment
Nancy Cocuzzo .... grateful acknowledgment
Danice Hertz .... grateful acknowledgment
Erika Hiller .... grateful acknowledgment
Peter Ivers .... grateful acknowledgment
Kim Jorgensen .... special thanks
Dick Lowry .... grateful acknowledgment
Sheri Maruno .... grateful acknowledgment
Dennis Park .... grateful acknowledgment
Pat Proft .... special thanks
Karen Rasch .... grateful acknowledgment
Richard Raynis .... grateful acknowledgment
Robert Reilly .... grateful acknowledgment
Christopher S. Ross .... grateful acknowledgment (as Chris Ross)
Terry Shagin .... grateful acknowledgment
Sheila Sullivan .... grateful acknowledgment
Paul Turner .... grateful acknowledgment
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Flying High!" - New Zealand (English title), Philippines (English title)
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Runtime:
88 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:AA (Alberta/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:L | Ireland:12 | Netherlands:AL | Norway:12 (original rating) | Norway:11 (video rating) | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | UK:PG (2001 re-rating) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12A (theatrical re-release) (2013) | USA:PG (Certificate #25740) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
A disco station in the film is called WZAZ, a reference to filmmakers David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker. The same initials appear on one of the microphones in the scene with the reporters in the control tower.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Striker comes back into the cockpit after talking to the doc, he moves "Otto" out of the way, revealing a hand behind the pilot's seat.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Male announcer:The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in a red zone.
Female announcer:The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in a red zone.
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47 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
A hilarious gem!, 13 March 2003
Author: mattymatt4ever from Jersey City, NJ

This is voted as one of the funniest comedies of all time, and it deserves that honor! The film is filled with hilarious gags! Sure, in every one of these campy farces, there's usually a few gags that are way too silly. In this case, it was the "drinking problem" gag and that annoying gay man who works on Lloyd Bridges' staff. But when I can actually count on my hand how many gags didn't work, that's a good sign. The majority of the film sent me into a frenzy of laughter! One of my favorites is when the blow-up auto-pilot runs out of air and Julie Hagerty blows it back up again. You'll have to see the movie to find out why it was so hilarious! I also got a great kick out of the running gag in which every passenger who listens to Robert Hays ends up killing themselves. This is definitely the Zuckers and Abrahams in top form! Unfortunately, I haven't seen a great spoof in years. The "Scary Movie" films were pretty good, but incredibly lewd and crude. And obviously the Zuckers and Abrahams have much better eyes for satire than the Wayans brothers. I caught "Scary Movie" on cable and watched it a second time, and I didn't laugh nearly as many times as I did the first time. I can watch "Airplane" 200 times and still laugh like there's no tomorrow! The film was made back when comedies didn't go strictly for sex and toilet gags to make an audience laugh. This was back when writers used to employ this quality called "wit." "Kentucky Fried Movie" had some racy gags, but even those were witty for the most part. There is a certain rhythm in every gag that helps make the film work. For example, Lloyd Bridges starts out by saying "I think I picked the wrong day to quit smoking." Then he says he picked the wrong day to quit drinking. And when he finally says "I picked the wrong day to quit amphetamines," I was laughing my head off! So basically, you watch a film like this and feel the urge to mail a copy of the video to the Wayans Brothers and whatever crackheads wrote "Not Another Teen Movie," along with a note saying "THIS is how to make a spoof!"

There are so many other gags worth mentioning, including the "Saturday Night Fever" sendup, which is definitely one of the best comic moments caught on film! That scene also contains my favorite line: "I told the guy next to me to pinch me to make sure I wasn't dreaming." After that voice-over, we see the guy next to Robert Hays repulsed and walking away from him. Another great example of perfect comic timing and delivery!

If you want to get some authentic belly laughs--I'm not talking chuckles, but actual LAUGHS!--you must check out "Airplane." Trust me, movies don't get much more original or funny than this!

My score: 9 (out of 10)

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