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Writers:
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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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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:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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:
The picture of the boy in the spinning newspaper that has the headline, "Boy Trapped In Refrigerator Eats Own Foot", is Billy Koch, the grandson of producer Howard W. Koch. His grandfather called him up one day and asked him for a photo of himself, so Billy grabbed his second grade school photo. It was only after the film came out that he found out why his grandfather wanted the photo.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Ted first boards the plane, Lisa's I.V. bag is hung up beside her stretcher. A few shots after that her mother is hanging the bag above her.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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Theme From JawsSee more »

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93 out of 113 people found the following review useful.
The original spoof classic!, 7 May 2003
Author: Michael DeZubiria (wppispam2013@gmail.com) from Luoyang, China

Unfortunately, Airplane! has been, for me, one of those comedies that I have seen so many times in the video store that its appeal has gradually worn down to almost nothing, resulting in a total absence of interest in renting it. I eventually watched it one day because I worked at the video store and could rent movies for free, and was continuing on my desperate attempt to watch every movie in the store (a goal which continues to this day, although by now I've come to realize that it's never going to happen). During my quest, by the way, I also saw the old 1970 film Airport, probably ten years after having seen parts of Airplane!, and realized that this is one of the many movies that inspired Airplane!

In general, I'm a little cautious about movies that have exclamation points in the titles, but Airplane! is without a doubt one of the funniest movies ever made. Consider, for example, those little montages that studios sometimes put together and put at the beginning of movies when they come out on videotape, honoring the great movies that the studio has made in the past. They show lots of memorable clips from their old movies (and I always write all of these titles down, determined to watch them all, and then promptly lose the list that I made) to remind you how great they are. I had a good time watching Airplane! and picking out how many scenes are in the movie that can and do go into those memorable montages.

Airplane! is made up of a series of hilarious scenes that string together a thin shoestring plot, which ironically speaks in the movie's defense. In general, movies with weak stories that are driven along by comedic stunts and pranks and whatnot tend to be pretty weak, but Airplane! is not driven by stunts to cover a weak story as much as the quality of the stunts and the slapstick comedy is so good that they overshadow everything else. It's interesting to watch someone like Robert Stack so many years ago and see that he looked and talked exactly like he did in Unsolved Mysteries so many years later, a show the seriousness of which boggles the mind, given that it's hosted by someone who did so well in a movie like this one.

My favorite thing about this movie is, obviously, the huge amount of sound bytes that comes from it, just the cleverness of the way it was written and put together. You have the main character's `drinking problem,' the airport announcers (`Listen, Betty, don't start up with your white zone sh*t again…'), the stress of the people investigating the situation on the plane (`Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking/drinking/amphetamines.'), the plays on words (`There's a problem at the control tower!' `What is it?' `It's the big tower where the air traffic controllers talk to the planes.'), that one airport employee who was suspiciously bubbly and excited throughout the entire movie (while providing some of its best comedy), and then of course were the situational gags, such as Robert Stack pulling off his sunglasses to reveal another pair underneath (arguably the most famous scene in the entire film).

This is a movie where a list like this could go on and on, and I'm sure if you go to the memorable quotes page on the IMDb you'll find a gigantic list of hilarious quotes from the movie there. It is no secret that this is something of a childish and immature comedy, but it is smartly written and has so many great scenes and bits of dialogue that it's one of those rare movies that makes you want to take notes so you won't forget a lot of the lines. It is one of the earlier versions of Leslie Nielsen's spoofs, a genre in itself which went on to tremendous success with lots of great (and some not so great) spoofs to follow.

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