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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:
A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley." See more (431 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Lloyd Bridges ... Steve McCroskey

Peter Graves ... Captain Clarence Oveur

Julie Hagerty ... Elaine Dickinson

Robert Hays ... Ted Striker

Leslie Nielsen ... Dr. Rumack

Lorna Patterson ... Randy

Robert Stack ... Captain Rex Kramer
Stephen Stucker ... Johnny Henshaw-Jacobs

Otto ... Otto

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 ... Captain 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)

Leoda Richards ... Passenger (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)
Bob Stein .... 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)
David Jonas .... production illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David E. Campbell .... re-recording mixer (as David Campbell)
Jeff Clark .... assistant sound editor
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer
David J. Hudson .... re-recording mixer (as Dave Hudson)
Dennis Jones .... boom operator
Tom Overton .... sound recording mixer
John T. Reitz .... re-recording mixer
James Troutman .... sound editor (as Jim Troutman)
Alan Bernard .... sound (uncredited)
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)
Ronald L. Stirling .... boom operator (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
Leslie Hoffman .... 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
Greg Langham .... lamp operator (uncredited)
 
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
Bryan McMahan .... colorist: mastering
Scott K. Wallace .... assistant editor (as Scott Wallace)
Norman Alexander Gibbs .... dialogue: Jive (uncredited)
Al White .... dialogue: Jive (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Rick Baptist .... musician: trumpet
Elmer Bernstein .... conductor
Elmer Bernstein .... orchestrator
Peter Bernstein .... orchestrator
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Allison Caine .... vocal effects advisor
Jeff Carson .... music editor
Norman Corey .... music preparation
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator
Vince De Rosa .... musician: French horn
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
George Doering .... musician
George Doering .... musician: guitar
Kathy Durning .... music editor
Leonard A. Engel .... music editor (as Len Engel)
Carl Fortina .... music coordinator
Earle Hagen .... orchestrator
Jo Ann Kane .... music librarian
Alan Kaplan .... musician: trombone
Richard Lapham .... supervising music editor
Billy May .... orchestrator
Malcolm McNab .... musician: trumpet
Cynthia Millar .... musician: ondes martinot solo
Brian O'Connor .... musician: French horn
George Roberts .... musician: trombone
Shorty Rogers .... orchestrator
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
Jim Self .... musician: tuba
David Spear .... orchestrator
Sylvester G. Strudwick .... musician: viola (as Sly Strudwick)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Booker White .... music preparation
Joe Zimmerman .... music preparation
Elmer Bernstein .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Frank Comstock .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Allyn Ferguson .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Jimmie Haskell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tommy Johnson .... musician: tuba (uncredited)
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Richard Perissi .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Fred Steiner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Eugene Worsely Jr. .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Glenda Baker .... transportation
Tom Baker .... transportation
Frank Khoury .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Adam Culunga .... craft service
Michael Finnell .... generally in charge of a lot of things (as Mike Finnell)
Nancy Hansen .... script supervisor
Adolf Hitler .... worst boy (credit only)
Steve Kramer .... airport arrangements
Tom Mahoney .... choreographer
Sam Mattingly .... unit publicist
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
Laurie Abdo .... secretary: Howard W. Koch (uncredited)
Raechel Donahue .... voice artist (uncredited)
Sheri Maruno .... secretary: Howard W. Koch (uncredited)
Dennis Park .... auditor (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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Also Known As:
"Flying High!" - New Zealand (English title), Philippines (English title), South Africa (English title) (imdb display title), UK (alternative title)
"Flying High!" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
88 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (2002) | Canada:AA (Alberta/Ontario) | Canada:PG (British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:14 (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 Polish title of the movie is 'Is the pilot flying with us?' ('Czy leci z nami pilot?').See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After the plane lands and passengers are sliding down the escape chute, one passenger runs back up to the plane and starts to climb a ladder.See more »
Quotes:
[looking at the controls of the airplane as he begins to try to fly it]
Ted Striker:Let's see... altitude: 21,000 feet. Speed: 520 knots. Level flight. Course: zero-niner-zero. Trim and mixture: wash, soak, rinse, spin.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Area 51 (2005) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Theme From JawsSee more »

FAQ

What is the movie based on?
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44 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley.", 13 February 2005
Author: Ryan from King of Prussia, PA

In a tense moment where Ted Striker (Robert Hays) needs to land an airplane where the pilots (Peter Graves and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) have fallen sick, and several passengers need to get off the airplane for various reasons, all Striker can think to himself (with an echo in his mind, of course) is "I've got to concentrate... concentrate... concentrate... I've got to concentrate... concentrate... concentrate... Hello?... hello... hello... Echo... echo... echo... Pinch hitting for Pedro Borbon... Manny Mota... Mota... Mota..." That pretty much sums up the seriousness of Airplane!, the lampoon of the 1970s Airport movies, and pretty much every other disaster movie pumped out by Hollywood. The same guys who pieced together the Naked Gun movies write and direct this silly movie. Most of the jokes need to be seen to be properly experienced, the first rate actors are what brings the laughs. Robert Stack plays it straight, over-the-top straight, as a problem solver for the airline who happens to wear 2 pairs of sunglasses at all times. Stack's comedic timing and deadpan delivery bring out some of the biggest laughs of the film. Lloyd Bridges is the over-worked, over-stressed traffic controller who has picked the wrong week to stop drinking, smoking, and sniffing glue. And Leslie Neilson plays a doctor who has an acute sense for the obvious, surely one who could save the passengers and airline crew if they land safely, just don't call him Shirley. A few cheap laughs, a few misses, but over all, a pretty funny movie. If you like The Naked Gun, you'll like Airplane!

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