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The Last Flight of Noah's Ark -- A pilot, a prim missionary, two orphans, and a cargo of farm animals must make an emergency landing on an uncharted island and begin a perilous search for civilization.


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Ernest K. Gann (story)
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Release Date:
25 June 1980 (USA) See more »
Lost. 2,000 miles at sea in a 40 year old bomber. See more »
When a plane carrying various animals makes a forced landing on a desert island, the only chance to escape is to convert the plane into a boat. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Charles Jarrott obituary
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Charles Jarrott obituary
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Directed by
Charles Jarrott 
Writing credits
Ernest K. Gann (story)

Steven W. Carabatsos (screenplay) and
Sandy Glass (screenplay) &
George Arthur Bloom (screenplay)

Produced by
Ron Miller .... producer
Jan Williams .... co-producer
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
Cinematography by
Charles F. Wheeler (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gordon D. Brenner 
Production Design by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
Art Direction by
John B. Mansbridge 
Set Decoration by
Norman Rockett 
Makeup Department
Eddie M. Barron .... hair stylist
Robin LaVigne .... makeup artist (as Robin Dee LaVigne)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
John D. Bloss .... production manager (as John Bloss)
Bill Venegas .... unit production manager (as William B. Venegas)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Disney Miller .... second assistant director (as Christopher D. Miller)
James W. Gavin .... second unit director
Richard Learman .... assistant director
Louis S. Muscate .... second assistant director
Art Department
Gary Zink .... propmaker (uncredited)
Gary Zink .... welder/fabricator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ben Hendricks .... sound editor (as Ben F. Hendricks)
Bud Maffett .... sound mixer (as Henry A. Maffett)
Herb Taylor .... sound supervisor
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Art Cruickshank .... special effects
Danny Lee .... special effects
Eustace Lycett .... special effects
Richard L. Hill .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Hans Metz .... special effects (uncredited)
Ken Speed .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
John F. Bylander .... stunts
Calvin Fukushima .... stunts
Orwin C. Harvey .... stunts (as Orwin Harvey)
Clay Hodges .... stunts
Joe C. Hughes .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunts
George Robotham .... stunts
Arthur E. Stagg .... stunts
Gordon Tadao Hirano .... stunts
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (as Glenn Wilder)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Delgado .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Dye .... costumer: women
Jack Sandeen .... costume supervisor
Glenn Wright .... costumer: men (as Glenn T. Wright)
Music Department
Richard Bowden .... orchestrator
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Richard Bowden .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Gilbert C. Pacheco .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Jay K. Fishburn .... animal handler (as Jay Fishburn)
Jim Prine .... animal handler
Don Spinney .... animal handler
Crew believed to be complete

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97 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)
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This 1980 cinema movie alongside the same year's Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) were the final theatrical feature films as a full producer for Ron Miller, the son-in-law of Walt Disney, who afterwards became solely an executive producer.See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A Feel-Good Movie that Really Works!, 24 January 2005
Author: Well18 from quebec, california

this is the best feel-good movie of all time. nothing too bad happens but it's not boring. nothing too surprising happens but it's not predictable. nothing too funny happens but it's not stupid. it's corny but perfectly so. Elliott Gould is good. he is a better actor when it comes to serious/comedies, like Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye" and/or "California Split", but he's having fun here and so does the audience. the woman in the movie is cute. she is a missionary and Gould flies her to an island but they go the wrong way and end up on the wrong island, this one seemingly deserted. tagging along, as it were, are two kids played by Ricky Shroder (now Rick) and Tammy Lauren, who would grow up to be very gorgeous. also there is a bull and a duck, as the kids pets, and two Japanese men on the island who've been there for 35 years and don't know that the war is over. they are gungho with the rising flag, but then they turn good when the missionary lady goes and meets them. and then they put the rising star flag on the plane that crashed that they all transform into a boat. here i had my only problem. the Japanese, during the war, sided with the Nazis. wouldn't Elliott Gould or the missionary lady have a problem with having that flag as the main mast on the ship? and wouldn't the two men, upon learning that America nuked three of their cities to win the war, get sort of angry? but oh well, it doesn't matter. there is a shark in the movie too and it's very scary, even though it's only stock footage, and the ending is almost sad but then gets happy and you will smile during the end credits. oh and another funny thing is that the credits in the beginning happen twenty minutes into the movie after a couple of thugs, who are after Gould for owing them money, are chasing the airplane that is taking off. and the two thugs are played by Dana Elcar of "Baretta" fame, and John Ryan ("Runaway Train"), usually a heavy in movies. here he's bumbling. Vincent Gardenia makes an important cameo. he played the chief inspector in "Death Wish" who was always sneezing.

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