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Airplane! (1980)

PG | | Comedy | 2 July 1980 (USA)
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A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.

Writers:

Jim Abrahams (written for the screen by), David Zucker (written for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Stephen Stucker ... Johnny Henshaw-Jacobs
Otto ... Otto
Jim Abrahams ... Religious Zealot #6
Frank Ashmore ... Victor Basta
Jonathan Banks ... Gunderson
Craig Berenson Craig Berenson ... Paul Carey
Barbara Billingsley ... Jive Lady
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Storyline

Drowning his sorrows after that botched mission during WWII, the traumatised former fighter pilot with a fear of flying, Ted Striker, still hasn't got over his old flame and flight attendant, Elaine Dickinson. Determined to win her back, Ted boards a domestic flight from Los Angeles to Chicago, only to come face-to-face with a severe case of in-flight food poisoning that is threatening everyone's lives. Now, with most of the passengers and the entire cockpit crew down with the food-borne illness, Striker has no other choice but to confront his inner demons and take over the control of the ungovernable aircraft with the help of a gruff air-traffic controller and his former commander. Can Ted land the plane and save them all? Written by Nick Riganas

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Comedy

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Did You Know?

Trivia

This is "Garfield" creator Jim Davis' favorite movie. See more »

Goofs

The external shots of the aircraft used are of a Boeing 707. The interior flight deck is of a Convair 880 or 990. See more »

Quotes

Johnny: The tower, the tower! Rapunzel, Rapunzel!
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Crazy Credits

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's name is misspelled in the credits as "Kareem Abdul-Jabaar". See more »

Alternate Versions

Some video versions feature different songs on the soundtrack compared to the original release, probably due to licensing problems. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Family Guy: Jerome Is the New Black (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Everything's Coming Up Roses
Written by Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne
Performed by Ethel Merman
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User Reviews

 
Dad joke heaven
21 May 2020 | by MGPT80See all my reviews

Quite simply one of the best laugh-out-loud movies ever made. The unapologetic Dad jokes and dry satire are eternally enjoyable and the movie has not lost any of it's bite over the years. Eminently quotable and amongst the best in its class.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kentucky Fried Airplane See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$83,453,539

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$83,453,539
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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