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Airplane! (1980)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roger Murdock (as Kareem Abdul-Jabaar)
... Steve McCroskey
... Captain Clarence Oveur
... Elaine Dickinson
... Ted Striker
... Dr. Rumack
... Randy
... Captain Rex Kramer
Stephen Stucker ... Johnny Henshaw-Jacobs
... Otto
... Religious Zealot #6
... Victor Basta
... Gunderson
Craig Berenson ... Paul Carey
... Jive Lady
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Storyline

Still craving for the love of his life, Ted Striker follows Elaine onto the flight that she is working on as a member of the cabin crew. Elaine doesn't want to be with Ted anymore, but when the crew and passengers fall ill from food poisoning, all eyes are on Ted. Written by FilmFanUk

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Comedy

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2 July 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kentucky Fried Airplane  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$83,400,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,000,000, 31 December 1981
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For the famous scene of the 747 crashing through the large windows inside the terminal, producer Jon Davison mentions (in the DVD extras) that after the movie, he received numerous letters from various pilots telling him that they have come very close to re-enacting that very scene in real life, with some pilots admitting that they had come so close as to touch the glass with the noses of their airplanes. See more »

Goofs

During the fight between the two Girl Scouts at the Magumbo Bar, one girl scout is thrown across the bar and into the jukebox. When her head hits the jukebox window, the sound of shattering glass is heard, but it's clear that there is no glass in the window frame. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Hammen: Jim never vomits at home.
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Crazy Credits

Utility Infielder Felix Mantilla See more »

Connections

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Theme From Jaws
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An Undoubted Classic
15 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Still one of funniest spoof movies ever made, Airplane is one of the first and one of the best around.

Hot Shots, Loaded Weapon even Naked Gun have tried to follow in its footsteps, but they have failed to hit the mark. That's not to say that they are bad movies, just that its difficult to follow a movie of this calibre.

Spoof movies definitely have there place in everyone's collection, but this is probably the best you'll ever see in the genre, if you have never seen it and you fancy a laugh, I can't recommend a better film, even though it has dated; it's still hilarious 9/10


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