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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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Jim Abrahams (written for the screen by), David Zucker (written for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The craziest flight you'll ever take! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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:

$83,400,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,000,000, 31 December 1981
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The French title of the movie translates to "Is there a pilot on the plane?" (Y'a t-il un pilote dans l'avion?). The same form of title would be used later on for the Naked Gun movies: "Is there a cop to save the Queen?", "... the President", etc. See more »

Goofs

The seating arrangement in the film is incorrect for a Boeing 707 (the aircraft used for all the exterior shots). The coach section of the 707 has 3 seats on each side for each row, yet the seating arrangement shown has 3 seats on the right side and 2 seats on the left for each row, similar to the arrangement for either a Convair 990 or a Douglas DC-9. See more »

Quotes

Steve McCroskey: [to Mrs. Oveur] Now your husband and the others are alive, but unconscious.
Johnny: Just like Gerald Ford.
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Crazy Credits

Generally in charge of a lot of things ... Mike Finnell See more »

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In recent UK 'Sky Movies' broadcasts the punchline to the cocaine joke which had her snorting some white powder was cut. Also cut was the line 'Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue'. See more »

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1812 Overture
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the greatest comedy of all time
30 March 2005 | by the-jerkSee all my reviews

Airplane is simply the funniest movie of all time. It handles the broad range of parody, satire, and plain silliness expertly, and has some of the greatest one-liners and sight gags ever put in a movie. Sure some of the jokes are dated, but great comedies (especially parodies) exist in the moment, and you have to expect that. The fact is, enough jokes hit the bullseye that it really is one of those rare movies where you are laughing constantly. I am, at least. This movie launched Leslie Nielsen's career as a comedy actor, although he still hasn't made anything this good (Naked Gun comes closest, but it's still light years away from this). Do any movies come close to hitting the zenith that this one does? "Young Frankenstein" comes close, but even the best Mel Brooks film doesn't top this. There has simply never been a funnier movie than "Airplane!" and for that, it deserves to be considered one of the greatest MOVIES of all time (I know for many people that's a stretch, but I stand by it; I've been watching it my whole life and there's still nothing I flat-out enjoy watching more).


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