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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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spoof | airplane | cockpit | plane | pilot | See All (298) »

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

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Trivia

In Spain the title was "Land As You Can!" ("¡Aterriza Como Puedas!"). The "as you can" joke became so popular that several comedies with the ZAZ kind of humor have the same title. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) is "Catch Him as You Can!" (¡Agárralo como puedas!), 2001: A Space Travesty (2000) is "2001: Take flight as you can" (2001: Despega como puedas). 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

Ted Striker: My orders came through. My squadron ships out tomorrow. We're bombing the storage depots at Daiquiri at 1800 hours. We're coming in from the north, below their radar.
Elaine Dickinson: When will you be back?
Ted Striker: I can't tell you that. It's classified.
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Crazy Credits

Author of A Tale of Two Cities ... Charles Dickens See more »

Alternate Versions

In the TV version, when the plane crashes into the gate area, the lady runs with her baby. In the theatrical release, she throws it in the air and starts running. See more »


Soundtracks

River of Jordan
Written by Peter Yarrow
Performed by Lorna Patterson
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An Undoubted Classic
15 January 2005 | by mjw2305See 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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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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