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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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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Trivia

The movie's title in Brazil is "Tighten your seat belts... The pilot is gone!" (Portuguese: Apertem os cintos... O Piloto Sumiu!) See more »

Goofs

When Ted sits in the pilot's seat and checks the flight controls, he reads the air speed as 520 knots. However, at that moment, a closeup of the air speed indicator shows the needle fluctuating between 500 and roughly 498 knots. See more »

Quotes

Captain Oveur: Joey, have you ever been in a... in a Turkish prison?
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Crazy Credits

The obligatory copyright notice at the end of the film which warns against piracy or unauthorized duplication ends with the comment "So there." See more »

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In a TV version, there is a scene showing Kramer and McCroskey having an argument at a water dispenser. See more »

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Spoofs Since You Went Away (1944) See more »

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Written by Otis Redding
Performed by Maureen McGovern (uncredited)
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The funniest movie ever? Yes
6 October 2005 | by gateaholicSee all my reviews

Very rarely does a film come out that is as truly brilliant as Airplane. It has everything that a comedy should have. The cast is fantastic, the jokes hilarious and almost constant.

One of the best things about Airplane that I have found is that the jokes are not all obvious, and because of this it has far more re-watchability than most comedies, as every time you watch it you pick up on more of the subtler jokes and background sight gags.

It is a film that manages to cater for almost all tastes in humour, from dry wit to slapstick via spoofery and dark humour. If you haven't seen this film you MUST watch it. This is one of those few films that everybody can enjoy. It's fairly rare to find a comedy the whole family can enjoy, most are either unsuitable for children or too childish for adults, but Airplane manages to find that balance where all ages can enjoy it.

In conclusion, if you have yet to see this film, watch it. If you have seen it, watch it again.


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Country:

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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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4-Track Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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