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Airplane! ()


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A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.

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  • Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations.
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Roger Murdock (as Kareem Abdul-Jabaar)
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Steve McCroskey
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Captain Clarence Oveur
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Elaine Dickinson
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Ted Striker
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Dr. Rumack
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Randy
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Captain Rex Kramer
Stephen Stucker ...
Johnny Henshaw-Jacobs
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Otto
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Religious Zealot #6
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Victor Basta
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Gunderson
Craig Berenson ...
Paul Carey
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Jive Lady
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Mrs. Hammen
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Mrs. Davis
Mae E. Campbell ...
Security Lady
Ted Chapman ...
Airport Steward
Jesse Emmett ...
Man from India
Norman Alexander Gibbs ...
First Jive Dude
Amy Gibson ...
Soldier's Girl
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Mrs. Geline
Bob Gorman ...
Striped Controller (as Bobby Gorman)
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Joey
Maurice Hill ...
Reporter #3
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Young Boy with Coffee
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Japanese General
Howard Honig ...
Jack
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Religious Zealot #1
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Man in Taxi
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Newscaster
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First Krishna
Zachary Lewis ...
Religious Zealot #3
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Religious Zealot #2
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Nun
Nora Meerbaum ...
Cocaine Lady
Mary Mercier ...
Shirley
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Lieutenant Hurwitz
Len Mooy ...
Reporter #1
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Hanging Lady (as Ann M. Nelson)
Laura Nix ...
Mrs. Hurwitz
John O'Leary ...
Reporter #2
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Soldier
Bill Porter ...
Hospital Contortionist
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Mr. Hammen
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Religious Zealot #4 (as Conrad Palmisano)
Mallory Sandler ...
L.A. Ticket Agent
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Young Girl with Coffee
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Religious Zealot #5
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Mrs. Kramer
Lee Terri ...
Mrs. Oveur
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Air Controller Neubauer
William Tregoe ...
Jack Kirkpatrick
Hatsuo Uda ...
Japanese Newscaster
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Air Controller Macias
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Windshield Wiper Man
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Lisa Davis
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Second Jive Dude
John David Wilder ...
Second Krishna (as John-David Wilder)
Windy ...
Horse
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Dr. Brody
Louise Yaffe ...
Mrs. Jaffe
Charlotte Zucker ...
Make-up Lady
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Ground Crewman #2
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Ground Crewman #1
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benjie Bancroft ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Larry Blake ...
Upside-Down Man (uncredited)
Susan Breslau ...
Ticket Agent (uncredited)
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Girl Scout in Bar (uncredited)
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Passenger in Terminal (uncredited)
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Captain Geline (uncredited)
Joyce Mandel ...
Woman on Flight (uncredited)
Paula Marie Moody ...
Girl Scout in Bar (uncredited)
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Bouncy Topless Woman on Plane (uncredited)
Robert Nevin ...
Other Doctor (uncredited)
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Third Krishna (uncredited)
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Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jim Abrahams
David Zucker
Jerry Zucker

Written by

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Jim Abrahams ... (written for the screen by) &
David Zucker ... (written for the screen by) &
Jerry Zucker ... (written for the screen by)
 
Hall Bartlett ... (screenplay "Zero Hour") (uncredited)
 
John C. Champion ... (screenplay "Zero Hour") (uncredited)
 
Arthur Hailey ... (screenplay "Zero Hour") (uncredited)
 
Arthur Hailey ... (teleplay "Flight Into Danger") (uncredited)

Produced by

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Jim Abrahams ... executive producer
Jon Davison ... producer (produced by)
Hunt Lowry ... associate producer
David Zucker ... executive producer
Jerry Zucker ... executive producer
Howard W. Koch ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Elmer Bernstein

Cinematography by

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Joseph F. Biroc ... director of photography (as Joseph Biroc)

Film Editing by

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Patrick Kennedy

Editorial Department

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Scott K. Wallace ... assistant editor (as Scott Wallace)
Norman Alexander Gibbs ... dialogue: Jive (uncredited)
Al White ... dialogue: Jive (uncredited)

Casting By

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Joel Thurm

Production Design by

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Ward Preston

Set Decoration by

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Anne D. McCulley

Costume Design by

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Rosanna Norton

Makeup Department

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Edwin Butterworth ... makeup artist
Joan Phillips ... hair stylist
Rob Bottin ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Bob Stein ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Maurice Vaccarino ... unit production manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. ... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Daniel Attias ... dga trainee (as Dan Attias)
Kenneth D. Collins ... second assistant director (as Ken Collins)
Arne Schmidt ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Jeff Clark ... sign writer
Tom Crowl ... assistant property master
Wally Graham ... construction coordinator
Mike Higelmire ... lead person
Joseph E. Hubbard ... set designer (as Joe Hubbard)
Steven M. Levine ... property master (as Steven Levine)
David Jonas ... production illustrator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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David E. Campbell ... re-recording mixer (as David Campbell)
Jeff Clark ... assistant sound editor
Bill Henderson ... sound re-recording engineer
David J. Hudson ... re-recording mixer (as Dave Hudson)
Dennis Jones ... boom operator
Tom Overton ... sound recording mixer
John T. Reitz ... re-recording mixer
James Troutman ... sound editor (as Jim Troutman)
Alan Bernard ... sound (uncredited)
Terry Chambers ... sound editor (uncredited)
Jeremy Hoenack ... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Jayme S. Parker ... sound editor (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers ... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Ronald L. Stirling ... boom operator (uncredited)
David A. Whittaker ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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John Frazier ... special effects
Chris Walas ... special projects
Brian Bevis ... special effects crew (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Max W. Anderson ... visual effects
Robert Blalack ... visual effects: MPI
Chris Casady ... visual effects: VCE
Donald Hansard Sr. ... process supervisor (as Donald Hansard)
Bill Hedge ... visual effects: Magic Lantern
Richard O. Helmer ... miniature special effects
Peter Kuran ... visual effects: VCE
Bruce Logan ... director of photography: special effects
Jamie Shourt ... visual effects: MPI (as James Shourt)
Paul Gentry ... director of photography: miniatures (uncredited)
David Merritt ... model maker: MPI (uncredited)
Christopher S. Ross ... special effects miniatures (uncredited)

Stunts

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Bruce Paul Barbour ... stunt performer
Debbie Evans ... stunt performer
Sandra Lee Gimpel ... stunt performer
Leslie Hoffman ... stunt performer
Conrad E. Palmisano ... stunt coordinator (as Conrad Palmisano)
C.D. Smith ... stunts
Leigh Walsh ... stunt double
Janet Brady ... stunts (uncredited)
Roger Creed ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Paula Dell ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Gene LeBell ... stunts (uncredited)
Paula Marie Moody ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Conrad E. Palmisano ... stunt double: Lloyd Bridges (uncredited) / stunt double: Robert Hays (uncredited)
Esther Palmisano ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Nick Palmisano ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Mary Peters ... stunts (uncredited)
Diane Peterson ... stunts (uncredited)
Dar Robinson ... stunts (uncredited)
Russell Saunders ... stunt performer (uncredited)
Rick Seaman ... stunts (uncredited)
Greg Walker ... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jamie Anderson ... assistant camera
Brink Brydon ... gaffer: effects unit
Jerry Deats ... grip: effects unit
Bill Decker ... grip
William E. Fitch ... grip
Larry Gilhooly ... gaffer
M. Todd Henry ... assistant camera (as Todd Henry)
Norman Lang ... electrician
Danny Marzolo ... electrical department
John Monte ... still photographer
Nick Papanickolas ... grip
Pete G. Papanickolas ... griplogy (as Pete Papanickolas)
Frederic J. Smith ... camera operator (as Frederick J. Smith)
Gary R. Wostak ... electrical department (as Gary Wostack)
Edmond Wright ... grip
Greg Langham ... lamp operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Susan Arnold ... additional casting
Wallis Nicita ... additional casting (as Wally Nicita)
Gretchen Rennell ... additional casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Aggie Lyon ... costume supervisor
Victoria Snow ... costumer

Music Department

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Rick Baptist ... musician: trumpet
Elmer Bernstein ... conductor / orchestrator
Peter Bernstein ... orchestrator
Tom Boyd ... oboe soloist
Allison Caine ... vocal effects advisor
Jeff Carson ... music editor
Norman Corey ... music preparation
Alexander Courage ... orchestrator
Vince De Rosa ... musician: French horn
Sandy DeCrescent ... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
George Doering ... musician / musician: guitar
Kathy Durning ... music editor
Leonard A. Engel ... music editor (as Len Engel)
Carl Fortina ... music coordinator
Earle Hagen ... orchestrator
Jo Ann Kane ... music librarian
Alan Kaplan ... musician: trombone
Richard Lapham ... supervising music editor
Billy May ... orchestrator
Malcolm McNab ... musician: trumpet
Cynthia Millar ... musician: ondes martinot solo
Brian O'Connor ... musician: French horn
George Roberts ... musician: trombone
Shorty Rogers ... orchestrator
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute
Patrick Russ ... orchestrator
Jim Self ... musician: tuba
David Spear ... orchestrator
Sylvester G. Strudwick ... musician: viola (as Sly Strudwick)
James Thatcher ... musician: French horn
Dan Wallin ... score mixer
Booker White ... music preparation
Joe Zimmerman ... music preparation
Elmer Bernstein ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Frank Comstock ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Allyn Ferguson ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dan Goldwasser ... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Jimmie Haskell ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tommy Johnson ... musician: tuba (uncredited)
Arthur Morton ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Richard Nash ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Richard Perissi ... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Steven L. Smith ... music preparation (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Fred Steiner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Eugene Worsely Jr. ... musician: clarinet (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Glenda Baker ... transportation
Tom Baker ... transportation
Frank Khoury ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Adam Culunga ... craft service
Michael Finnell ... generally in charge of a lot of things (as Mike Finnell)
Nancy Hansen ... script supervisor
Adolf Hitler ... worst boy (creditOnly)
Steve Kramer ... airport arrangements
Tom Mahoney ... choreographer
Sam Mattingly ... unit publicist
Dave Miller ... first aid
J.L. Mitchell ... wrangler
Betty Moos ... supervisor of production administration
Dan Perri ... title designer
Huey Redwine ... stand-in
Art Sarno ... unit publicist
Dick Webb ... wrangler
Larry Wilson ... magic consultant
Laurie Abdo ... secretary: Howard W. Koch (uncredited)
Raechel Donahue ... voice artist (uncredited)
Wayne D. Goldwyn ... location projectionist (uncredited)
Sheri Maruno ... secretary: Howard W. Koch (uncredited)
Dennis Park ... auditor (uncredited)

Thanks

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Laurie Abdo ... grateful acknowledgment
Jason Black ... grateful acknowledgment
Susan Breslau ... grateful acknowledgment
Nancy Cocuzzo ... grateful acknowledgment
Danice Hertz ... grateful acknowledgment
Erika Hiller ... grateful acknowledgment
Peter Ivers ... grateful acknowledgment
Kim Jorgensen ... special thanks
Dick Lowry ... grateful acknowledgment
Sheri Maruno ... grateful acknowledgment
Dennis Park ... grateful acknowledgment
Pat Proft ... special thanks
Karen Rasch ... grateful acknowledgment
Richard Raynis ... grateful acknowledgment
Robert Reilly ... grateful acknowledgment
Christopher S. Ross ... grateful acknowledgment (as Chris Ross)
Terry Shagin ... grateful acknowledgment
Sheila Sullivan ... grateful acknowledgment
Paul Turner ... grateful acknowledgment

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Distributors

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Special Effects

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Other Companies

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines You've read the ad, now see the movie! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Kentucky Fried Airplane (United States)
  • Flying High! (Japan, English title)
  • Flying High! (South Africa, English title)
  • Flying High! (New Zealand, English title)
  • Flying High! (Philippines, English title)
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Runtime
  • 88 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia For the argument between announcers concerning the white and red zones at the airport, the producers hired the same voice artists who had made the real-world announcements at Los Angeles International Airport. At the real airport, the white zone is for loading and unloading of passengers only, and there's no stopping in the red zone (except for transit buses). They were also married to each other in real life. See more »
Goofs Although the plane clearly has jet engines, the engine noise heard inside the cabin throughout the film is of a piston-engined propeller plane. This engine noise is taken from the film Zero Hour! (1957) and is a long-running gag: Airplane! (1980) is a spoof of disaster films such as Zero Hour and Airport (1970). See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Beast from the Belly of a Boeing (1983). See more »
Soundtracks Stayin' Alive See more »
Crazy Credits Worst Boy ... Adolf Hitler See more »
Quotes [as the plane prepares to take off]
Hanging Lady: Nervous?
Ted Striker: Yes.
Hanging Lady: First time?
Ted Striker: No, I've been nervous lots of times.
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