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The Last Flight of Noah's Ark (1980)

When a plane carrying various animals makes a forced landing on a desert island, the only chance to escape is to convert the plane into a boat.


Charles Jarrott


Ernest K. Gann (story), Steven W. Carabatsos (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Elliott Gould ... Noah Dugan
Geneviève Bujold ... Bernadette Lafleur (as Genevieve Bujold)
Ricky Schroder ... Bobby
Vincent Gardenia ... Stoney
Tammy Lauren ... Julie
John Fujioka ... Cleveland
Yuki Shimoda ... Hiro
John P. Ryan ... Coslough
Dana Elcar ... Benchley
Ruth Manning Ruth Manning ... Charlotte Braithwaite
Arthur Adams Arthur Adams ... Leipzig Manager
Austin Willis ... Slabotsky
Peter Renaday Peter Renaday ... Irate Pilot (as Pete Renaday)
Bob Whiting Bob Whiting ... Chaplain


When Noah Dugan agrees to fly missionary Bernadette Lafleur and her cargo of animals to a remote island, its only because he is on the run from a couple of bookies. What neither of them know is that two of Miss Lafleur's young students have stowed away with the animals & Miss Lafleur's transistor radio has interfered with the plane's instruments and they're all now miles off course. After a forced landing on a remote island, Dugan, Bernadette, Bobby and Julie discover that they are not alone. Together with two Japanese soldiers who have been stranded on the island since WWII, they must turn the plane into a seaworthy boat if they are ever to make it home. When Bobby and Julie insist that they cannot leave the animals behind, the converted plane truly becomes a second Noah's Ark Written by April M. Cheek <Aravis2713@aol.com>

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Lost. 2,000 miles at sea in a 40 year old bomber. See more »


Adventure | Family


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Did You Know?


This 1980 cinema movie alongside the same year's Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) were the final theatrical feature films as a full producer for Ron Miller, the son-in-law of Walt Disney, who afterwards became solely an executive producer. See more »


Noah Dugan: We nearly get killed and you wanna open a Sunday school for the enemy?
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Half of Me
Lyrics by Hal David
Music by Maurice Jarre
Performed by Alexandra Brown
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Elliott Gould in benign Disney-mode--like a G-rated Bogart
26 June 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Unemployed pilot must pay 5 G's in 24 hours to his bookmaker or else his goons will work him over; he reluctantly accepts a job flying a feisty missionary and her farm animals to an island in the South Pacific in a rickety B-29 bomber, but the plan goes awry. First, the couple is joined by two stowaway orphans who are worried about the animals, then the plane goes off-course and the pilot is forced to crash land the aircraft on the beach of an uncharted island--inhabited by two Japanese soldiers who are unaware that WWII is over. In the first half of the 1970s, Elliott Gould made film after film, mostly counterculture comedies which established him as an anti-hero; he appealed to the young people of the era who hoped to shout down the Establishment. By 1980, Gould had become part of the Establishment, a working stiff in Hollywood, and the industry's middle ground (Disney) was eager to turn him into a grouchy sweetie-puss, a Bogart father-figure for marriage-minded women and wet-eyed youngsters. Gould doesn't embarrass himself here--he's firm with both the kids and the missionary (a forthright but not stubborn Genevieve Bujold)--but he's coasting, his energy at half-mast. The film, adapted from Ernest K. Gann's story "The Gremlin's Castle", has elements of "Swiss Family Robinson", "The African Queen" and even (God help us) "Jaws", but director Charles Jarrott blessedly keeps it moving instead of stopping to preach. There are things Jarrott probably had no control over, such as the kids fussing and crying over the animals or Maurice Jarre's cloying music, which tugs at the tear ducts. It doesn't quite work, but there are compensations. Gould and Bujold manage to develop a faintly-warm rapport, and Charles F. Wheeler's cinematography is excellent. The island location is lovely, and the Japanese men (John Fujioka and Yuki Shimoda) are handled with respect. As for the bookmaker, we are to assume he got his money, and also that the seasick bull made a speedy recovery. This is Disney, after all. **1/2 from ****

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Release Date:

25 June 1980 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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