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Robert Hays
Director: Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, David Zucker
Cast: Robert Hays
Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, David Zucker,

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This spoof of the Airport series of disaster movies relies on ridiculous sight gags, groan-inducing dialogue, and deadpan acting -- a comedy style that would be imitated for the next 20 years. Airplane! pulls out all the clichés as alcoholic pilot Ted Striker (Robert Hays), who's developed a fear of flying due to wartime trauma, boards a jumbo jet in an attempt to woo back his stewardess girlfriend (Julie Hagerty). Food poisoning decimates the passengers and crew, leaving it up to Striker to land the plane, with the help of a glue-sniffing air traffic controller (Lloyd Bridges) and Striker's vengeful former captain (Robert Stack), who must both talk him down. Along the way, we meet a clutch of stock disaster movie passengers like the guitar-strumming nun, a sick little girl, a frightened old lady, and two African-American travelers whose "jive" has to be subtitled. Leslie Nielsen portrays the plane's doctor, launching a new phase of the actor's career that carried him through the next two decades in several similarly comedic roles. The trio of directors Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, and David Zucker responsible for the film would eventually go on to solo careers, but not before making Top Secret! and Ruthless People.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2017
UPC: 0032429256324
Original Release: 1980
Rating: PG
Source: Paramount
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:27:00
Sales rank: 2,125

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Hays Ted Striker
Julie Hagerty Elaine Dickinson
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Murdock
Lloyd Bridges McCroskey
Peter Graves Capt. Oveur
Leslie Nielsen Dr. Rumack
Robert Stack Kramer
Lorna Patterson Randy
Stephen Stucker Johnny
Jim Abrahams Religious Zealot #6
Frank Ashmore Victor Basta
Jonathan Banks Gunderson
Craig Berenson Paul Carey
Barbara Billingsley Jive Lady
Lee Bryant Mrs. Hammen
Joyce Bulifant Mrs. Davis
Mae E. Campbell Security Lady
Ted Chapman Airport Steward
Norman Alexander Gibbs First Jive Dude
Marcy Goldman Mrs. Geline
Rossie Harris Joey
David Hollander Young Boy with Coffee
James Hong Japanese General
Howard Honig Jack
Gregory Itzin Religious Zealot #1
Howard Jarvis Man in Taxi
Michael Laurence Newscaster
David Leisure First Krishna
Barbara Mallory Religious Zealot #2
Maureen McGovern Nun
Nora Meerbaum Cocaine Lady
Mary Mercier Shirley
Ethel Merman Lt. Hurwitz
Ann Nelson Handing Lady
John O'Leary Reporter #2
Cyril O'Reilly Soldier
Nicholas Pryor Mr. Hammen
Conrad Palmisano Religious Zealot #4
Michelle Stacy Young Girl with Coffee
Robert Starr Religious Zealot #5
Barbara Stuart Mrs. Kramer
Kenneth Tobey Air Controller Neubauer
William Tregoe Jack Kirkpatrick
Jill Whelan Lisa Davis
White Second Jive Dude
Jason Wingreen Dr. Brody
Louise Yaffe Mrs. Jaffe
Charlotte Zucker Make-Up Lady
David Zucker Ground Crewman #1
Jerry Zucker Ground Crewman #2
Allison Caine Voice Only
Herb Voland Air Controller Macias
Maurice Hill Reporter 3

Technical Credits
Jim Abrahams Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Jerry Zucker Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
David Zucker Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Jon Davison Producer
Fred Smith Camera Operator
Patrick Kennedy Editor
Bruce Logan Special Effects
Hunt Lowry Associate Producer
Tom Mahoney Choreography
Anne McCulley Set Decoration/Design
Rosanna Norton Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Overton Sound/Sound Designer
Ward Preston Production Designer
Arne Schmidt Asst. Director
Joel Thurm Casting
Jesse Wayne Stunts

Customer Reviews

Airplane! 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With America still licking its wounds from the Vietnam war, runaway inflation, aatronomical unemployment, and a seemingly interminable hostage crisis, 1980 was definitely a year in which America needed some comic relief, and the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker directorial trio DELIVERED! Starting with the Jaws parody and ending with the disgruntled taxi passenger still waiting for his cab ride ('I'll give him another twenty minutes, but that's it!'), Airplane! delivers an unending succession of hysterical one- liners, memorable sight gags, and slapstick comedy unmatched in any comedy film before or since. Robert Hays stars as the war-tempered Ted Striker, who pursues his lost love Elaine Dickinson (played by Julie Hagerty) but ends up conquering his fear of flying by flying a plane headed for certain doom and making 'one of the lousiest landings in the history of this airport.' Particularly memorable are 1950s icon Barbara Billingsley playing the role of 'Jive translator' and air traffic controller Steve McCroskey's (Lloyd Bridges' ) running 'I picked the wrong week to quit (drinking, smoking, etc.)' gag. This movie is to comedy what Shakespeare's Hamlet is to drama!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Featuring an all-star cast and a writing/directing staff second to none, Airplane!, a spoof on the Airport series of the 1970s (as well as several other 70’s disaster flicks), is without doubt the funniest movie ever made. Ted Striker (Robert Hays) still suffers from war flashbacks and is scared to fly as a result. However, he is willing to fly to make sure that his girlfriend, Elaine (Julie Hagarty), a stewardess, does not leave him. All (well not quite all) is well until, mid-flight, the captain and crew suffer from food poisoning, leaving only Striker (and the auto-pilot) to fly the plane. The flight continues with one hilarious disaster after another, but the movie also takes time to introduce us to the passengers. From the singing nun to the “Jive Dudes,” every person on the plane has a new, interesting, and side-splitting story. And of course, no comedy is complete without a little deadpan humor from Lloyd Bridges (“I picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue”) and Leslie Nielson (“It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now”) – and Airplane! is chock full of it. This movie probably has the best collection of deadpan humor of any ever made; almost every character gets in on it. Also starring are Peter Graves as the perverse Captain Oveur, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the captain’s right-hand man Murdock, and Robert Stack as control tower operator Kramer, as well as a small role (the Jive Lady) by Barbara Billingsley (Leave it to Beaver). As far as the production staff goes, well, there’s just none better. Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker, the three-man team consisting of Jerry and David Zucker and Jim Abrahams, had begun their careers only a few years prior to the making of Airplane! with Kentucky Fried Movie. It was Airplane!, however, that caused their careers to soar. Afterwards, the team brought us the Naked Gun series, Top Secret!, and Ruthless People before going their separate ways. All three went on to successful post-ZAZ careers… David Zucker most recently directed Scary Movie 3, Abrahams found success with the Hot Shots duo, and Jerry Zucker recently competed the remake of It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World titled Rat Race. Needless to say, there was enormous creative talent on the staff, as well as the cast, which led to the success of Airplane!. Is there one funnier? Will there ever be one funnier? See the movie and learn for yourself that the answer is most definitely “no!”
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Guest More than 1 year ago
So many litte time... a lot of laughs . This movie will make you laugh and laugh after the end with many gags like the air israel , the eggs , 'Grown man naked' question and Kareem Abdul Jabar . He is the only basketball player that knows how to act . If you want to laugh your butt off , go see airplane!
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This is a very funny movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
Airplane is the Funniest Movie ever made, the dialouge, the sight gags, eveything is funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This film has not stood the test of time. It still has some amusing moments but for the most part it is silly, dumb, or ho-hum. I wondered what I saw in it to begin with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Airplane! is one of the best movies i have ever watched of all time. At parts i laughed so hard that i almost choked. I thought the Air-Israel joke was classic, but i DO NOT RECOMEND AIRPLANE! 2. Peace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was chessy but the nudity was unnessecary. All the rest was funny like at the beginning with the spoof of jaws was hilarious.