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Airplane! Details


This spoof of the [[Feature~V1307~Airport~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 ([[Performer~P31305~Robert Hays~roberthays]]), who's developed a fear of flying due to wartime trauma, boards a jumbo jet in an attempt to woo back his stewardess girlfriend ([[Performer~P29559~Julie Hagerty~juliehagerty]]). 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 ([[Performer~P3198~Lloyd Bridges~lloydbridges]]) and Striker's vengeful former captain ([[Performer~P67453~Robert Stack~robertstack]]), 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. [[Performer~P52664~Leslie Nielsen~leslienielsen]] 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 [[Performer~P78951~Jim Abrahams~jimabrahams]], [[Performer~P118047~Jerry Zucker~jerryzucker]], and [[Performer~P118048~David Zucker~davidzucker]] responsible for the film would eventually go on to solo careers, but not before making [[Feature~V50450~Top Secret!~topsecret]] and [[Feature~V42419~Ruthless People~ruthlesspeople]]. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

  • Release date:January 1, 1980


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


Jim Abrahams
David Zucker
Jerry Zucker
Jon Davison
David Zucker
Jerry Zucker
Jim Abrahams
Joseph Biroc
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Ward Preston
Production Designer
Hunt Lowry
Associate Producer
Jerry Zucker
Executive Producer
David Zucker
Executive Producer
Jim Abrahams
Executive Producer
Anne McCulley
Set Designer
Rosanna Norton
Costume Designer
Bruce Logan
Special Effects
Arne Schmidt
First Assistant Director
Jesse Wayne
Joel Thurm
Betty Moos
Assistant to the Director