Airplane! (1980)

What's slower than a speeding bullet, and able to hit tall buildings at a single bound?

  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 1980-07-02
  • User Rating: 7.273/10 from 3668 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 28min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Paramount
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Directors: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker.
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The persons and events in this film are fictitious - fortunately! A masterpiece of off-the-wall comedy, Airplane! features Robert Hays as an ex-fighter pilot forced to take over the controls of an airliner when the flight crew succumbs to food poisoning; Julie Hagerty as his girlfriend/stewardess/co-pilot; and a cast of all-stars including Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar... and more. Their hilarious high jinks spoof airplane disaster flicks, religious zealots, television commercials, romantic love... the list whirls by in rapid succession. And the story races from one moment of zany fun to the next.


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  • Robert Hays

    as Ted Striker
  • Julie Hagerty

    as Elaine Dickinson
  • Leslie Nielsen

    as Dr. Rumack
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    as Roger Murdock
  • Lloyd Bridges

    as Steve McCroskey
  • Peter Graves

    as Captain Clarence Oveur
  • Lorna Patterson

    as Randy
  • Robert Stack

    as Captain Rex Kramer
  • Jim Abrahams

    as Religious Zealot #6
  • Jonathan Banks

    as Gunderson
  • Stephen Stucker

    as Johnny Henshaw-Jacobs
  • Frank Ashmore

    as Victor Basta
  • Craig Berenson

    as Paul Carey
  • Barbara Billingsley

    as Jive Lady
  • Lee Bryant

    as Mrs. Hammen
  • Joyce Bulifant

    as Mrs. Davis
  • Mae E. Campbell

    as Security Lady
  • Ethel Merman

    as Lieutenant Hurwitz
  • Jimmie Walker

    as Windshield Wiper Man
  • Jill Whelan

    as Lisa Davis
  • Nora Meerbaum

    as Cocaine Lady
  • Kenneth Tobey

    as Air Controller Neubauer
  • James Hong

    as Japanese General
  • Michelle Stacy

    as Young Girl with Coffee
  • David Leisure

    as First Krishna
  • Ann Nelson

    as Hanging Lady
  • Al White

    as Second Jive Dude
  • Nicholas Pryor

    as Mr. Hammen
  • Cyril O'Reilly

    as Soldier
  • Ted Chapman

    as Airport Steward
  • Jesse Emmett

    as Man from India
  • Norman Alexander Gibbs

    as First Jive Dude
  • Amy Gibson

    as Soldier's Girl
  • Marcy Goldman

    as Mrs. Geline
  • Bob Gorman

    as Striped Controller
  • Rossie Harris

    as Joey
  • Maurice Hill

    as Reporter #3
  • David Hollander

    as Young Boy with Coffee
  • Howard Honig

    as Jack
  • Gregory Itzin

    as Religious Zealot #1
  • Howard Jarvis

    as Man in Taxi
  • Michael Laurence

    as Newscaster
  • Zachary Lewis

    as Religious Zealot #3
  • Barbara Mallory

    as Religious Zealot #2
  • Maureen McGovern

    as Nun
  • Mary Mercier

    as Shirley
  • Len Mooy

    as Reporter #1
  • Laura Nix

    as Mrs. Hurwitz
  • John O'Leary

    as Reporter #2
  • Bill Porter

    as Hospital Contortionist
  • Conrad E. Palmisano

    as Religious Zealot #4
  • Mallory Sandler

    as L.A. Ticket Agent
  • Robert Starr

    as Religious Zealot #5
  • Barbara Stuart

    as Mrs. Kramer
  • Lee Terri

    as Mrs. Oveur
  • William Tregoe

    as Jack Kirkpatrick
  • Hatsuo Uda

    as Japanese Newscaster
  • Herb Voland

    as Air Controller Macias
  • John David Wilder

    as Second Krishna
  • Windy

    as Horse
  • Jason Wingreen

    as Dr. Brody
  • Louise Yaffe

    as Mrs. Jaffe
  • Charlotte Zucker

    as Make-up Lady
  • David Zucker

    as Ground Crewman #2
  • Jerry Zucker

    as Ground Crewman #1
  • Kitten Natividad

    as Bouncy Topless Woman on Plane (uncredited)
Costume & Make-Up Rosanna Norton Costume Design
Directing Jerry Zucker Director
Production Jerry Zucker Executive Producer
Writing Jerry Zucker Writer
Crew John Frazier Special Effects
Sound Elmer Bernstein Original Music Composer
Production Gretchen Rennell Additional Casting
Production Jon Davison Producer
Sound James Troutman Sound Editor
Directing Arne Schmidt First Assistant Director
Production Joel Thurm Casting
Directing Jim Abrahams Director
Production Jim Abrahams Executive Producer
Writing Jim Abrahams Writer
Directing David Zucker Director
Production David Zucker Executive Producer
Writing David Zucker Writer
Camera Joseph F. Biroc Director of Photography
Art Ward Preston Production Design
Art Anne D. McCulley Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Edwin Butterworth Makeup Artist
Costume & Make-Up Joan Phillips Hairstylist
Production Maurice Vaccarino Unit Production Manager
Art Mike Higelmire Art Department Coordinator
Art Mike Higelmire Leadman
Sound Clancy T. Troutman Supervising Sound Editor
Sound Jeff Carson Music Editor
Visual Effects Robert Blalack Visual Effects
Crew Conrad E. Palmisano Stunt Coordinator
Crew Leigh Walsh Stunt Double
Production Wallis Nicita Additional Casting
Camera Jamie Anderson Assistant Camera
Production Susan Arnold Additional Casting
Sound Kathy Durning Music Editor
Production Hunt Lowry Associate Producer
Crew Pat Proft Thanks
Editing Scott K. Wallace Assistant Editor
Sound Dennis Jones Boom Operator
Sound Jeff Clark Assistant Sound Editor
Sound David J. Hudson Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Visual Effects Peter Kuran Visual Effects
Costume & Make-Up Rob Bottin Makeup Artist
Crew Huey Redwine Stand In
Editing Patrick Kennedy Editor
Sound David Spear Orchestrator
Visual Effects Jamie Shourt Visual Effects
Camera Frederic J. Smith Camera Operator
Art Steven M. Levine Property Master
Sound David E. Campbell Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Costume & Make-Up Victoria Snow Costumer
Sound John T. Reitz Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Camera M. Todd Henry Assistant Camera
Directing Nancy Hansen Script Supervisor
Lighting Larry Gilhooly Gaffer
Sound Tom Overton Sound Mixer
Art Dan Perri Title Designer
Visual Effects Chris Casady Visual Effects
Costume & Make-Up Bob Stein Makeup Artist
Art Joseph E. Hubbard Set Designer
Camera Nick Papanickolas Grip
Crew Art Sarno Unit Publicist
Camera John Monte Still Photographer
Directing Kenneth D. Collins Second Assistant Director
Camera William E. Fitch Grip
Art Jeff Clark Sign Painter
Crew Mary Peters Stunts
Art Wally Graham Construction Coordinator
Costume & Make-Up Aggie Lyon Costume Supervisor
Art Tom Crowl Assistant Property Master
Visual Effects Max W. Anderson Visual Effects
Visual Effects Bill Hedge Visual Effects
Crew C.D. Smith Stunts
Lighting Brink Brydon Gaffer
Camera Jerry Deats Grip
Camera Bill Decker Grip
Lighting Norman Lang Electrician
Camera Edmond Wright Grip
Crew Adam Culunga Craft Service
Crew Tom Mahoney Choreographer
Crew Sam Mattingly Unit Publicist
Crew J.L. Mitchell Animal Wrangler
Crew Dick Webb Animal Wrangler