DVD 88 mins IMDB 7.8 (28,720 votes)
Paramount Pictures (1980)
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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
Charlotte Zucker Make-Up Lady
Otto Himself - The Inflatable Autopilot
Jim Abrahams Religious zealot #6
Frank Ashmore Victor Basta
Jonathan Banks Gunderson
Craig Berenson Paul Carey
Barbara Billingsley Jive Lady

Director Jim Abrahams; Jerry Zucker; David Zucker; James Abrahams
Producer Jon Davison
Writer Arthur Hailey; James Abrahams; David Zucker; Hall Bartlett; John C. Champion; Jim Abrahams; Jerry Zucker
Cinematography Joseph F. Biroc
Musician Elmer Bernstein; Stephen Sondheim
User Credit 1 Patrick Kennedy
User Credit 2 Rosanna Norton

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. — Perry Seibert

Edition Details
Barcode 097360130546
Region Region 1
Chapters 26
Release Date 10/24/2000
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

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Theatrical Trailer
Group Commentary with Producer Jon Davison and Writer/Directors Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker and David Zucker
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User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 What's slower than a speeding bullet, and able to hit tall buildings at a single bound?
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Trivia: The singing nun is Maureen McGovern who sings the theme song to the sitcom "Angie" (1979) which Robert Hays was co-starring in at the time of filming. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When Elaine and Striker are rolling around in the sand, a beached fish appears and disappears in the sand between shots. (more)

[first lines]
Male announcer: The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in a red zone.
Female announcer: The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in a red zone.

Awards: Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 5 nominations (more)