Airplane! (1980)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Murdock
Lloyd Bridges McCroskey
Peter Graves Capt. Oveur
Julie Hagerty Elaine Dickinson
Robert Hays Ted Striker
Ethel Merman
Leslie Nielsen Dr. Rumack
Otto Himself - The Inflatable Autopilot
Lorna Patterson Randy
Robert Stack Kramer
Stephen Stucker Johnny
Charlotte Zucker Make-Up Lady
Movie Details
Genre Comedy
Director Jim Abrahams; Jerry Zucker; David Zucker; James Abrahams
Producer Jon Davison
Writer Arthur Hailey; James Abrahams; David Zucker
Studio Paramount Pictures
Language English
Audience Rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time 88 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 7.8
Plot
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
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 367
Collection Status In Collection
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 097360130546
Chapters 26
Release Date 10/24/2000
Subtitles English
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Widescreen Closed-captioned Dolby