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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.

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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: 3,989

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

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