The film is a spoof of the disaster film genre, and is essentially a remake of the 1957 Paramount film Zero Hour!. In Australia and New Zealand it is known as Flying High. In the years since its release, Airplane!'s reputation has grown substantially beyond its modest comic intentions. The film was voted the 10th-funniest American comedy in AFI's "100 Years... 100 Laughs" list, and ranked 6th on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies". Airplane! has a 98% "fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes. In a major 2007 survey by Channel 4 in the United Kingdom, it was judged the second greatest comedy film of all time.
A follow up film, titled Airplane II:The Sequel, was released in 1982.
Runtime: 88 minutes
Release date: June 27, 1980
Starring: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty
Directors: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker
Producers: Jon Davison, Howard W. Koch
Music: Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography: Joseph F. Biroc
Editing: Patrick Kennedy
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Edited TV rating Edit
Airplane! was rated TV-PG-DLSV on Cartoon Network and ABC Family, and TV-14-S on Comedy Central.
- Robert Hays as Ted Striker
- Julie Hagerty as Elaine Robinson
- Leslie Nielsen as Dr. Alan Rumack
- Peter Graves as Captain Clarence Oveur
- Lloyd Bridges as Steve McCroskey
- Robert Stack as Captain Rex Kramer
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as Roger Murdock
- Otto as himself
- Stephen Stucker as Johnny Henshaw
- Lorna Patterson as Randy
- Barbara Stuart as Mrs. Kramer
- Frank Ashmore as Victor Basta
- Jonathan Banks as Gunderson
- Craig Berenson as Paul Carey
- Barbara Billingsley as Jive Lady
- Lee Bryant as Mrs. Hammen
- Joyce Bulifant as Mrs. Davis
- Marcy Goldman as Mrs. Geline
- Ross Harris as Joey Staines
- James Hong as a Japanese General
- Al White as Jive Dude
- "What's slower than a speeding bullet, and able to hit tall buildings at a single bound?"
- "Thank God it's Only a Motion Picture!"
- "The craziest flight you'll ever take!"
- "The Plane's going to Chicago. The Pilot's going to New York. The Passengers are going to Pieces!"
- "You've read the ad, now see the movie!"
- Article introduction and information from Wikipedia and IMDb.