AIRPLANE! (Movie)

7/11/1980. Friday. 88 minutes.
Paramount.
Comedy.
Code: AIR 7/1980

PLOT

A pilot who lost his nerve has to fly and land a passenger plane when the crew gets food poisoning. Parody of airplane disaster movies.

CREDITS

Writer-directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

CAST

Robert Hays as Ted Striker
Julie Haggerty as Elaine Dickinson
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as Roger Murdock
Lloyd Bridges as Steve McCroskey
Peter Graves as Captain Oveur
Leslie Neilsen.as Dr. Rumack
Jonathan Banks as Gunderson, radar technician. Listed 12th of 65 (alpha list)

CHARACTER

Just some comedy radar control.

COMMENTS

Roger Ebert summed up this film very well. "Practically a satirical anthology of movie cliches… It compensates for its lack of original comic invention by its utter willingness to steal, beg, borrow, and rewrite from anywhere."

COSTUME

Gunderson has a caramel brown leather bomber jacket with patch, possibly military, on right front. This is a very good color on JB. Hair has that unusual side part, too.

CRITICS

Mixed, but Airplane! was a box-office smash.

Los Angeles Times, 7/2/1980, sec.VI, p.1

Variety, 7/2/1980.

LINES

"About two more minutes, chief." (part of the gag using radar/ radar range (oven) and a turkey cooking.)

SCREEN TIME

30 seconds in 4 scenes, very close to end of film.

WORKED WITH

Robert Hays (HMA 5/1990)
Julie Haggerty (WOH 4/1995)
Leslie Neilsen (HAR 7/1999)