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Airplane! (2-Jul-1980)

Directors: Jim Abrahams; David Zucker; Jerry Zucker

Writers: Jim Abrahams; David Zucker; Jerry Zucker

Music by: Elmer Bernstein

Producer: Jon Davison

Keywords: Comedy, Disaster, Spoof, Glue Sniffing

The pilot and co-pilot of a passenger aircraft become incapacitated and someone must be found who can fly the plane. Found is Ted Striker, a fighter pilot with PTSD who might not have been the ideal choice. The plot is irrelevant; this is one of the funniest films ever produced. Spoof specifically of Zero Hour! (1957) but also of the 1970s parade of disaster movies.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Basketball
16-Apr-1947   NBA records for most minutes, most points
Jim Abrahams
Film Director
10-May-1944   Airplane!
Jonathan Banks
Actor
31-Jan-1947   Frank McPike on Wiseguy
Barbara Billingsley
Actor
22-Dec-1915 16-Oct-2010 June Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver
Lloyd Bridges
Actor
15-Jan-1913 10-Mar-1998 Airplane!
Joyce Bulifant
Actor
16-Dec-1937   Match Game panelist
Peter Graves
Actor
18-Mar-1926 14-Mar-2010 Mission: Impossible
Julie Hagerty
Actor
15-Jun-1955   Airplane!
Robert Hays
Actor
24-Jul-1947   Airplane!
James Hong
Actor
22-Feb-1929   Indeed!
Gregory Itzin
Actor
20-Apr-1948   President Charles Logan on 24
Howard Jarvis
Activist
22-Sep-1903 11-Aug-1986 Anti-tax crusader
David Leisure
Actor
16-Nov-1950   Joe Isuzu
Maureen McGovern
Singer
27-Jul-1949   The Morning After
Ethel Merman
Singer
16-Jan-1908 15-Feb-1984 There's No Business Like Show Business
Ann Nelson
Actor
27-May-1916 2-Jun-1992 Mrs. Gertrude Berg on Fame
Leslie Nielsen
Actor
11-Feb-1926 28-Nov-2010 Airplane!
Robert Stack
Actor
13-Jan-1919 14-May-2003 The Untouchables
Barbara Stuart
Actor
3-Jan-1930 15-May-2011 Bunny on Gomer Pyle, USMC
Kenneth Tobey
Actor
23-Mar-1917 22-Dec-2002 Chuck Martin on Whirlybirds
Jimmie Walker
Comic
25-Jun-1947   Dyn-o-Mite
David Zucker
Film Director
16-Oct-1947   Airplane!
Jerry Zucker
Film Director
11-Mar-1950   Ghost

CAST

Starring
Robert Hays   ...   Ted Striker
Julie Hagerty   ...   Elaine
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar   ...   Murdock
Lloyd Bridges   ...   McCrosky
Peter Graves   ...   Capt. Oveur
Leslie Nielsen   ...   Dr. Rumack
Lorna Patterson   ...   Randy
Robert Stack   ...   Kramer
Stephen Stucker   ...   Johnny
And Intoducing
Otto   ...   Himself
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
Jesse Emmett   ...   Man from India
Norman Alexander Gibbs   ...   First Jive Dude
Amy Gibson   ...   Soldier's Girl
Marcy Goldman   ...   Mrs. Geline
Bob Gorman   ...   Striped Controller
Rossie Harris   ...   Joey
Maurice Hill   ...   Reporter #3
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
Zachary Lewis   ...   Religious Zealot #3
Barbara Mallory   ...   Religious Zealot #2
Maureen McGovern   ...   Nun
Nora Meerbaum   ...   Cocaine Lady
Mary Mercier   ...   Shirley
Ethel Merman   ...   Lt. Hurwitz
Len Mooy   ...   Reporter #1
Ann M. Nelson   ...   Handing Lady
Laura Nix   ...   Mrs. Hurwitz
John O'Leary   ...   Reporter #2
Cyril O'Reilly   ...   Soldier
Bill Porter   ...   Hospital Contortionist
Nicholas Pryor   ...   Mr. Hammen
Conrad Palmisano   ...   Religious Zealot #4
Mallory Sandler   ...   LA Ticket Agent
Michelle Stacy   ...   Young Girl with Coffee
Robert Starr   ...   Religious Zealot #5
Barbara Stuart   ...   Mrs. Kramer
Lee Terri   ...   Mrs. Oveur
Kenneth Tobey   ...   Air Controller Neubauer
William Tregoe   ...   Jack Kirkpatrick
Hatsuo Uda   ...   Japanese Newscaster
Herb Voland   ...   Air Controller Macias
Jimmie Walker   ...   Windshield Wiper Man
Jill Whelan   ...   Lisa Davis
Al White   ...   Second Jive Dude
John-David Wilder   ...   Second Krishna
Windy   ...   Horse
Jason Wingreen   ...   Dr. Brody
Louise Yaffe   ...   Mrs. Jaffe
Charlotte Zucker   ...   Make-up Lady
David Zucker   ...   Ground Crewman #2
Jerry Zucker   ...   Ground Crewman #1

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