Jim Abrahams (1980)

12A Certificate


Our Score
This is the first and still the best of Zucker, Zucker and Abrahams's wonderful movie send-ups. There's hardly a second that passes without an assault by a wickedly accurate spoof, cringe-inducing pun or inspired sight gag, and the years have not diminished the film's dumb appeal. Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty are the nominal stars, but the most fun is had by the distinguished supporting cast. It's the film that made a comedy star out of Leslie ("don't call me Shirley") Nielsen, but a whole troupe of veteran character actors - Peter Graves, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges - also have a hugely enjoyable time sending up their screen personae. And, best of all, it drove a large nail into the coffin of what was becoming a very tired Hollywood institution, the Airport series.


The passengers on board an ill-fated airliner become increasingly jittery when the flight crew flounder during a food-poisoning crisis. As ground control personnel struggle heroically to ensure the plane lands safely, a traumatised war veteran must face his fear to take the controls. Spoof disaster movie, starring Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack and Lloyd Bridges.

Cast & Crew

Ted Striker Robert Hays
Elaine Dickinson Julie Hagerty
Dr Rumack Leslie Nielsen
McCroskey Lloyd Bridges
Rex Kramer Robert Stack
Roger Murdock Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Captain Oveur Peter Graves (2)
Randy Lorna Patterson
Johnny Stephen Stucker
Lieutenant Hurwitz Ethel Merman
Air Controller Neubauer Kenneth Tobey
Gunderson Jonathan Banks
Nun Maureen McGovern
Bouncy topless woman on plane Kitten Natividad
Randy Lorna Patterson
Director Jim Abrahams
Director David Zucker
Director Jerry Zucker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: C.I.C. (UK)Guidance: Swearing, drug abuse, nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Drama