Alcoholic pilot, Ted Striker has developed a fear of flying due to wartime trauma, but nevertheless boards a passenger jet in an attempt to woo back his stewardess girlfriend. 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 and Striker's vengeful former Air Force captain, who must both talk him down.

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  1. Jerry Zucker

    Author, Director

  2. David Zucker

    Author, Director

  3. Jim Abrahams

    Author, Director

Top Billed Cast

  1. Robert Hays

    Robert Hays

    Ted Striker

  2. Julie Hagerty

    Julie Hagerty


  3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


  4. Lloyd Bridges

    Lloyd Bridges


  5. Peter Graves

    Peter Graves

    Captain Oveur

  6. Leslie Nielsen

    Leslie Nielsen

    Dr. Rumack

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 28m

Budget $3,500,000.00

Revenue $83,453,539.00

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Release Information

  • July 2, 1980
    PG, Theatrical



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