What's Slower Than A Speeding Bullet, And Able To Hit Tall Buildings At A Single Bound?
( Comedy )

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MPAA Rating:

US Runtime: 88 min

Premiere Date:
Jul 02, 1980   [USA]
Directors: Jim Abrahams
David Zucker
Jerry Zucker
Writers: Arthur Hailey   [teleplay Flight Into Danger]   [uncredited]
Arthur Hailey   [screenplay Zero Hour]   [uncredited]
Hall Bartlett   [screenplay Zero Hour]   [uncredited]
John C. Champion   [screenplay Zero Hour]   [uncredited]
Jim Abrahams   [written by]
David Zucker   [written by]
Jerry Zucker   [written by]
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography: Joseph F. Biroc


Julie Hagerty
Elaine Dickinson
Lloyd Bridges
Steven McCrosky
Leslie Nielsen
Dr. Rumack
Robert Stack
Capt. Rex Kramer
Peter Graves
Capt. Clarence Oveur
Lorna Patterson
Stephen Stucker
Johnny Hinshaw
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Roger Murdock
Otto (III)
Jim Abrahams
Religious Zealot #6
Frank Ashmore
Victor Basta
Jonathan Banks
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
Marcy Goldman
Mrs. Geline
Bob Gorman
Striped Controller
Rossie Harris
Joey Hammen
Maurice Hill
Reporter #3
David Hollander
Young Boy with Coffee
James Hong
Japanese General
Howard Honig
Gregory Itzin
Religious Zealot #1
Howard Jarvis
Man in Taxi
Michael Laurence
David Leisure
First Krishna
Barbara Mallory
Religious Zealot #2
Maureen McGovern
Nora Meerbaum
Cocaine Lady
Mary Mercier
Ethel Merman
Len Mooy
Reporter #1
Ann Nelson
Hanging Lady
Laura Nix
Mrs. Hurwitz
Bill Porter
Hospital Contortionist
Conrad E. Palmisano
Religious Zealot #4
Mallory Sandler
L.A. Ticket Agent
Michelle Stacy
Young Girl with Coffee
Robert Starr
Religious Zealot #5
Barbara Stuart
Mrs. Kramer
Lee Terri
Mrs. Linda 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
Jason Wingreen
Dr. Brody, Mayo Clinic
Louise Yaffe
Mrs. Jaffe
Charlotte Zucker
Make-Up Lady
David Zucker
Ground Crewman #1
Jerry Zucker
Ground Crewman #2
Larry Blake
Upside-down Man (uncredited)
Susan Breslau
Ticket Agent (uncredited)
Leslie Hoffman
Passenger in terminal (uncredited)
Kitten Natividad
Woman in Tight Shirt (uncredited)
Dr. Robert Nevin
Other Doctor/Plane Passenger (uncredited)

Special Effects:

Magic Lantern Inc.
visual effects
Motion Pictures Inc.
visual effects
MPI James Shourt & Robert Blalock
title design and production
Robert Keith & Company Inc.
visual effects
Visual Concept Engineering (VCE)
visual effects

Filming Locations: (Now With Clickable Links To Location On Google Maps)


Tech Info:

$3,500,000 (USA)
Panaflex Cameras and Lenses by Panavision
Color Info:
Color (Metrocolor)
Sound Mix:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1
Cinematographic Process:
Film Negative Format:
35 mm
Printed Film Format:
35 mm

Credits Fun:

  • Gripology......Pete Papanickolas
  • Generally in charge of a lot of things......Mike Finnell
  • Author of A Tale of Two Cities......Charles Dickens
  • Foreez......A Jolly Good Fellow
  • Worst Boy......Adolf Hitler
  • In case of tornado......Southwest corner of basement
  • Otto......himself
  • Horse......Windy
  • This motion picture is protected under the laws of the United States and other countries. Unauthorized duplication, distribution, or exhibition may result in civil liability or criminal prosecution. So there.
  • After the end credits there is a scene with the man in the taxi abandoned by Robert Hays in the beginning of the movie looks at his watch and says "Well, I'll give him another twenty minutes, but that's it!"

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