Airplane!

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Paramount Pictures Released 1980

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Director:
Jim Abrahams , David Zucker , Jerry Zucker
Released:
1980
Rating:
PG

Airplane! is an American satirical film made in 1980 by Jim Abrahams and David and Jim Zucker for Paramount Pictures. The movie starts Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen and Julie Hagerty and is a spoof of the genre of the "disaster" film. Ted Striker (Hays) is an ex-army pilot with a unique drinking problem and a fear of flying ever since his involvement the war. When the lost love of his life becomes a stewardess (Hagerty), he has no other option but to buy a plane ticket and try to win her back... mid air! But when a serious case of food poison ravages the passengers and pilots there isn't anyone left to fly the plane but Ted! With the help of the bumbling on-board doctor, Dr. Rumack (Nielsen) it's up to the two of them to safely land the plane with as few deaths as possible. A hilarious send up to the thrilling disaster genre, this movie was wildly successful and considered to be in the top funniest movie lists by several notable institutions and publications.

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Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is sophomoric, obvious, predictable, corny, and quite often very funny. And the reason it's funny is frequently because it's sophomoric, predictable, corny, etc. Example: Airpla...

  • 75

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    There are also plenty of background sight gags that often go unnoticed on a first viewing.

  • 75

    Slant Magazine Eric Henderson

    The punchlines come quick and thick, with little foreplay or consideration for anything other than getting a physical reaction from the audience.

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The airport announcers that argued over the white and red zones were voiced by the real life married couple who made the announcements at Los Angeles International Airport.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Elaine Dickinson: There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows hot to fly a plane?

    • Rumack: You'd better tell the Captain we've got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.
      Elaine Dickinson: A hospital? What is it?
      Rumack: It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now.

    • Rumack: What was it we had for dinner tonight?
      Elaine Dickinson: Well, we had a choice of steak or fish.
      Rumack: Yes, yes, I remember, I had lasagna.

    • Steve McCroskey: Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

    • Rumack: Can you fly this plane, and land it?
      Ted Striker: Surely you can't be serious.
      Rumack: I am serious...and don't call me Shirley.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

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Comedy

Themes

Satire, Cult, Parody & Spoof