Paramount Pictures Released 1980


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Jim Abrahams , David Zucker , Jerry Zucker

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.



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.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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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Satire, Cult, Parody & Spoof