Airplane!

Airplane!

Director: Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, David Zucker Cast: Robert Hays
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Airplane! 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Featuring an all-star cast and a writing/directing staff second to none, Airplane!, a spoof on the Airport series of the 1970s (as well as several other 70’s disaster flicks), is without doubt the funniest movie ever made. Ted Striker (Robert Hays) still suffers from war flashbacks and is scared to fly as a result. However, he is willing to fly to make sure that his girlfriend, Elaine (Julie Hagarty), a stewardess, does not leave him. All (well not quite all) is well until, mid-flight, the captain and crew suffer from food poisoning, leaving only Striker (and the auto-pilot) to fly the plane. The flight continues with one hilarious disaster after another, but the movie also takes time to introduce us to the passengers. From the singing nun to the “Jive Dudes,” every person on the plane has a new, interesting, and side-splitting story. And of course, no comedy is complete without a little deadpan humor from Lloyd Bridges (“I picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue”) and Leslie Nielson (“It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now”) – and Airplane! is chock full of it. This movie probably has the best collection of deadpan humor of any ever made; almost every character gets in on it. Also starring are Peter Graves as the perverse Captain Oveur, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the captain’s right-hand man Murdock, and Robert Stack as control tower operator Kramer, as well as a small role (the Jive Lady) by Barbara Billingsley (Leave it to Beaver). As far as the production staff goes, well, there’s just none better. Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker, the three-man team consisting of Jerry and David Zucker and Jim Abrahams, had begun their careers only a few years prior to the making of Airplane! with Kentucky Fried Movie. It was Airplane!, however, that caused their careers to soar. Afterwards, the team brought us the Naked Gun series, Top Secret!, and Ruthless People before going their separate ways. All three went on to successful post-ZAZ careers… David Zucker most recently directed Scary Movie 3, Abrahams found success with the Hot Shots duo, and Jerry Zucker recently competed the remake of It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World titled Rat Race. Needless to say, there was enormous creative talent on the staff, as well as the cast, which led to the success of Airplane!. Is there one funnier? Will there ever be one funnier? See the movie and learn for yourself that the answer is most definitely “no!”
Guest More than 1 year ago
With America still licking its wounds from the Vietnam war, runaway inflation, aatronomical unemployment, and a seemingly interminable hostage crisis, 1980 was definitely a year in which America needed some comic relief, and the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker directorial trio DELIVERED! Starting with the Jaws parody and ending with the disgruntled taxi passenger still waiting for his cab ride ('I'll give him another twenty minutes, but that's it!'), Airplane! delivers an unending succession of hysterical one- liners, memorable sight gags, and slapstick comedy unmatched in any comedy film before or since. Robert Hays stars as the war-tempered Ted Striker, who pursues his lost love Elaine Dickinson (played by Julie Hagerty) but ends up conquering his fear of flying by flying a plane headed for certain doom and making 'one of the lousiest landings in the history of this airport.' Particularly memorable are 1950s icon Barbara Billingsley playing the role of 'Jive translator' and air traffic controller Steve McCroskey's (Lloyd Bridges' ) running 'I picked the wrong week to quit (drinking, smoking, etc.)' gag. This movie is to comedy what Shakespeare's Hamlet is to drama!
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So many jokes...so litte time... a lot of laughs . This movie will make you laugh and laugh after the end with many gags like the air israel , the eggs , 'Grown man naked' question and Kareem Abdul Jabar . He is the only basketball player that knows how to act . If you want to laugh your butt off , go see airplane!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Airplane is the Funniest Movie ever made, the dialouge, the sight gags, eveything is funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very funny movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This film has not stood the test of time. It still has some amusing moments but for the most part it is silly, dumb, or ho-hum. I wondered what I saw in it to begin with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Airplane! is one of the best movies i have ever watched of all time. At parts i laughed so hard that i almost choked. I thought the Air-Israel joke was classic, but i DO NOT RECOMEND AIRPLANE! 2. Peace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was chessy but the nudity was unnessecary. All the rest was funny like at the beginning with the spoof of jaws was hilarious.