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Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, David Zucker

David Zucker [7]


Born:October 16, 1947 (74)
Filmography Rating:7.24 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.30 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.44 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:78.40%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Airplane! [1980](33) => Director / Writer / Ground crewman #2
Police Squad! [1982](35) => Director
Top Secret! [1984](37) => Director / Writer
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad [1988](41) => Director / Writer
Naked Gun Triple Feature [1988](41) => Director
The Naked Gun 2: The Smell of Fear [1991](44) => Director / Writer / Davy Crockett
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult [1994](47) => Writer / Teleprompter Guy

Trivia that mentions this person:
Airplane! [1980]
  • To get the film green-lighted by Paramount, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker pitched it as "Animal House on a plane"--which, of course, was far from the truth, but the only way they could get the studio execs to understand it was a zany comedy.
    Airplane II: the Sequel [1982]
  • The Zucker/Abrahams directing trio (Jerry Zucker, David Zucker & Jim Abrahams) claim (on the audio commentary on the DVD release of Airplane!) never to have seen this film. They initially agreed to a sequel and then balked at the idea at a later date. The movie went ahead without their permission and despite their protests - thus, they refused to watch a single frame of it upon its release - and still haven't over 20 years later.
    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad [1988]
  • According to David Zucker in the DVD commentary, the studio insisted on the casting of an Oscar winner in one of the major roles. This led to the casting of George Kennedy, who had been actively campaigning for the role of Ed Hocken for months, saying that he was furious at having missed his chance to spoof himself in the movie Airplane!.
    Police Squad! [1982]
  • ABC wanted the show to have a laugh track, but Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, and David Zucker wouldn't give in.
    Top Secret! [1984]
  • The scene in which Lucy Gutteridge looks down from the balcony onto the street to see hamsters and mice was in fact a miniature from Superman. The Zucker Brothers (Jerry Zucker and David Zucker) and Jim Abrahams stated in their DVD commentary that they found it in the old Shepperton studios and thought it would be a great idea to use it somewhere in the movie.