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Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, David Zucker

Jerry Zucker [6]


Born:March 11, 1950 (71)
Filmography Rating:7.10 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.30 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.37 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:81.84%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Airplane! [1980](30) => Director / Writer / Ground crewman #1
Police Squad! [1982](32) => Director
Top Secret! [1984](34) => Director / Writer
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad [1988](38) => Writer
Ghost [1990](40) => Director
First Knight [1995](45) => Director

Trivia that mentions this person:
Airplane! [1980]
  • Otto, the automatic pilot, ultimately disintegrated after spending several years in Jerry Zucker's garage.
  • 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.
    Ghost [1990]
  • When it came time to cast the film, writer Bruce Joel Rubin suggested Patrick Swayze for the role of Sam Wheat. Director Jerry Zucker felt that Swayze was completely wrong for the part. Many actors that included Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Kevin Bacon, Al Pacino, Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin were all offered the part but all turned it down feeling that playing a ghost would be cheesy. Zucker then decided to audition Swayze though he thought he would blow the audition. To Zucker's surprise, Swayze did a great audition and he was cast immediately in the part.
  • Jerry Zucker described the effect he wanted when Sam passes through walls by dipping a napkin in coffee.
    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.