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Airplane! [1980] (1 disc)
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Director:David Zucker
Jerry Zucker
Jim Abrahams
Writer:David Zucker
Jerry Zucker
Jim Abrahams
Composer:Elmer Bernstein
Length:87 minutes
(1 hour 27 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:April Fools
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:100%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Stryker ends up on a doomed flight and must overcome his fear of flying, his drinking problem and a tremendous overabundance of puns and sight gags.


Reaction: A pretty basic plot but the real point here is the sheer number of gags being thrown up on the screen.


Personal Rating: 6/10


Highlights
"It's an entirely different kind of flyng, altogether."
"It's an entirely different kind of flying."

Select Cast and Crew
David Zucker => Director / Writer / Ground crewman #2
Jerry Zucker => Director / Writer / Ground crewman #1
Jim Abrahams => Director / Writer / Religious zealot #6
Elmer Bernstein => Composer
Al White => Second Jive Dude
Barbara Billingsley => Jive Lady
Barbara Mallory => Religious zealot #2
David Leisure => First Krishna
Ethel Merman => Lieutenant Hurwitz
Frank Ashmore => Victor Basta
Gregory Itzin => Religious zealot #1
Howard Honig => Jack
James Hong => Japanese general
Julie Hagerty => Elaine
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar => Roger Murdock (as Kareem Abdul-Jabaar)
Leslie Nielsen => Dr. Rumack
Lloyd Bridges => McCroskey
Lorna Patterson => Randy
Norman Alexander Gibbs => First Jive dude
Peter Graves => Captain Oveur
Robert Hays => Ted Striker
Robert Stack => Rex Kramer
Zachary Lewis => Religious zealot #3

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • In a 2008 interview on [The Today Show], Kareem Abdul-Jabbar told the story of being on a European flight and asked to sit in an empty seat in the cockpit during takeoff so the crew could say they flew with Roger Murdoch.
  • In a 2008 interview on the Today Show, Peter Graves said he was initially insulted and offended by the script for Airplane!, but was convinced by friends and colleagues to do the movie.
  • 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.
  • Otto, the automatic pilot, ultimately disintegrated after spending several years in Jerry Zucker's garage.
  • In the Italian version, the talk between the two black passengers was dubbed in Neapolitan dialect.
  • According to Jim Abrahams and the Zuckers on the DVD commentary, the film was originally written to be a "movie within a movie" for a sequel to The Kentucky Fried Movie, but when the movie was aborted, they expanded the story to this full-length feature.
  • Final film of Ethel Merman.
  • The film is mostly a parody of Zero Hour!, a film that had a main character named Ted Stryker and such famous "not meant to be funny" lines like "We have to find someone who can not only fly this plane, but who didn't have fish for dinner."
  • All the exterior shots of the plane while flying use a sound track of a propeller plane although it is a jet because the studio would not let the producers use a propeller plane in the movie.
  • The film's title in Argentina was And where is the pilot? (in Spanish: ¿Y donde está el piloto?)