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Airplane II: the Sequel [1982] (1 disc)

Director:Ken Finkleman
Writer:Ken Finkleman
Composer:Elmer Bernstein
Length:84 minutes
(1 hour 24 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:April Fools
Sorting Category:Comedy
Sorting Tub:Charlie
IMDB Rating:5.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:35%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A commercial flight to the moon is disrupted when computer failure sends them on a course for the sun. Oh, and one of the passengers has a b~. I mean a bomb!

Reaction: Silly and zany may not go far enough to describe this movie. There are gags enough thrown around here to satisfy just about any sense of humor.

Personal Rating: 7/10

"Where am I supposed to find a small piece of metal? ... here? ... in space? ... at this hour?"

Ken Finkleman => Director / Writer / Voice of ROK, the main computer on Lunar Flight (uncredited)
Elmer Bernstein => Composer
Art Fleming => Jeopardy Host
Chad Everett => Simon Kurtz
Chuck Connors => The Sarge
David Leisure => Religious Zealot #1
David Paymer => Court Photographer
Ed Call => Information Agent
Frank Ashmore => Controller #3
George Wendt => Ticket Agent (uncredited)
Hervé Villechaize => Little Breather
Howard Honig => Dave Walters
Jack Jones => Lounge Singer
James A. Watson Jr. => First Officer Dunn
James Noble => Father O'Flanagan
Jim Staahl => International Inquirer Reporter (uncredited)
John Larch => Prosecuting Attorney
John Vernon => Dr. Stone
Julie Hagerty => Elaine Dickinson
Kent McCord => Navigator Dave Unger
Leslie Nielsen => Dr. Rumack (uncredited) (archive footage)
Lloyd Bridges => Steven McCroskey
Louise Sorel => Nurse
Oliver Robins => Jimmy Wilson
Pamela Guest => Woman with Baby (as Pamela Ann Rack)
Pat Sajak => Buffalo Anchorman
Peter Graves => Capt. Clarence Oveur
Raymond Burr => Judge D.C. Simonton
Richard Gilliland => Lt. Pervis
Rick Overton => Clerk
Rip Torn => President Reagan / Bud Kruger
Robert Hays => Ted Striker
Sandy Ward => Defense Attorney
Sonny Bono => Joe Seluchi
Stephen Stucker => Courtroom Clerk / Controller Jacobs
William Shatner => Cdr. Buck Murdock

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The fast repeated electronic bleeping noise, used several times during the movie, is the sound of an Atari home computer loading from a disk drive.
  • William Shatner's character orders a profile on everyone who's seen The Sound of Music more than four times. That film was directed by Robert Wise, who also directed Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which starred William Shatner three years earlier.
  • The theme music used in this movie is from the TV series Battlestar Galactica.
  • The window behind the "Transcendental Air" desk shows the cityscape from Logan's Run.
  • The hanging lady in the first airplane movie reprises her role as the first victim of Striker's anecdotes as the vomiting lady.
  • The music played during the shuttle launch is from the 'Nova of Madagon' sequence in Battlestar Galactica. The navigator is played by Kent McCord who played Captain Troy on Galactica 1980.
  • 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.
  • Sonny Bono's briefcase is covered with stickers from his previous destinations, which are all cities destroyed by bombs: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Pearl Harbor, and Dresden.
  • This film was created with the obligation that its creative team return for a third installment. Expectations were so high that the next film was promised at the end of the credits of this one. When the film was released to mediocre box office plans for Airplane III were cancelled but the ad remains in most prints.
  • At one point Stryker, speaking to William Shatner's character Buck Murdoch, says "Roger, Murdoch..." Roger Murdoch was the co-pilot in the first film played by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.