Airplane! Movie Review 1980

Information and Film Reviews for Airplane! the Movie

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Classic lampoon of disaster flicks is stupid but funny and launched a bevy wanna-be spoofs. Former pilot Ted Striker (Hays), who's lost both his stewardess girlfriend Elaine (Hagerty) and his nerve, takes over the controls of a jet when the crew is hit with food poisoning. The passengers become increasingly crazed and ground support more surreal as our hero struggles to land the plane. Clever, fast-paced, and very funny parody mangles every Hollywood cliche within reach. The gags are so furiously paced that when one bombs it's hardly noticeable. Launched Nielsen's second career as a comic actor. And it ain't over till it's over: don't miss the amusing final credits. Followed by "Airplane 2: The Sequel."


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 88 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Satire & Parody, Airborne, Sex on the Beach, Genre Spoofs, Top Grossing Films of 1980, Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker, Stewardesses
Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker
Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Robert Stack, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Leslie Nielsen, Stephen Stucker, Ethel Merman, Barbara Billingsley, Lorna Patterson, Joyce Bulifant, James Hong, Maureen McGovern, Jimmie Walker
Joseph Biroc
Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker
Elmer Bernstein
Jr. Howard W. Koch


Writers Guild 1980: Adapt. Screenplay.

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