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Airplane!

1980 . Comedy . 1h 28m

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224K total

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About the movie

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The persons and events in this film are fictitious - fortunately! A masterpiece of off-the-wall comedy, Airplane! features Robert Hays as an ex-fighter pilot forced to take over the controls of an airliner when the flight crew succumbs to food poisoning; Julie Hagerty as his girlfriend/stewardess/co-pilot; and a cast of all-stars including Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar... and more. Their hilarious high jinks spoof airplane disaster flicks, religious zealots, television commercials, romantic love... the list whirls by in rapid succession. And the story races from one moment of zany fun to the next.

Actors:

Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lloyd Bridges

Director:

Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

Rated:

PG

Writer:

Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

Language:

English

Release:

02 Jul 1980

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Reviews

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6 months ago

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This is a hilarious film. A lot of play on word jokes, slapstick comedy, sarcastic, and dark humor, but it works. It obviously won't win any Oscars, but if you want to laugh, I highly recommend watching it. Last time I saw it was about 2 years ago, while I was on a flight. The flight attendant, actually stopped to finish watching the scene with me, he was laughing just as loud as me.

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Angelo Clausner

7 months ago

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What's slower than a speeding bullet, and able to hit tall buildings at a single bound? Here it is, my friends. THE satirical comedy of all satirical comedies. Airplane! (1980) is, was, and always will be such. Many would say it is the first satirical comedy. Many would also say, however, it doesn’t make sense. Well, not all comedies, let alone films, have to make sense now, do they? This movie is destined to make you laugh until you cry, whether it be through its impeccable comedic timing, the hilarious jokes cracked by the performers, unexpected flashbacks, one-of-kind screenplay, or legendary spoofing. Think of it as the film version of a MAD magazine. This comedy was not only a huge success when released in 1980 for these reasons alone, mind you. The movie led to an army of imitators, as well as a 1982 sequel and, most importantly of all, solidified the marvelous Leslie Nielsen as “The King of Spoof,” himself having been in more serious films and endeavors such as his role of Commander Adams in Fred M. Wilcox’s Forbidden Planet (1956) prior to starring in Airplane!. However, Nielsen isn’t the only serious actor playing a foreign, non-serious role. Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges and Robert Stack also appear in this powerhouse film. The fact that these serious, dramatic actors can pull off a comedic performances so well is the most fascinating, engaging aspect of this film. The amount of purely hilarious gags injected into this film courtesy of the writing/directing team of David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams is simply astounding, yet impeccably placed making for an absolute laugh RIOT of a film experience. Airplane! is, quite frankly and indisputably, one of the greatest comedy movies of all time, in my opinion. With that being said, i’s also safe to say that there will never be a film quite like it in the future by any means or reasons that I can think of. A marvelous film you surely won’t want to miss, but don’t call me Shirley!

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Dylan Watson image

8 months ago

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A silly, goofy comedy done to perfection which would be impossible to recreate in the era in which everyone allows themselves to be offended at anything which is said. Loved the classic comedic visuals gags along with the controversial yet still enjoyable humour. Looking at modern reviews, people aren’t too happy about the racial prejudice in which it portrays yet it certainly should not be taken seriously as it is 100% definitely a wacky parody

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George Hague image

7 months ago

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Very funny film. A classic. Everyone should watch. They don't make them like they used to.

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Alex Winter

1 year ago

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hee hee hoo hoo!!!!!!! just a fun lighthearted romp

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Dave Milsted

4 months ago

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Funniest movie of all time

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Tanya P image

4 months ago

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"Don't call me Shirley"

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Ben Leggatt

6 months ago

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My all-time favourite movie

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JJ Pancakes image

7 months ago

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A classic in the genre.

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Elliot C image

1 year ago

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Absolute classic.

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