The spoof comedy that set the gold standard for all that followed it, AIRPLANE takes shots at the slew of disaster movies that peppered cinemas in the 70s. When the passengers and crew of a jet are incapacitated due to food poisoning, a rogue pilot (who has a drinking problem and is afraid of flying) must cooperate with his ex-girlfriend turned stewardess to bring the plane to a safe landing. No disaster flick cliche is left unroasted, and the musical score itself takes a less than reverent look at overly melodramatic compositions.
Jerry Zucker - Director/Prod./Screenwriter
Jim Abrahams - Screenwriter, SCARY MOVIE 4 (2006)
Robert Stack - American Actor
Julie Hagerty - American actress
Robert Hays - American actor, AIRPLANE
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Basketball Player/Actor
Lew Alcindor - Basketball Player/Actor
Peter Graves - American actor, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (1967)
Peter Aurness - American actor, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (1967)
Cyril O'Reilly - Star, early '80s-late '90s, action thrillers and comedy
David Zucker - Director/Prod./Screenwriter, SCARY MOVIE 4 (2006)
Leslie Nielsen - Actor, AIRPLANE!
Lloyd Bridges - American Actor
A tongue-in-cheek spoof of the disaster genre. A former wartime flight commander has to take control of a jet after every pilot aboard comes down with food poisoning -- even though he's now too scared to fly. The airplane's passengers include a wild assortment of comic loonies.
The plot of this film -- on which the spoof is hung -- is based on a 1957 movie called "Zero Hour!" The film also borrows from the more recent disaster film "Airport." Although this was a low-budget film, it did better than many of the big budget movies of that year. Available to buy in the UK.
"...Jokes -- hilarious jokes -- to spare....Clever and confident and furiously energetic..." - 07/02/1980 New York Times, p.C17
Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1980" - 12/28/1980 New York Times, p.II:15
"...Nonstop comic invention made AIRPLANE! one of the funniest...comedies of our time..." -- Rating: A - 09/16/1994 Entertainment Weekly, pp.126-8
"...Most of the gags hit the mark, and the dialogue's as quotable as ever..." - 03/01/2001 Total Film, p.100
"[A] cornucopia of geeky slapstick, self-referential jokes, and satirical pastiches..." - 12/01/2003 Premiere, p.13
"[T]he contrarian casting of deadpan actors like Leslie Nielsen reinvented careers by making every utterance a punchline." -- Grade: B+ - 12/16/2005 Entertainment Weekly, p.67
Ranked #15 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "You are certain to laugh." - 12/01/2005 Rolling Stone, p.98
5 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ithout doubt one of the funniest movies ever made." - 07/01/2006 Total Film, p.119