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Airplane! (1980)

PG | | Comedy | 2 July 1980 (USA)
A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.

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Storyline

Still craving for the love of his life, Ted Striker follows Elaine onto the flight that she is working on as a member of the cabin crew. Elaine doesn't want to be with Ted anymore, but when the crew and passengers fall ill from food poisoning, all eyes are on Ted. Written by FilmFanUk

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Taglines:

The Plane's going to Chicago. The Pilot's going to New York. The Passengers are going to Pieces! See more »

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2 July 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kentucky Fried Airplane  »

Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$83,400,000 (USA)
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(Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

For the famous scene of the 747 crashing through the large windows inside the terminal, producer Jon Davison mentions (in the DVD extras) that after the movie, he received numerous letters from various pilots telling him that they have come very close to re-enacting that very scene in real life, with some pilots admitting that they had come so close as to touch the glass with the noses of their airplanes. See more »

Goofs

In the disco bar scene, the bum that gets stabbed in the back can be seen wearing protective padding that sticks out of his clothes. Also, tears in his jacket from previous takes are visible. See more »

Quotes

Rex Kramer: [talking to Steve McCroskey] Our only hope is to build this man up. We gotta give him all the confidence we can.
[to Striker]
Rex Kramer: Striker, have you ever flown a multi-engine plane before?
Ted Striker: No, never.
Rex Kramer: [to McCroskey, with the microphone still on] Shit! This is a God damn waste of time! There's no way he can land this plane!
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Crazy Credits

Generally in charge of a lot of things ... Mike Finnell See more »

Connections

Referenced in Summer Rental (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

1812 Overture
(uncredited)
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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User Reviews

 
The funniest movie ever? Yes
6 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Very rarely does a film come out that is as truly brilliant as Airplane. It has everything that a comedy should have. The cast is fantastic, the jokes hilarious and almost constant.

One of the best things about Airplane that I have found is that the jokes are not all obvious, and because of this it has far more re-watchability than most comedies, as every time you watch it you pick up on more of the subtler jokes and background sight gags.

It is a film that manages to cater for almost all tastes in humour, from dry wit to slapstick via spoofery and dark humour. If you haven't seen this film you MUST watch it. This is one of those few films that everybody can enjoy. It's fairly rare to find a comedy the whole family can enjoy, most are either unsuitable for children or too childish for adults, but Airplane manages to find that balance where all ages can enjoy it.

In conclusion, if you have yet to see this film, watch it. If you have seen it, watch it again.


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