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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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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)  »

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Kentucky Fried Airplane  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

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$83,400,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Captain Oveur asks the young boy if he'd ever seen the inside of a cockpit before, it's not the original line which was ultimately deemed to be too risqué. (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker originally wanted the line to be "Have you ever seen a grown man's cock?") See more »

Goofs

Ted flips a switch after saying, "This must turn on the landing lights," and puts the plane into a nosedive, but the shot showing him turning the switch off is obviously on the radio as it has markings of "FREQ" (frequency) and "KC" (kilocycles). Flipping a switch on a radio won't send a plane into a nosedive. See more »

Quotes

Steve McCroskey: [talking to Rex Kramer] Ease off, Rex. He hasn't flown for years; it's not his fault. It could happen to any pilot.
Johnny: It happened to Barbara Stanwyck.
Steve McCroskey: Can't push him too hard; he might break. You gotta remember who you're dealing with.
Johnny: Nick! Heath! Jared! There's a fire in the barn!
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Crazy Credits

Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" is while music credits are onscreen, but is not credited. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Tom Brady/Beck (2005) See more »

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1812 Overture
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Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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15 August 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is my understanding that there are still a few people in the world that haven't seen "Airplane!" yet.

Those people probably are still waiting for electricity, indoor plumbing and all the other great advances in humanity, too.

To see "Airplane!" is to take part in the great move to subvert all self-importance in movies, which this film does with great relish (and plenty of corn).

You get a chance to see such "serious" actors as Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack and Leslie Nielsen subvert themselves and their own personnae into near oblivion thanks to the writing/directing team of Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker. Not to mention visual and verbal send-ups of darn near every movie that ever took place in the air, and a few that didn't, but should have.

Kudos to Leslie Nielsen, who with this movie gave himself the greatest reinvention of any actor this century. At one time, he was the very model of stoic sensibility.

I swear. Seriously.

A looooong time ago.

Ten stars. A laugh riot.

And I STILL think this would make a great in-flight movie.


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