An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
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
1970s TV star Jimmie Walker of Good Times fame makes a cameo as the windshield wiper man to whom Captain Oeuver hands his gas card through the cockpit window. Walker had starred in Airport 79: The Concorde just the previous year. That same year, in a chance encounter with producer Howard Koch, Jimmie was asked if wanted to appear in Airplane. Although Walker did not actually take Koch seriously he was indeed contacted by Koch shortly after to play a small walk on role. Koch thought it was a subtle yet humorous inference to Jimmie Walker's career decline in airport disaster films. See more »
During the 747-through-the-window gag, the plane is originally shown to be in period TWA colors, before it is misdirected. However, when it plows through the window, it has the fictional Trans American colors. Most obviously the red stripes now wrap all the way around the nose and the black anti-glare patch is missing from beneath the cockpit windshield. See more »
What's going on? We have a right to know the truth!
[to the passengers]
All right, I'm going to level with you all. But what's most important now is that you remain calm. There is no reason to panic.
[Rumack's nose grows an inch long]
Now, it is true that one of the crew members is ill... slightly ill.
[Rumack's nose continues to grow longer and longer, à la Pinocchio]
But the other two pilots... they're just fine. They're at the controls flying the plane... free to pursue a life of religious ...
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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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