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Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)

A faulty computer causes a passenger space shuttle to head straight for the Sun. Can Ted Striker save the day and get the shuttle back on track - again?

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Steve McCroskey
... The Judge
... The Sarge
... Bud Kruger
... The Commissioner
... Simon Kurtz
... Captain Clarence Oveur
... Elaine Dickinson
... Ted Striker
... Unger
... Dunn
... Commander Buck Murdock
Stephen Stucker ... Jacobs / Courtroom Clerk
... Dr. Stone
... Witness
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Years have passed since Ted Striker heroically saved many lives by avoiding a plane crash. Working as a test pilot for a new Lunar Shuttle, he gets innocently sent into a mental ward after a crash of the badly constructed, computer-navigated spaceship. When he hears that the exactly same type of shuttle is scheduled for a moon flight soon, he breaks out to hinder the launch. Aboard, Ted finds his ex-ex Elaine Dickinson working as stewardess again and her fiancé Simon, a member of the committee that wants the Mayflower I to be launched. In flight, the ship's computer ROK 9000 takes control, killing the crew. Ted and Elaine manage to switch it off, and now it is up to Ted again to save the passengers' lives - if there only wouldn't be these flashbacks to the war and these people who know Ted and have no faith in his abilities at all. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Just when you thought it safe to go back into the departure lounge. See more »

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10 December 1982 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$27,150,534
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Trivia

The music played during the shuttle launch is from the Nova of Madagon sequence on Battlestar Galactica (1978). The navigator is played by Kent McCord who played Captain Troy on Galactica 1980 (1980). Additionally Lloyd Bridges had played the recurring character of Commander Cain in the original Battlestar Galactica series. See more »

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During the airport security screening, the TV is supposedly displaying what we can see. There are two people in the background (on the TV) but not in the main picture. See more »

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Steve McCroskey: [he hears lots of static on his two-way radio] Striker, you're fading out! Come in. Over.
[more static]
Steve McCroskey: Damn! We lost him!
Controller #1: Could be those sun spots.
Jacobs: Could be your dishwashing detergent.
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Gaffer (What's a Gaffer?) ... Larry Gilhooly See more »

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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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Mission Impossible
Written by Lalo Schifrin
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Airplane II: The Sequel 8/10
23 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

In case we couldn't tell, Ken Finkleman decided to put "The Sequel" in the title. Why, I have no idea, but it gives it somewhat of a muddles sound. Or maybe saying that most of the jokes are repeated from the first movie.

Robert Hays yet again plays Ted Striker, but he doesn't have Elaine (Julie Hagerty). Instead, Simon (Chad Everett) is going to get married to her as soon as they get back from the first commercial flight to the moon, where Elaine is stewerdassing. And what does Ted do? Buy a ticket. And what happens? He has to fly it.

But the controls are out of human hands. A computer, ROK, is driving the ship. It's a not-so-subliminal parody of 2001: A Space Odyseey. And what happens to ROK? He becomes drunk with power and becomes demented. Oh yeah, and there's a crazy person (Sonny Bono) who brought a time bomb onto the ship. And there's a horse.

Hays strikes right on as Striker, and cheery Hagerty outplays everyone. Unfourtanetly, as you watch, you'll be waiting in vain for Leslie Nielsen. Where is he when you need him?

A2TS is still very funny, even though the jokes are used over from the first one (Austin Powers, anyone?). They're played in different ways. More "what is it" and "war is hell" jokes are here, but they're still funny. One setback is the numerous flashbacks which hinder the course of the "plot". I'm not saying they're not funny, but in a run of jokes, it's not necessary. And, it seems like a comedy where they don't know they're in a comedy (the jokes are always funnier that way).

Luckily, Lloyd Bridges reprises his role as Steve McCroskey, the vice-driven commander. And Rip Torn makes a miniscule appearance. How could we forget Stephen Stucket, the delightfully quirky Jacobs (Johnny in the first) who can lighten up any dank situation.

So, it's still funny (even if it reuses jokes), it's got Sonny Bono, and it's got Raymond Burr on the other side of the courtroom in a flashback.

My rating: 8/10

Rated PG for nudity, language, and comic violence.


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