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Airplane!

September 17, 2013

USA | 1980 | 87 Minutes | Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

There’s no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?

Jokesters and filmmakers David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker (collectively known as ZAZ) hit pay dirt with their high-flying disaster film spoof...and we have been quoting it ever since! When the pilots of a crowded commercial airplane fall ill, it’s up to ex-fighter pilot Ted Striker (Robert Hays) and soft-spoken flight attendant Elaine Dickinson (Julie Hagerty) to land the plane and bring everybody to safety or die trying. From jive-talk translators to embittered PA announcements to singing nuns to the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Ethel Merman cameos, Airplane! is a rapid-fire comedy classic whose influences are still being felt today. And don’t call me Shirley. - Marcus Gorman

Director: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Principal Cast: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Country: USA
Year: 1980
Running Time: 87 Minutes
Format: DCP