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This spoof of the Airport series of disaster movies relies on ridiculous sight gags, groan-inducing dialogue, and deadpan acting -- a comedy style that would be imitated for the next 20 years. Airplane! pulls out all the clichés as alcoholic pilot Ted Striker (Robert Hays), who's developed a fear of flying due to wartime trauma, boards a jumbo jet in an attempt to woo back his stewardess girlfriend (Julie Hagerty). Food poisoning decimates the passengers and crew, leaving it up to Striker to land the plane, with the help of a glue-sniffing air traffic controller (Lloyd Bridges) and Striker's vengeful former captain (Robert Stack), who must both talk him down. Along the way, we meet a clutch of stock disaster movie passengers like the guitar-strumming nun, a sick little girl, a frightened old lady, and two African-American travelers whose "jive" has to be subtitled. Leslie Nielsen portrays the plane's doctor, launching a new phase of the actor's career that carried him through the next two decades in several similarly comedic roles. The trio of directors Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, and David Zucker responsible for the film would eventually go on to solo careers, but not before making Top Secret! and Ruthless People. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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Grouped Work ID9ad575bb-0d9b-ad97-89ea-219c377c9a5a
Grouping Titleairplane
Grouping Authorparamount pictures
Grouping Categorymovie
Last Grouping Update2019-12-05 23:30:48PM
Last Indexed2019-12-07 02:55:27AM

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auth_author2Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem, 1947-
Abrahams, Jim, 1944-
Bernstein, Elmer,
Bridges, Lloyd.
Davison, Jon, 1949 July 21-
Graves, Peter, 1926-2010.
Hagerty, Julie,
Hagerty, Julie.
Hays, Robert, 1947-
Koch, Howard W., 1945-
Nielsen, Leslie, 1926-2010,
Nielsen, Leslie, 1926-2010.
Patterson, Lorna, 1956-
Stack, Robert, 1919-2003,
Stack, Robert, 1919-2003.
Stucker, Stephen.
Zucker, David, 1947-
Zucker, Jerry,
Zucker, Jerry.
author2-roleAbdul-Jabbar, Kareem,1947-
Abrahams, Jim,1944-
Abrahams, Jim,1944-screenwriter,director.
Bernstein, Elmer,composer.
Bridges, Lloyd.
Davison, Jon,1949 July 21-
Graves, Peter,1926-2010.
Hagerty, Julie,actor.
Hagerty, Julie.
Hays, Robert,1947-
Hays, Robert,1947-actor.
Koch, Howard W.,1945-
Nielsen, Leslie,1926-2010,actor.
Nielsen, Leslie,1926-2010.
Paramount Home Entertainment (Firm)
Paramount Pictures Corporation.
Patterson, Lorna,1956-
Stack, Robert,1919-2003,actor.
Stack, Robert,1919-2003.
Stucker, Stephen.
Zucker, David,1947-
Zucker, David,1947-screenwriter,director.
Zucker, Jerry,screenwriter,director.
Zucker, Jerry.
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display_descriptionIn this spoof of disaster movies, Ted Striker, an ex-Navy pilot, just got dumped by his long-time girlfriend Elaine Dickinson, who works as a stewardess. In his wish to get her back, he follows her aboard a plane, although he has had a deep aversion against anything winged since he lost several men in the war. During flight, he tries to make up with her again and again, but a crisis looms as the crew and many passengers get seriously ill due to a bad fish meal. Now, it is up to him to land the airplane safely, before the poisoning starts causing casualties. But Ted Striker's aversion to piloting is a serious psychosis, which breaks open and needs to be cured--right now.
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seriesWidescreen DVD collection
series_with_volumeWidescreen DVD collection|
subject_facetAir pilots -- Drama
Aviadores -- Teatro
Comedy films
Disaster films
Disaster films -- Parodies, imitations, etc
Feature films
Feature films -- United States
Fiction films
Flight attendants -- Drama
Neurosis de guerra -- Pacientes -- Teatro
Parodies (Literature)
Parodies, imitations, etc
Parody films
Video recordings
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
War neuroses -- Patients -- Drama
title_fullAirplane! [videorecording] / Paramount Pictures presents a Howard W. Koch Production ; produced by Jon Davison ; written for the screen and directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Airplane! [videorecording] / Parmount Pictures presents ; a Howard W. Koch Production ; produced by Jon Davison ; written for the screen and directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
topic_facetAir pilots
Disaster films
Flight attendants
Neurosis de guerra
War neuroses