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Airplane!

(DVD - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In this spoof of disaster movies, an ex-Navy pilot with a deep aversion to planes finds himself on a flight with an ex-girlfriend he wants to win back. He becomes embroiled in a crisis where the crew and many of the passengers have fallen seriously ill. Now, it is up to him to overcome his fear of flying and land the airplane safely before the poisonings become fatal.
Statement of Responsibility: 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
Title: Airplane!
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Hollywood, CA] : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2006
Edition: Don't call me Shirley ed
Country of Producing Entity: United States
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (87 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1980
Special features: Commentary by producer Jon Davison and writers/directors Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker and David Zucker; Long haul version: includes deleted scenes, interviews, trivia track, theatrical trailer
Contents: Special features: Widescreen version
Commentary by producer Jon Davison and writers/directors Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, David Zucker
Long haul version: Includes deleted scenes, interviews and more
Trivia track
Theatrical trailer
Language English 5.1 surround ; English 2.0 surround ; French mono
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Credits: Director of photography, Joseph Biroc ; editor, Patrick Kennedy ; music, Elmer Bernstein.
Performers: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves.
Summary: In this spoof of disaster movies, an ex-Navy pilot with a deep aversion to planes finds himself on a flight with an ex-girlfriend he wants to win back. He becomes embroiled in a crisis where the crew and many of the passengers have fallen seriously ill. Now, it is up to him to overcome his fear of flying and land the airplane safely before the poisonings become fatal.
Audience: MPAA rating PG
System Details: DVD, NTSC, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 surround, Dolby Digital mono
DVD, NTSC, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 surround, Dolby Digital mono
DVD, NTSC, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 surround, Dolby Digital mono
DVD, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 surround, Dolby Digital mono
Other Language: English or French dialogue with optional English and Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Disaster films Parodies, imitations, etc War neuroses Patients Drama Flight attendants Drama Air pilots Drama Neurosis de guerra Pacientes Teatro. bidex Aviadores Teatro. bidex
Genre/Form: Comedy films
Parody films
Fiction films
Feature films
Feature films-United States
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Disaster films
War neuroses
Flight attendants
Air pilots
Neurosis de guerra
Aviadores
Publisher No: 03090
ISBN: 1415713871
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE A
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Jun 22, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue."

Oct 07, 2013
  • LT rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sooo fun, so silly. Good for a night when you're feeling blue. Small quibble: breasts don't pout. One scene that doesn't date well: when passengers line up to commit various forms of assault on a hysterical woman.

Mar 30, 2013
  • uzebdrumz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You cannot view Airplane! without the context of the seventies indulgence in repeated versions of "airport" disasters. This film is to the genre of disaster films what Spinal Tap is to rockumentary (i.e. the ultimate mockumentary). Airplane! is slapstick sight gags & one liners delivered by actors who generally played much more dramatic roles. It's not sophisticated, but it delivers.

Oct 09, 2012
  • lasertravis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Classic spoof. Inspired too many bad films to count. Normally, spoofs (too numerous to mention all the ones I despise) are what I consider to be the lowest form of comedy, but this one has always held a soft spot in my heart. So many funny lines and situations.

Not as funny as I expected - in fact, not funny at all.

Jan 31, 2012
  • Nutty rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Terrible. I found this movie to be both racist and sexist. I will admit that some parts were funny, but certain scenes that may have been funny in the 80s are no longer socially acceptable. I turned off the movie after the scene where a women is repeatedly beaten with various objects.

Nov 10, 2011
  • Kritter408 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

HILARIOUS!!! Yeah its from the 80's but it is still very very funny!

Oct 12, 2011
  • Dowsee531 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the funniest films ever made. You have to watch it a few times to catch all the jokes.

Aug 29, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"Snakes on a Plane" (or its lesser-known sequel "Snakes on a Plain", set in the plateaus of España, which was less successful than its forbear due to the rather predictable nature of the antagonists presence in the area) owes a great deal to this film, the first in the 'mock the disaster movie genre' genre.

The TV series "Police Squad" came out of this as well, and possibly did better than this, owing to keeping the stories shorter meant that things weren't over-stretched.

Over-all, editing leaves a bit too much room at the ends of moments for reaction shots, but this holding of someone's face is part of the original movies' style, so some allowance must be given. Granted, it could also be that the film-makers are padding things out to get as close as they can to a 90-minute time slot, or are simply leaving time for the audience laughter, but let's try to be generous.

A bit slow at the first, but once the plane gets into the air — figuratively and literally — we're at cruising altitude for some time.

Apparently the loony guy in the airport staff (who offers to use a piece of paper to make a hat, brooch, or Pterodactyl) improvised everything. Incomprehensible.

A classic, and worthwhile watching to learn how satire works when applied to an artistic style.

Jun 14, 2011
  • alihpforev rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

People think this is such a funny movie... but it's not. Scary Movie 3 is funnier than this, in whom also Leslie Nielsen is also in. Although, there are some funny parts and some parts which are really dumb.

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Jan 31, 2012
  • Nutty rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An airplane crew takes ill. Surely the only person capable of landing the plane is an ex-pilot afraid to fly. But don't call him Shirley.

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Jun 14, 2011
  • alihpforev rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Ted Striker: Surely you got to be kidding me.

Leslie Nielsen: Don't call me surely.

Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Steve McCroskey: Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Reporter: What kind of plane is it?
Johnny: Oh, it's a big pretty white plane with red stripes, curtains in the windows and wheels and it looks like a big Tylenol.

Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Rumack: You'd better tell the Captain we've got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.
Elaine Dickinson: A hospital? What is it?
Rumack: It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now.

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Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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