|Character driven, rich in dialogue, and sight gags, Airplane! is a work which broke new ground in film comedy.|
|Fast paced and rich in subtleties.|
|From the makers of The Kentucky Fried Movie came the hilarious |
parody of the popular disaster movies of the 1970s and 80s.
|Same plot, different handling.|
|Playing it straight, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, |
Peter Graves, and Leslie Nielsen--not
a comedian amongst the lot of them
| Julie Hagerty's famous line. |
Keep calm and enjoy the chaos.
|Robert Hayes as Ted Stryker, the reluctant hero of the |
movie, literally sweating blood.
|Robert Stack impersonating |
|As Dr. Rumack, Leslie Nielsen's dry humor "carries" the film,|
the main link between virtually all the characters.
Upon its release in July, 1980, the film was an instant hit. It made back its $3.2-million budget its frist weekend in theaters. Overall, it earned more than $83 million at the box office making it the fourth highest-grossing film of 1980. Airplane! was also widely regarded by critics as one of the best films of 1980. A critic termed it "unabashedly juvenile and silly, [yet] an uproarious comedy spoof full of quotable lines and slapstick gags that endure to this day." Roger Ebert wrote, "Airplane! is sophomoric, obvious, predictable, corny, and quite often very funny. And the reason it's funny is frequently because it's sophomoric, predictable, [and]corny.
Airplane! has been selected by Empire magazine as one of The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time. It was also placed on a similar list by The New York Times, a list of The Best 1000 Movies Ever Made. In 2000 the American Film Institute named Airplane! as number ten on its list of the 100 funniest American films. That same year, readers of Total Film voted it the second greatest comedy film of all time. Robert Stack and Lloyd Bridges saw shifts in their public images as a result of their roles in Airplane! Bridges went on to play similar comedic self-parodies in Hot Shots! and Hot Shots! Part Deux along with Mafia!, all films cast in a similar vein as Airplane! Stack took on comedic roles in Caddyshack II, and the lesser-known, Beavis and Butt-head Do America and BASEketball.
In 1982, Airplane II: The Sequel, was released in an attempt to tackle the science fiction genre, while maintaining an emphasis on the general theme of disaster movies. Although most of the cast reunited for the sequel, the writers and directors of Airplane! chose not to be involved. Jim Abrahams, David and Jerry Zucker, claim never to have seen Airplane II, nor to have any desire to see it.
|It's funnier in the film.|