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  • 1980
  • PG
  • 88min
  • 97%
  • 7.8 / 10

Airplane! focuses on a doomed passenger plane full of people afflicted with a horrible sickness. And it falls into the hands of an ex-pilot, now deathly afraid of flying and haunted by past memories from his time in the military, to take control of the situation and guide the plane to safety, or everyone onboard is surely going to die.

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Airplane! is a hilarious satirical take on the popular disaster movie genre. The movie makes use of numerous puns and slapstick humor, satirizing every aspect of the typical approach to such a disaster film setting. The characters are played to the goofiest extreme, exhibiting hilarious incompetence and cliché motives and backstories poking fun at their overuse in the genre and films in general. The audience is treated to the typical trappings of a disaster movie, coupled with the fun knowledge that it's all just a vehicle for fantastical humor and antics. The Zucker Brothers became known for their unique satirical comedy stylings with movies like Top Secret, Rat Race, and the Naked Gun series, with Airplane! being one of their very first and most beloved films. The movie has been lauded over the years as one of the best comedy movies ever made and is frequently featured on lists of the best movies of all time. It has been officially inducted into the US National Film Registry at the Library of Congress for preservation as a creative work of great cultural and historical significance, one of the highest honors a film can achieve.


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Airplane! is a 1980 American comedy disaster film written and directed by the famed comedy filmmakers, the Zucker Brothers, David, and Jerry Zucker, along with Jim Abrahams. It was produced by Jon Davison and stars Robert Hays, Julia Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Lloyd Bridges, and Robert Stack, as well as NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The movie's production and distribution were handled by Paramount Pictures, with a budget of $3.5 million, and earning $130 million in its theatrical run, making it a significant financial success for the studio. The movie has also gone on to be a massive critical success, being held as one of the best and funniest films of all time.