Review: ‘Airplane!’

Airplane! is what they used to call a laff-riot. Made by team which turned out Kentucky Fried Movie, this spoof of disaster features beats any other film for sheer number of comic gags.

Airplane! is what they used to call a laff-riot. Made by team which turned out Kentucky Fried Movie, this spoof of disaster features beats any other film for sheer number of comic gags.

Writer-directors leave no cliche unturned as they lay waste to the Airport-style disaster cycle, among other targets. From the clever Jaws take-off opening to the final, irreverent title card, laughs come thick and fast.

Plot has former pilot Robert Hays, now terrified of flying due to wartime malfeasance, boarding an LA-to-Chicago flight in pursuit of ex-girlfriend stewardess Julie Hagerty.

When flight personnel, including sexually-deviant pilot Peter Graves and co-pilot Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, contract food poisoning on board, Hays is called upon to land the craft safely, an effort not made easier by fact that air controller Lloyd Bridges is completely crazed.

Airplane!

Production

Paramount. Director Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker; Producer Jon Davison; Writer Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker; Camera Joseph Biroc Editor Patrick Kennedy; Music Elmer Bernstein Art Ward Preston

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1980. Running time: 88 MIN.

With

Robert Hays Julie Hagerty Lloyd Bridges Peter Graves Leslie Nielsen Robert Stack

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