Published October 16, 2013


Film info

  • Title Airplane!
  • Directors Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
  • Year 1980
  • Run time 1hr 28m
  • Genre Comedy
  • Tagline What's slower than a speeding bullet, and able to hit tall buildings at a single bound?

Robert Hays is an ex-fighter pilot forced to take over the controls of an airliner when the flight crew succumbs to food poisoning, Julie Hagerty as his girlfriend/stewardess/co-pilot, and a cast of all-stars including Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar... and more! Their hilarious high jinks spoof airplane disaster flicks, religious zealots, television commercials, romantic love... the list whirls by in rapid succession.

Fast Facts

Title: Airplane! Director: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker Year: 1980 Run time: 1 hr 28 mins

Background Info

This is right up there as one of those that people love, and therefore terrifies me. I don’t always like the films that are cult classics, and Airplane! is definitely one of those. I’m vaguely aware of it, through the “don’t call me Shirley” line, but I don’t really know much of the plots or any other jokes.

Live Blog

1:25 - Epic use of drop shadow on that text. Love ye olde text graphics. 4:35 - You would think a pilot would stop before the window, even if the glo-sticks say otherwise! 8:47 - Love the idea of the plane having a bonnet. 12:15 - Golly! 14:10 - “We have clearance, Clarence.” 22:05 - What is surprising me is the references to films that I didn’t realise were that old! 30:30 - The airplane rumble they’ve got going on sounds more like bees than a plane. 34:12 - Elephant! 35:57 - I wouldn’t like that kind of drinking problem. Messy! 38:21 - “A hospital, what is it?” 41:42 - Those fish skeletons are like out of comics or something. 42:50 - The automatic pilot is my favourite bit so far. 45:42 - Seems so weird they could smoke on planes. 47:07 - “By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?” 50:19 - The “surely” line is less impressive in real life, it’s much better as a concept. 55:26 - No frills airlines haven’t changed then! 1:03:56 - What else can he have picked the wrong week to quit? 1:14:34 - The fancy flotation device is fun. 1:15:29 - I’m sure that stewardess is getting more and more hair each scene. 1:18:14 - The runway bobbing around is like Krypton Factor simulations. 1:20:29 - They didn’t need their crash positions after all then. 1:24:58 - Otto the Autopilot.


Thankfully, it was good. Funnier than I had thought it would be, and a bit shocking in places I really wasn’t expecting. I’m glad it was short because I don’t think they could have sustained it for much longer than the ninety minutes but having said that, there was a lot in there that I can see has been referenced in other things. So in that sense, it was packed! I do think Otto should have had his own spin-off show though.

**Rating: **3/5

Rating: 3 / 5

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