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Airplane! (Don't Call Me Shirley! Edition) (1980)

Robert Hays , Julie Hagerty , Jim Abrahams , David Zucker  |  PG |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (645 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lloyd Bridges
  • Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
  • Writers: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Arthur Hailey, Hall Bartlett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (645 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B5XOWA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,010 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Airplane! (Don't Call Me Shirley! Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Long-haul version: includes deleted scenes, interviews, and more!
  • Trivia track
  • Theatrical trailer

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The persons and events in this film are fictitious - fortunately! A masterpiece of off-the-wall comedy, Airplane! features Robert Hays as 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. And the story races from one moment of zany fun to the next.

Additional Features

The shenanigans continue through the menus and even the printed matter of this second DVD release. A trivia track and commentary are enjoyable, but pretty superfluous if you watch the branching "extended edition." When a TA logo appears on the screen, you can click to one of many interview segments examining the scene. The key subject matter is how little money was used on the project and the inexperience (for better or for worse) of the three directors ("three bodies, one head"). Most of the cast and crew have fond memories of the quick shoot: Leslie Nielsen tells us how his new career path was a conscience decision, a gentlemanly Peter Graves mentions how grateful--if puzzled--he was at the chance to do comedy, and Robert Hays dishes how his car was put into the film. The directing team gleefully shows all their mistakes. The deleted scenes aren't much, but you'll know when seeing one: the flashing words "Deleted Scene" gawkily flashes at the bottom of the screen. Note: there is no easy way to watch just the new material. --Doug Thomas

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209 of 217 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shirley would be pleased December 10, 2005
A clever, funny parody of disaster movies (bad melodramas such as "Zero Hour" and "The High and The Mighty" along with "Airport" were the prime targets here), "Airplane! The `Don't Call Me Shirley' Edition" manages to combine silliness, puns and with topical humor in a style that recalls something out of an alternate off-kilter universe. Filled with melodramatic, over-the-top music, deliberately bad acting and every cliché about plane disasters you can imagine, "Airplane!" aims wildly and accurately most of the time taking the wind out of the sails of bad (and some good ones, too such as "Jaws")movies everywhere. Evidently the writing/directing team of Zucker, Zucker and Abrahams (who wrote "Kentucky Friend Movie" for director John Landis and later went on to crate "The Naked Gun" films) caught "Zero Hour" on TV and realized that this overripe melodrama was just right to be plucked and served up as comedy (something it verged on anyway).

Robert Hays plays Ted Striker(the name of Dana Andrews' character in "Zero Hour!") a former fighter pilot who is now afraid to pilot planes since a disastrous mission years before. Striker books a seat on the flight of his girlfriend Elaine (Julie Hagerty) in hopes of working out their relationship. When the crew and passengers are brought down by food poisoning Ted has to overcome his fears to pilot the plane to safety.

While the film looks very good (and better than its previous edition), I was a bit disappointed by the amount of dirt and debris. I thought that a deluxe edition like this would have a nearly pristine print and that Paramount would have the film digitally cleaned up. Overall the film looks good but could have been tweaked more for this special edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic satire November 9, 2004
Anyone who has ever seen one of a host of abysmal 1970's disaster flicks could have predicted that they were ripe for a satire, but I doubt anyone could have predicted that "Airplane" would have set the gold standard for the spoof. In addition, since it appears on TV so often, seeing it on DVD is almost a new experience because all of the scenes that were cut for content seem like new jokes.

I can't imagine anyone is unfamiliar with the plot (such as it is), but by way of a brief summary, a passenger jet is in trouble when the entire flight crew, and many of the passengers, fall ill from the in flight meal. It's up to Ted Striker to bring down the plane safely; but there's just one problem, he hasn't been able to fly since his last abortive raid during "the war". Oh, and his estranged girlfriend is one of the stewardesses. However, where a disaster film would turn this into an overwrought melodrama, absolutely nothing, and I do mean nothing, is taken seriously in "Airplane".

In fact, it is almost remarkable how much is packed into this film. Literally every scene contains a joke or a sight gag or a double entendre. There's so much going on that in spite of dozens of viewings, I still find something new more often than not. Eve the sound effects are a gag, as all of the exterior shots of the plane (which is a model that is so fake it's hilarious) feature the sound of a prop plane even though it is obviously a jet.

The DVD doesn't have much to recommend it other than the film, but that's to be expected from an older, relatively low budget movie; and those who have seen it would agree, there can't have been much left on the cutting room floor to make up extra features. The image and sound are fine, if not spectacular, but then neither needs to be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Plane Wreck That Is The Shirley Edition! December 17, 2005
Like many fans of this movie, I'd waited for this bells & whistles edition then quickly snapped it up on the first day of rerelease. Well....though it's nice to see this film again, it did come with it's lil' bit o' surprises.

The Print: Most rereleases that I've seen tend to have a newer least one that outshines the previous and doesn't make us feel we're watching an 'OK' print. This one here has a liveable, but still noticeable amount of scratches and mystery objects that appear in the frame. I was expecting a bit better considering this is the day and age of restoration. Here, they didn't seem to do much of, if anything to the print, so we're left with one that is slightly better than a good TV quality picture. Hardly a 'special edition' copy of this film.

Features: I noticed immediately when I played the film alone, that it stopped or sputtered in the framerate at times. I'd stopped counting at about five, but still managed to finish the movie fine despite these annoyances. Well, I come to find out, as others have pointed out, the ballyhoo'd special features are chopped up and mixed into the movie (you enact this in the setup menu). Well, after looking at where these special features popped up when enacted, then going back to watching the same scene with them sputtering I was seeing was exactly where these parts would normally come in. My point being....BEWARE......on some players this will cause a jittery film experiance at times if your just trying to watch it straight thru. My Apex & Koss Players refuse to play the film without these jittery spots, but my Playstation 2's both play the film normally. So just be informed, and keep this in yer back pocket.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie ...
Published 23 hours ago by Lawrence E. Zamparelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Surely, Nielsen's a gag a minute in this spoofy take on disaster flicks. Just don't call him Shirley!
Published 1 day ago by Rachel Rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Who could go wrong with this movie...and don't call me Shirley.
Published 6 days ago by terrygee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great flick
Published 7 days ago by D. Netzly
2.0 out of 5 stars I really tried to like this one but it just wouldn't go for me ...
I really tried to like this one but it just wouldn't go for me too many sexual jokes(which is ok just too many and very unoriginal) but Leslie Nielson did some great acting though
Published 7 days ago by Ben Peters
3.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
This movie is funny from beginning to end. It does require a certain level of immaturity to fully appreciate its obvious and sophomoric comedy.
Published 11 days ago by JACK
4.0 out of 5 stars Hays is a riot
Robert Hays is terrific in this film, along with the stellar cameo cast. Many of the jokes and sight gags are still funny, although some of them are dated, placing the film in its... Read more
Published 13 days ago by R. Helms
5.0 out of 5 stars it's stupid, but is so very
Yeah, it's stupid, but is so very, very funny. Or should I say "surely it's a great movie".
Published 14 days ago by Charles Darwin
4.0 out of 5 stars good movie
This not a movit review, I'm collecting old movies, obviously it's one that I like. Vendor shipped quickly.
Published 18 days ago by Nevada1995
5.0 out of 5 stars funny as ever
Old movie but, funny as ever! Great laughs and great memories too of the actors!
Published 18 days ago by DebbieT
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