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The persons and events in this film are fictitious - fortunately! A mast erpiece of off-the-wall comedy, Airplane! features Robert Ha ys as an ex -fighter pilot forced to take over the controls of an airliner when the flight crew succumbs to food poisoning; Julie Hag erty as his girlfriend /stewardess/co-pilot; and a cast of all-stars including Robert Stack, Ll oyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Leslie Niel sen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar... and m ore. Their hilarious high jinks spoof airplane disaster flicks, religiou s zealots, television comme rcials, romantic love... the list whirls by in rapid succession. And the story races from one moment of zany fun to the next.]]>
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This movie is based (loosely) on the movie "Zero Hour."
If you want to have a real laugh:
1 Buy "Airplane" and "Zero Hour"
2 Get a bunch of your friends together for "movie fun," and a bunch of food & drink.
3 Watch "Airplane" first.
4 Then watch "Zero Hour" so all your friends can laugh at the EXTREME DRAMA!
You must watch "Airplane" first, or you won't get how funny "Zero Hour" is.
Most of the "gags" in "Airplane," are plays on the drama of "Zero Hour." "Zero Hour" was supposed to be a good dramatic movie. Well they screwed that up! Now we get to enjoy "Zero Hour" as a comedy, because it never qualified as a drama, well a "good" drama.
At this writing: "Zero Hour" is $99 on Amazon sold as a single DVD.
Or you can get it for $24.98 (Prime) as part of:
Cult Camp Classics 3: Terrorized Travelers (Hot Rods to Hell / Skyjacked / Zero Hour!)
so hard I was actually in pain.
A brilliantly funny spin on disaster movies in general, airplane disaster movies more
specifically and specifically a serious 1950s B-movie called 'Zero Hour'. Indeed,
whole chunks of this are taken from 'Zero Hour almost verbatim, but just played
with the right warped sensibility to make you realize how funny all those all
cliches can be.
Full of amazing comic performances, including many by actors who had always been
thought of much more as serious dramatic actors (Lloyd Bridges, Leslie Nielsen)
clearly having the time of their lives.
So many memorable bits and moments it's hard to even start counting them all.
If you haven't seen this yet you really, really owe it to yourself to finally get to it.
It's too bad that more purely fun movies like Airplane aren't made today.
I've always enjoyed Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker comedy. Other films that come to mind: Kentucky Fried Movie (their first endeavor from their days at University of Wisconsin), Top Secret, and of course Police Squad!.
This film is a delightful, slapstick parody of airplane disaster movies (the plot line is actually based upon a 1957 move "Zero Hour!" and other disaster films, such as "Airport 1975").
The plot centers around a routine passenger flight in which crew and passengers find themselves succumbing to food poisoning, leaving no one but Robert Hays, a traumatized (supposedly World War II) fighter pilot who must overcome his fear and fly the craft.
The film sports a top notch cast including a singing Nun played by Maureen McGovern (who also sang the theme to "The Towering Inferno" and "The Poseidon Adventure"), and was Leslie Nielsen's first comedic role.