Airplane! (1980)



Critic Consensus: Though unabashedly juvenile and silly, Airplane! is nevertheless an uproarious spoof comedy full of quotable lines and slapstick gags that endure to this day.

Movie Info

This spoof of the Airport series of disaster movies relies on ridiculous sight gags, groan-inducing dialogue, and deadpan acting -- a comedy style that would be imitated for the next 20 years. Airplane! pulls out all the clichés as alcoholic pilot Ted Striker (Robert Hays), who's developed a fear of flying due to wartime trauma, boards a jumbo jet in an attempt to woo back his stewardess girlfriend (Julie Hagerty). Food poisoning decimates the passengers and crew, leaving it up to Striker to … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
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On DVD: Oct 24, 2000
Paramount Pictures


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as McCroskey

as Dr. Rumack

as Capt. Oveur

as Rex Kramer

as Lt. Hurwitz

as Religious Zealot #6

as Victor Basta

as Gunderson

as Mrs. Davis

as Japanese General

as Paul Carey

as Air Controller Neuba...

as Mrs. Hammen

as Windshield Wiper Man

as Man in Taxi

as Security Lady

as Airport Steward

as First Jive Dude

as Mrs. Geline

as Religious Zealot #1

as Newscaster

as First Krishna

as Religious Zealot #2

as Cocaine Lady

as Shirley

as Handing Lady

as Reporter #2

as Soldier

as Mr. Hammen

as Religious Zealot #4

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as Religious Zealot #5

as Mrs. Kramer

as Jack Kirkpatrick

as Lisa Davis

as Second Jive Dude

as Dr. Brody

as Mrs. Jaffe

as Make-Up Lady

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Critic Reviews for Airplane!

All Critics (58) | Top Critics (8)

Airplane! is a splendidly tacky, totally tasteless, completely insignificant flight, a gooney bird of a movie that looks as if it could never get off the ground and then surprises and delights with its free-spirited aerobatics.

Full Review… | June 8, 2015
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, who share both writing and directorial credits, become so desperate for laughs that the jokes descend to a much cruder level.

Full Review… | April 7, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The gags aren't exactly clever, but there are a lot of them, and the cutting finds a fast, effective tempo.

Full Review… | April 1, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The fact that the movie doesn't work as well today as it did in 1980 in no way diminishes its importance in recent motion picture history.

Full Review… | April 1, 2008
Top Critic

From the clever Jaws take-off opening to the final, irreverent title card, laughs come thick and fast.

Full Review… | April 1, 2008
Top Critic

Psycho ground controllers (Stack and Bridges), laff-a-second pace, and bludgeoning innuendo make this the acceptable face of the locker-room satire.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Airplane!


Its slapstick gags and jokes are essential in cinematic comedy. Airplane! offers the outrageous and unapologetic humor that transcended throughout the 1980s. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


The 20-30 minute mark is a little rough, but everything else is comedic gold.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer


ZAZ team show that cinema, it's not just telling stories, but too, criative, popular, extreme funny gags, visual or not, that never will get old, it doesn't matter in what year was written or how many times was heard. Withou forget the brillant and unforgettable hilarious performance of Leslie Nielsen, 'the Oliver of Spoofs'. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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