Airplane!

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

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This spoof comedy takes shots at the slew of disaster movies that were released in the 70s. When the passengers and crew of a jet are incapacitated due to food poisoning, a rogue pilot with a drinking problem must cooperate with his ex-girlfriend turned stewardess to bring the plane to a safe landing.

Cast & Crew

Robert Hays
Ted Striker
Julie Hagerty
Elaine Dickinson
Peter Graves
Captain Clarence Oveur
Robert Stack
Captain Rex Kramer
Lloyd Bridges
Steve McCroskey
Kareem Abdul-Jabaar
Roger Murdoch
Leslie Nielsen
Doctor Rumack
Jim Abrahams
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Howard W. Koch
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Hunt Lowry
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Critic Reviews for Airplane!

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (2)

  • The popcorn will probably stick with you longer than this silly saga but, if you need a few belly laughs, get a boarding pass. Airplane is the ultimate take-off.

    April 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The level of humor is not always consistent, but the filmmakers have thrown almost everything in with a shotgun approach and the routines work more often than not.

    July 3, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The really great thing about Airplane! is that the jokes undercut your expectations so deftly.

    June 8, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    June 8, 2015 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 7, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Surely as good as modern comedy gets?...and don't call me Shirley.

    April 1, 2008 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Airplane!

  • Apr 15, 2018
    The sense of humor is juvenile to the point of getting unfunny and even ridiculous sometimes, with some (actually many) of the gags falling completely flat, but at least this insane parody has a lot of inspired moments and numerous delicious references that compensate for all that.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2015
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2014
    The 20-30 minute mark is a little rough, but everything else is comedic gold.
    Liam G Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2014
    The reason for it's continued popularity is the easily quotable dialogue, and while the constant quoting of it for over 30 years may have inadvertently robbed the film of some of its comedic impact, the sophomoric absurdity always entertains me and the spoof material still works because much of what its mocking is genre cliches instead of just making references (although its worth noting that some of the reference humor here is pretty inspired).
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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