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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: PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, German, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Hungarian, Polish, Icelandic, Dutch, Arabic, Finnish, Romanian, Czech, Bulgarian
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar. 2001
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000058E3C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,155 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In this hilarious spoof on disaster films, a former pilot who is terrified of flying due to his wartime foul-ups is forced to take o ver the controls of a plane after the pilots contract food poisoning.

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The quintessential movie spoof that spawned an entire genre of parody films, the original Airplane! still holds up as one of the brightest comedic gems of the 1980s, not to mention of cinema itself (it often tops polls of the funniest movies ever made). The humour may be low and obvious at times, but the jokes keep coming at a rapid-fire clip and its targets--primarily the lesser lights of 1970s cinema, from disco films to star-studded disaster epics--are more than worthy for send-up. If you've seen even one of the overblown Airport movies then you know the plot: the crew of a filled-to-capacity jetliner is wiped out and it's up to a plucky stewardess and a shell-shocked fighter pilot to land the plane. Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty are the heroes who have a history that includes a meet-cute á la Saturday Night Fever, a surf scene right out of From Here to Eternity, a Peace Corps trip to Africa to teach the natives the benefits of Tupperware and basketball, a war-ravaged recovery room with a G.I. who thinks he's Ethel Merman (a hilarious cameo)--and those are just the flashbacks! The jokes gleefully skirt the boundaries of bad taste (pilot Peter Graves to a juvenile cockpit visitor: "Joey, have you ever seen a grown man naked?"), with the high (low?) point being Hagerty's intimate involvement with the blow-up automatic pilot doll, but they'll have you rolling on the floor. The film launched the careers of collaborators Jim Abrahams (Big Business), David Zucker (Ruthless People) and Jerry Zucker (Ghost), as well as revitalising such B-movie actors as Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Robert Stack and Leslie Nielsen, who built a second career on films like this. A vital part of any home film collection. --Mark Englehart, Amazon.com

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
I absolutely love this film - atlhough it is 25 years old and I have lost count of the number of times I have seen it. I know the jokes off by heart but still end up crying with laughter. I have just seen it come in at no 2 of channel 4's 50 greatest comedies and to be quite honest am quite relieved. Up till now I really thought I was alone in my appreciation of this classic. The humour is never ending with hidden jokes that creep up on you in the next scene. The disco scene is excellent, not to mention Leslie Neilson's "don't call me Shirley" lines, the nun's cheery song, the vietnam flashbacks, the hysterical passenger, the haphazard crew at the control tower. The jokes just continue to come in thick and fast and I will never tire of seeing it, I am slightly ashamed to say that some of the quotes will live with me forever!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Aug. 2006
Format: DVD
A film that spawned a whole new style of comedy. Some great. Some not so great. I hadn't seen this in years before getting the DVD [the one I'm reviewing is the special edition which has a menu and a commentary].

Surely you'd think it would have looked dated by comparison to all that came since?

You would. But don't call me shirley! Because it doesn't. This is still one of the funniest films ever made.

If you've never seen it, then see it. And if you've seen it before see it again! Worth a place in any dvd collection
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dean on 12 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
Whoever wrote this film was a genius! There is a funny moment in almost every minute. I am laughing at the moment thinking about it. There are moments which really stand out for me! But I won't say them. The only downfall for me is that there are no special features, (except one which is the commentary). But that doesn't matter, as long as the film is there.
One word - HILARIOUS!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Brian Levine on 26 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
The first disaster spoof movie, this is so funny it hurts. Leslie Nielsen hits the spot as the doctor on the plane where everyone's eaten dodgy fish including the pilot, and the leads are camp but reined in. The Zucker/Abrams combo is genius, and the gags have been much-copied by numerous other movies.

The extras were interesting, but not worth buying just for them alone. The double-set of Airplane and the sequel, the imaginatively titled Airplane II, is probably better value, but if you want the extras, go for this, because they're not on the double-film disc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD
This brilliant comedy is the best film the Abrahams/Zucker team ever made. Largely a parody of the many Airport movies made in the 1970's it remains relentlessly funny, with the jokes occurring in a seemingly endless stream.

The casting is perfect: Lloyd Bridges, Robert Hays, Julie Haggerty and Leslie Neilsen were made for the roles they play here. Best of all is Peter Graves as Captain Oveur, in a role they might have trouble getting made these days! There are so many great moments in this film but the complete confusion in the cockpit remains a favourite of mine:

Victor Basta: Request vector, over.
Captain Oveur: What?
Tower voice: Flight 2-0-9'er cleared for vector 324.
Roger Murdock: We have clearance, Clarence.
Captain Oveur: Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?

The DVD includes some fascinating extras, including interviews with the cast and director, which you can watch as you watch the movie as they are played in sequence (i.e. the movie cuts away and then restarts after the interview).

So its a great film, with great extras. What more could you ask for!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
The film should need no reintroduction, so this is more about the new extras on the 'Don't Call Me Shirley' edition. The audio commentary and trailer from the previous issue are retained, but because of the absence of any behind the scenes footage, rather than a new documentary there's a `long haul' option to view the film with cast and crew interviews. And it's a long haul indeed - barely 30 seconds, and sometimes less, seem to pass before you're taken to another interview, not always that relevant to what's going on onscreen. Indeed, on one occasion you're just taken to the directors clearing their throats. There are only three brief deleted scenes, but there's a fairly comprehensive number of surviving cast and crew, from the directors (who proffer such words of wisdom as "These days it's so easy to get a nun on a surfboard."), Leslie Nielson, Robert Hays, Peter Graves and various supporting players to the now grown-up little Joey (as in "Joey, have you ever been in a Turkish prison?") and the kid whose face appears on one memorable faked newspaper headline (the producer's grandson). Only Julie Haggerty seems conspicuous by her absence. The only annoyance is that it's not possible to access the interviews separately without watching the whole film. Among the highlights is a brief shot-by-shot comparison with Zero Hour!, the b-movie that inspired the film: not only is it every bit as inane as legend has it, including laughable dialogue reprised verbatim in Airplane!, but the directors even went to enormous efforts to match parts of it shot-for-shot!

There is one tantalizing unanswered question - given John Travolta's enthusiasm for the film when it was in production, what did he make of Robert Stack beating up the Scientologists, Moonies and other cults soliciting donations in possibly the film's most memorable moment?
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