|Language and/or Subtitles:||English|
|Availability:||Available at 14 Libraries 14 of 15 copies|
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 land the plane, with the help of a glue-sniffing air traffic controller (Lloyd Bridges) and Striker's vengeful former captain (Robert Stack), who must both talk him down. Along the way, we meet a clutch of stock disaster movie passengers like the guitar-strumming nun, a sick little girl, a frightened old lady, and two African-American travelers whose "jive" has to be subtitled. Leslie Nielsen portrays the plane's doctor, launching a new phase of the actor's career that carried him through the next two decades in several similarly comedic roles. The trio of directors Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, and David Zucker responsible for the film would eventually go on to solo careers, but not before making Top Secret! and Ruthless People. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
|Series||Widescreen DVD collection.|
Flight attendants -- Drama.
Air pilots -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Hollywood, CA :Paramount Home Entertainment,2005
|Edition||"Don't call me Shirley" ed., widescreen.|
1944- screenwriter, director.
Zucker, David, 1947- screenwriter, director.
Zucker, Jerry, screenwriter, director.
Davison, Jon, 1949 July 21- producer.
Hays, Robert, 1947- actor.
Hagerty, Julie, actor.
Nielsen, Leslie, 1926-2010, actor.
Stack, Robert, 1919-2003, actor.
Bridges, Lloyd, actor.
Graves, Peter, 1926-2010, actor.
Bernstein, Elmer, composer.
Sondheim, Stephen, composer.
Paramount Pictures Corporation, presenter.
Paramount Home Entertainment (Firm), publisher.
Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves.
Director of photography, Joseph Biros ; editor, Patrick Kennedy ; music, Elmer Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim.
MPAA rating: PG.
English and French language tracks with English and Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1980.
Special features include: commentary by Jon Davison, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker and David Zucker; deleted scenes; interviews; trivia track; theatrical trailer.
DVD, Dolby Digital 5.1, Region 1 encoding.
1 videodisc (87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.