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4,947 Ratings


United States, 1980


Outrageous, over-the-top spoof of the airplane disaster movies of the 1970s finds a man who is afraid of flying as the only hope for a disastrous flight that leaves the two pilots ill.

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Airplane! Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

Awards & Festivals

BAFTA Awards

1981 | Nominee: Best Screenplay

Writers Guild of America

1981 | Winner: Best Comedy Adapted from Another Medium (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1981 | Nominee: Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

National Film Preservation Board

2010 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

Even though this blockbuster is one of the most relentlessly inventive of American comedies, it’s impugned the ability for a lot of taut, professional, but now outmoded dramatic filmmaking to take any serious response from some modern audiences.
July 24, 2020
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Instead of drawing distinctions between traditional binaries like serious and funny—or, more crucially, smart and stupid—the filmmakers just unload everything at once and trust the viewer to sort it out.
July 02, 2020
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Until recently, I was unaware that Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker lifted the movie’s entire plot, and much of its dialogue, from a forgotten 1957 drama called Zero Hour!, starring Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, and Sterling Hayden. The key word in that last sentence is “forgotten.” ZAZ didn’t imagine audiences would remember Zero Hour!and enjoy Airplane! as a direct parody; they simply mined the earlier film for jokes, trusting that the absurdity would work just fine in a vacuum.
July 03, 2014
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