The spoof comedy that set the gold standard for all that followed
it, AIRPLANE takes shots at the slew of disaster movies that
peppered cinemas in the 70s. When the passengers and crew of a jet
are incapacitated due to food poisoning, a rogue pilot (who has a
drinking problem and is afraid of flying) must cooperate with his
ex-girlfriend turned stewardess to bring the plane to a safe
landing. No disaster flick cliche is left unroasted, and the musical
score itself takes a less than reverent look at overly melodramatic
A tongue-in-cheek spoof of the disaster genre.
A former wartime flight commander has to take control of a jet after
every pilot aboard comes down with food poisoning -- even though
he's now too scared to fly.
The airplane's passengers include a wild assortment of comic
The plot of this film -- on which the spoof is
hung -- is based on a 1957 movie called "Zero Hour!" The
film also borrows from the more recent disaster film
Although this was a low-budget film, it did better than many of the
big budget movies of that year.
Available to buy in the UK.
"...Jokes -- hilarious jokes -- to
spare....Clever and confident and furiously energetic..."
Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS
"...Nonstop comic invention made AIRPLANE!
one of the funniest...comedies of our time..." -- Rating: A
"...Most of the gags hit the mark, and the
dialogue's as quotable as ever..."
Anamorphic Widescreen -
Single Side - Dual Layer
Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Dolby Digital Mono - French
Additional Release Material:
Audio Commentary -
1. David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams - Directors
1. Original Theatrical Trailer