DVD - 2005
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
In this spoof of disaster movies, Ted Striker, an ex-Navy pilot, just got dumped by his long-time girlfriend Elaine Dickinson, who works as a stewardess. In his wish to get her back, he follows her aboard a plane, although he has had a deep aversion against anything winged since he lost several men in the war. During flight, he tries to make up with her again and again, but a crisis looms as the crew and many passengers get seriously ill due to a bad fish meal. Now, it is up to him to land the airplane safely, before the poisoning starts causing casualties. But Ted Striker's aversion to piloting is a serious psychosis, which breaks open and needs to be cured--right now.

Publisher: [United States] : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2005
Edition: Don't call me Shirley ed
ISBN: 1415713871
Branch Call Number: AIRPLANE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (87 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 22, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue."

Oct 07, 2013
  • LT rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sooo fun, so silly. Good for a night when you're feeling blue. Small quibble: breasts don't pout. One scene that doesn't date well: when passengers line up to commit various forms of assault on a hysterical woman.

Mar 30, 2013
  • uzebdrumz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You cannot view Airplane! without the context of the seventies indulgence in repeated versions of "airport" disasters. This film is to the genre of disaster films what Spinal Tap is to rockumentary (i.e. the ultimate mockumentary). Airplane! is slapstick sight gags & one liners delivered by actors who generally played much more dramatic roles. It's not sophisticated, but it delivers.

Jan 12, 2013
  • nelson21 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Politically Corrrect brigade would stop this movie from being made today. So take a moment and enjoy. It is hugely funny & well worth watching!

Oct 09, 2012
  • lasertravis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Classic spoof. Inspired too many bad films to count. Normally, spoofs (too numerous to mention all the ones I despise) are what I consider to be the lowest form of comedy, but this one has always held a soft spot in my heart. So many funny lines and situations.

Mar 03, 2012

Not as funny as I expected - in fact, not funny at all.

Jan 31, 2012
  • Nutty rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Terrible. I found this movie to be both racist and sexist. I will admit that some parts were funny, but certain scenes that may have been funny in the 80s are no longer socially acceptable. I turned off the movie after the scene where a women is repeatedly beaten with various objects.

Nov 10, 2011
  • Kritter408 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

HILARIOUS!!! Yeah its from the 80's but it is still very very funny!

Oct 12, 2011
  • Dowsee531 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the funniest films ever made. You have to watch it a few times to catch all the jokes.

Aug 29, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"Snakes on a Plane" (or its lesser-known sequel "Snakes on a Plain", set in the plateaus of España, which was less successful than its forbear due to the rather predictable nature of the antagonists presence in the area) owes a great deal to this film, the first in the 'mock the disaster movie genre' genre.

The TV series "Police Squad" came out of this as well, and possibly did better than this, owing to keeping the stories shorter meant that things weren't over-stretched.

Over-all, editing leaves a bit too much room at the ends of moments for reaction shots, but this holding of someone's face is part of the original movies' style, so some allowance must be given. Granted, it could also be that the film-makers are padding things out to get as close as they can to a 90-minute time slot, or are simply leaving time for the audience laughter, but let's try to be generous.

A bit slow at the first, but once the plane gets into the air — figuratively and literally — we're at cruising altitude for some time.

Apparently the loony guy in the airport staff (who offers to use a piece of paper to make a hat, brooch, or Pterodactyl) improvised everything. Incomprehensible.

A classic, and worthwhile watching to learn how satire works when applied to an artistic style.

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Jun 14, 2011
  • alihpforev rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Ted Striker: Surely you got to be kidding me.

Leslie Nielsen: Don't call me surely.

Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Steve McCroskey: Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Reporter: What kind of plane is it?
Johnny: Oh, it's a big pretty white plane with red stripes, curtains in the windows and wheels and it looks like a big Tylenol.

Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Rumack: You'd better tell the Captain we've got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.
Elaine Dickinson: A hospital? What is it?
Rumack: It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now.


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Jan 31, 2012
  • Nutty rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Mar 28, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An airplane crew takes ill. Surely the only person capable of landing the plane is an ex-pilot afraid to fly. But don't call him Shirley.


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