Airplane! (1980)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: July 2, 1980
DVD Release Date: October 24, 2000
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though unabashedly juvenile and silly, Airplane! is nevertheless an uproarious spoof comedy full of quotable lines and slapstick gags that endure to this day.

Ron Pennington
Hollywood Reporter

The level of humor is not always consistent, but the filmmakers have thrown almost everything in with a shotgun approach and the routines work more often than not.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The gags aren't exactly clever, but there are a lot of them, and the cutting finds a fast, effective tempo.

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Martin Chilton
Daily Telegraph (UK)

The really great thing about Airplane! is that the jokes undercut your expectations so deftly.

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Airplane! is a splendidly tacky, totally tasteless, completely insignificant flight, a gooney bird of a movie that looks as if it could never get off the ground and then surprises and delights with its free-spirited aerobatics.

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James Berardinelli

The fact that the movie doesn't work as well today as it did in 1980 in no way diminishes its importance in recent motion picture history.

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Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] The film's mixed bag of cultural references spill out faster than you can catch them.

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, who share both writing and directorial credits, become so desperate for laughs that the jokes descend to a much cruder level.

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Variety Staff

From the clever Jaws take-off opening to the final, irreverent title card, laughs come thick and fast.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

From takeoff to landing, this whacked-out parody is a loopy flight of fancy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Eugene Bernabe
Its slapstick gags and jokes are essential in cinematic comedy. Airplane! offers the outrageous and unapologetic humor that transcended throughout the 1980s.… More
Jens S.
The mother of all parody films showing all the trademarks of the infamous Zucker Abrahams Zucker team's humor and already setting up their later… More
Liam Gadd
The 20-30 minute mark is a little rough, but everything else is comedic gold.
Directors Cat
Please like this movie everybody who hasn't seen Airplane yet... "I just wanted to tell you good luck because were all counting on you".… More
Lucas Martins
ZAZ team show that cinema, it's not just telling stories, but too, criative, popular, extreme funny gags, visual or not, that never will get old, it… More
Chris Weber
This is probably the mother of all spoof films, and, despite eing a tad dated, and having a few gags that fall a little flat, it's still one of the… More