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Thumbnail for Airplane! (1980) Airplane! (1980)

Basics Critics:77Viewers:74Rusty:76
Category: ComedyNotable as: Romance Film, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Parody, Disaster Film, Airplanes and airports, Satire, Romance Film, ComedyMain subject: aviation accident or incident, aviationNarrative location: Los AngelesRuntime: 87 - 88 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: Los AngelesDirector: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Zucker, Abrahams and ZuckerScreenwriter: Jim Abrahams, Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker, David Zucker, Jerry ZuckerMusic: Elmer BernsteinCinematography: Joseph F. BirocStars: Barbara Billingsley, Howard Jarvis, Stephen Stucker, Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen, Julie Hagerty, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves Producer: Howard W. KochAwards won: National Film RegistryAward details: (details at IMDb)

Airplane! is a 1980 American satirical disaster comedy film directed and written by David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty and features Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Lorna Patterson. The film is a parody of the disaster film genre, particularly the 1957 Paramount film Zero Hour!, from which it borrows the plot and the central characters, as well as many elements from Airport 1975. The film is known for its use of absurd and fast-paced slapstick comedy, including visual and verbal puns and gags. Airplane! was a critical and financial success, grossing over US$83 million in North America alone, against a budget of just $3.5 million. The film's creators received the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Comedy, and nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and a BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay. In the years since its release, Airplane!'s reputation has grown substantially. The film was ranked sixth on Bravo's 100 Funniest Movies.

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