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Airplane! (1980 film).jpg
I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: Jim Abrahams
David Zucker
Jerry Zucker
Produced By: John Davidson
Written By: Jim Abrahams
David Zucker
Jerry Zucker
Based On: Flight into Danger
by Arthur Hailey
Zero Hour!
by Arthur Hailey
Hall Bartlett
John Champion
Starring: Robert Hays
Julie Hagerty
Cinematography: Joseph Biroc
Distributed By: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: June 27, 1980 (Toronto and Buffalo)
July 2, 1980 (Wide)
Runtime: 87 mins
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $3.5 million
Box Office: $158 million
Franchise: N/A
Sequel: Airplane II: The Sequel

Airplane! is a 1980 comedy film directed and written by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker.


When one of the in-flight meals makes the passengers and two of the pilots sick, a doctor discovers it has food poisoning, and it's up to traumatized war veteran Ted to land the plane.

Why It's Free To Ride This Plane

  1. Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty's performances were great. Same can be said for everyone else.
  2. Otto was a hilarious comic-relief character.
  3. It is incredibly funny, with scenes like when Otto gets inflated or what he says.
  4. Really good plot, which was well-thought-out.
  5. Great soundtrack, with songs like Stayin' Alive.
  6. The concept of a traumatized war veteran attempting to land a plane after an in-flight meal makes everyone sick was an incredible concept.
  7. The writing is really good.
  8. "I am serious. And don't call me Shirley."
  9. Many slapstick gags that still endure to this day.

Bad Qualities

  1. The film's slogan can be a bit offensive to 9/11 victims, although this can be excused due to the aforementioned events happening 21 years after the movie came out.
  2. Some of the jokes (While funny) can feel random and out of place at times.
  3. The "And Leon's getting laaaaargerrrrrr" scene, while funny, is an invasion of personal space.


Airplane! was acclaimed by both critics and audiences, and is widely considered one of the best films about planes. It currently holds a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes from critics and 89% from the audience. It currently holds a 7.7 on IMDB.


  • Garfield creator Jim Davis says this is one of his favorite movies.

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