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Airplane [VHS]
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The quintessential movie spoof that spawned an entire genre of parody films, the original Airplane! still holds up as one of the brightest comedic gems of the '80s, not to mention of cinema itself (it ranked in the top 5 of Entertainment Weekly's list of the 100 funniest movies ever made). The humor may be low and obvious at times, but the jokes keep coming at a rapid-fire clip and its targets--primarily the lesser lights of '70s cinema, from disco films to star-studded disaster epics--are more than worthy for send-up. If you've seen even one of the overblown Airport movies then you know the plot: the crew of a filled-to-capacity jetliner is wiped out and it's up to a plucky stewardess and a shell-shocked fighter pilot to land the plane. Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty are the heroes who have a history that includes a meet-cute ¨¤ la Saturday Night Fever, a surf scene right out of From Here to Eternity, a Peace Corps trip to Africa to teach the natives the benefits of Tupperware and basketball, a war-ravaged recovery room with a G.I. who thinks he's Ethel Merman (a hilarious cameo)--and those are just the flashbacks! The jokes gleefully skirt the boundaries of bad taste (pilot Peter Graves to a juvenile cockpit visitor: "Joey, have you ever seen a grown man naked?"), with the high (low?) point being Hagerty's intimate involvement with the blow-up automatic pilot doll, but they'll have you rolling on the floor. The film launched the careers of collaborators Jim Abrahams (Big Business), David Zucker (Ruthless People), and Jerry Zucker (Ghost), as well as revitalized such B-movie actors as Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Robert Stack, and Leslie Nielsen, who built a second career on films like this. A vital part of any video collection. --Mark Englehart

Customer Reviews:

  • The "One Scene"
    This movie was hilarious from start to finish. Scary Movie and the like were born from this movie right here. I never saw it in the theater. I, like many of you I'm sure, probably saw this in the very early 80's on HBO while it was being played over and over. If you were 8 or nine (and a male) like me when this was on you all know the "One Scene" that we sat eagerly by the TV waiting for. Now it seems trivial but man, that was the best movie ever then, and it is one of the funniest ever now. A must own....more info
  • Still funny after all these years....
    If you like silly humor along the lines of BLAZING SADDLES,then this is for you.For those of you who complain that it's too ridiculous and the jokes are exaggerated,I say "That's the point!" It's suppose to be silly and off the wall and maybe a little exaggerated.This isn't Shakespeare.Sit back and enjoy..This holds up better than the sequel......more info
  • Hilarious!
    'Airplane' is perhaps my favorite comedy, right up there with 'Caddy Shack' and 'Sordid Lives'!...more info
  • Great movie - worthless commentary
    First of all -- the movie itself is outstanding. Classic comedy that has stood the test of time. I don't even have to go into it, I don't think.

    A lot of people will buy this movie for the director's commentary. It's most entertaining to hear the insides of the jokes, film's evolution, mistakes, etc.

    This one is not it. Instead you just get a bunch of pompous "industry" windbags praising themselves and dropping names. The jokes and bits fly by while they spent nearly the entire time talking about this-agent, this-studio president, all of the fights they had with the guilds, funding issues and other film industry jargon. There's probably about 5 minutes of actual commentary related to the film itself.

    Bottom line -- these people live in their own world and have completely lost touch with the viewers of the movie. If you are looking for any insight and/or entertainment, and planning to purchase for the commentary -- skip it....more info
  • I say Let 'em crash!
    I went to the cinema to see this with my mum in 1978 and we were both in tears of laughter, and still quaking with giggles the next day. Now I still find this film a complete riot - perfect for when you've had an utter miserable and tedious day. I guarantee you'll feel immeasurably better. Hilarious script, sight gags, blink-and-you-miss-it moments just come at you relentlessly. A comedy classic!...more info
  • Surely you have seen this movie.
    Surely you've seen this movie many times, so why buy another DVD? Unlike other movies that include deleted scenes and interviews as a separate part of the DVD. DCMS includes these features as part of the movie, while your watching a part of the movie, suddenly everything will stop and you will be flung into a deleted scene or interview. Surely, if this is the first time you have seen the movie it would be distracting, but if your like most of us (who have watched the movie many times), surely it creates a whole new experience. Think you know all the gags in Airplane, think again, the directors will point all of them out to you, I was surely shocked by how much I missed.
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  • funny movie
    Good and funny, you can watch this many times, picking up more of the jokes each time you watch it. ...more info
  • Fantastic
    This movie has DEFINITELY held up through the test of time - the ridiculousness is just as funny today as the first time I saw it! Love this DVD!...more info
  • Airplane! DVD
    Such a classic! If you like slapstick, physical humor that makes fun of a whole genre, you can't be without this film. It redefined Leslie Nielsen's career and essential birthed the genre of mockery film-making. It's rather adult but once my son was 17 I just had to share it. It's a bit dated (it helps to have lived through the 70's to get some of th jokes) but it's still a riot....more info
  • The funniest movie ever made!
    I think this was the funniest movie ever made. In this time of economic problems, people going through stress due to job loss and just the drudgery of everyday life, this movie does the job of distressing you. Everyone knows a line or two from the movie. It is one you can watch over and over again and still laugh. Get a group of people together and have a party. They all know what is coming in the next scene and still laugh hysterically. ...more info
  • Clasico para reir!!!
    Es una de las primeras peliculas de humor y entrenimiento, donde la ironia y los chistes malos son tantos que sencillamente terminas explotando en risas.

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  • This is one of the best 10 comedy movies ever made
    This is one of the best 10 comedy movies ever made. I played this movie for a group of good new young friends and the result was explosive. They all laughed aloud, and when I told them the movie was from 1980, they could not believe it. They all agree as this is the best comedy they have ever seen. Myself, I have watched this movie over and over again, and I can't get tired of it, everytime is like the first time. My favorite parts are the "Saturday Night Fever" parody and "hysteric lady" at the plane. If you have never watch this, give it a chance, and be ready for the laugh of your life, you'll end up buying it, as I did. Wonderful movie and acting, the whole production deserves 10 stars....more info
  • A Classic Comedy That Is Still Funny
    Written and directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker; Airplane! is widely considered one of the greatest comedies of all time. Unlike many comedies that are considered "classics," this is a film that is still laugh-out-loud funny and brilliant.

    This film is basically 84 minutes worth of jokes manipulated into forming a coherent plot, but here's a quick synopsis: the movie opens at an airport (obviously) and we quickly meet Elaine (Julie Hagerty), a flight attendant on her way to work. Ted (Robert Hays) has found out Elaine has left him and boards the plane to convince her to come back to him. Meanwhile, Captain Oveur (Peter Graves) meets his new co-pilot Roger Murdock played by Kareem Abdul-Jaabar, who is actually Kareem Abdul-Jaabar! Due to problems with the airline food (namely the fish), Captain Oveur and his co-pilots are rendered unconscious, leaving the plane to be manned by Elaine and Otto, the inflatable automatic pilot. The day is saved by Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen) who gets the idea to commission Ted, a pilot in the war, to take over.

    What I've just described is hardly the plot, but that gives you a general idea. You'll be laughing hysterically within the first ten minutes and there are so many great comedy bits in the film...From the opening shot (a spoof of Jaws), to the suicide of every passenger who listens to Ted, to Lloyd Bridges' "I knew I picked the wrong day to..." bits. It's all great.

    Of course, this is a film with some of the most legendary comedy dialogue of all time. And I stress the word "comedy." Truer words were, almost, never spoken.

    The jokes never stop. Every opportunity for a joke is taken, no matter what the subject is; African Americans' "jive" talk, young girls who need heart transplants, vomiting, bestiality, and pedophilia. Literally nothing is off limits. Every single thing is a joke. There's not a sincere moment in the entire movie. It works only because about 90% of the time, the jokes work.

    Viewers of Airplane! can be separated into two groups, those who find it brilliant and those who find it stupid. Whichever group you fall into, I doubt you'll be able to keep from smiling through most of it.

    GRADE: A-
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  • Great Movie!
    I purchased this movie for my husband for his birthday, and we absolutely love it! Very funny and entertaining. It's definitely a classic that you can watch over and over again....more info
    The grown man naked line has got to be the funniest line ever said in a movie. This comic gem is a parody of the disaster movies of the 70's and never stops with the gags. The main plot is about a war vet who is afraid to fly, and he is chasing after his ex-girlfriend. After the crew gets food poisoning, he is forced to fly the plain. This is the "holy grail of spoof movies!!! Fans of goofy, slapstick, parody-type comedies must see this movie. NOT TO BE MISSED!!!!...more info
  • Just as I remembered
    This is an awesome, hilarious movie. I bought it to replace one lost in the floods of Katrina. It was reasonably priced, easy to find. The quality is perfect. We laughed for days. And in our circumstances, we need to find things to laugh about....more info
  • Fun for those crazy kids
    Wow. When this first came out, I thought it was the funniest thing since the Marx Brothers. I saw it again a few weeks ago, and I'm puzzled: it just wasn't the same. Maybe seeing it once was enough, maybe times have changed, and of course there's the possibility that I got older over the years. It's anybody's guess. For me, the jokes were nonstop, but I'd already heard them all. Anyhoo, it is a must-see film. ...more info
  • The beginning of it all...
    If you were to point to one film that probably had the biggest impact in actually launching a genre, it might be `Airplane!', a hilarious spoof on the disaster flicks of the 70's that paved the way for the cinematic parody. Thanks to the onslaught of gags and familiar jokes (granted, not all of them hit, but with this many thrown at you at rapid fire it doesn't really matter) this film rightfully become considered a classic, and will go down in history as one of the funniest films of the 80's.

    I much prefer this to `Caddy Shack'.

    The film tells of Ted Striker, a former pilot who no longer can work up the nerve to enter the cockpit due to an accident years prior. He gets on a plane where his girlfriend Elaine is working as a stewardess in order to try and repair their fraying relationship. While in flight the crew gets sick from food poisoning and so it is up to Elaine and Ted to save the day.

    With an array of off color jokes, outlandish performances and a steady string of perfectly parodied blockbusters, `Airplane!' rarely strikes a sour note. Julie Hagerty and Robert Hays are hilarious as the two leads, but it's the supporting cast that really stands out, all of them making the most of their limited screen time and delivering memorable caricatures. Leslie Nielsen is probably the most recognizable face in the group, and he works wonderfully, but it was Peter Graves who really made me double over in laughter. It takes talent to makes something as unfunny as propositioning a young boy funny, but he makes it work.

    At times `Airplane!' goes over the top, but that is half the fun here. The script is all over the place but it manages to have a handle on itself, making for a funny and crazy yet surprisingly cohesive film. It's nice, because many parodies today completely throw any real script out the window and just deliver a series of unrelated spoofs. At least `Airplane!' holds to a plot outline, and even if it goes off the page a bit it has the smarts to wheel it back in.

    What's great about a film like `Airplane!' is that, even though it's been almost thirty years since its release it is still very, very funny today. Sure, some of the jokes are out of date, and if you haven't seen some of the movies being spoofed the gags may go over your head in places, but if you are getting the complete experience then it is an experience you will not forget. I, for one, have never even seen `Airport', the basis for this spoof, and yet I was in stitches throughout the films entirety.

    With memorably hilarious scenes like the acoustic sing along (I was crying, it was so funny) and that risqu¨¦ blow up doll scene, `Airplane!' is a laugh riot and a sure fire crowd pleaser to any fan of genre it helped launch. It's possibly the best of its breed....more info
  • Very Funny
    This movie is a classic. It is silly, funny, and worth owning. It is your typical 70's and 80's humor. I loved it as a kid and still enjoy owning it as an adult

    "Surely, you must be joking. No, I am quite serious, and don't call me Shirley." ...more info
  • Airplane in DVD
    I have seen this movie several times and consider it a "keeper" which is why I wanted it in DVD....more info
  • 5 Star
    This is one of the best movies ever. If it's not in your collection.......get it!...more info
  • After all of these years, still the funniest movie I've ever seen
    The title says it all - saw it when originally released - laughed my head off in the theater - even though I was aware of how completely stupid it was. Have watched it many times since and found it funny every time. Bought this just to be sure that the above was still true and yes it is..."Ham on white, hold the Mayo."...more info