Skip to comments.The hit comedy movie 'Airplane!' is 40 years old. It shows its age, but it's still relevant (back in theaters Aug 30)
Posted on 08/20/2020 1:10:03 PM PDT by 11th_VA
It would be easy to put Airplane! on a no-fly list of offensive films. That would be a mistake because it demonstrates how to push boundaries in the right way.
When it first crash-landed in cinemas 40 years ago, the irreverent Airplane! wowed critics and audiences with its fast-and-loose brand of humor. It remains one of the most consistently uproarious laughfests ever filmed, and became an instant comedy classic when it hit screens in 1980. The 40th anniversary Blu-ray reissue arrives Tuesday.
In writing and directing Airplane!, the creative triumvirate of Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams and David Zucker (later known as ZAZ) combined vaudevillian humor, oddball non sequiturs, dirty jokes and visual gags into a unique flurry of funny. One can rewatch the film and uncover new visual and verbal jokes because they packed in so many punchlines.
This was a topsy-turvy world where the roughest bar brawlers are feisty Girl Scouts, a military commander fights his way through religious recruiters at LAX, and a Boeing 747 sign features no smoking and no screwing light displays. And then there was the witty word play: "Surely you can't be serious?" I am serious and dont call me Shirley. And yes, coming at the beginning of the 80s, it delved into gratuitous nudity and cursing, though it stopped short of totally overplaying its hand...
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We still have theaters?
Since them, a lot more white people have learned to speak jive. Wiggers and white baby mommas of Mandingos.
A movie called Airplane! ????
Never heard of it.
Now that’s the funniest line I’ll post today.
Surely you know I was joking.
“What it is, big momma, my momma don’t raise no dummies, I dug her rap”
I speak jive.
Yes. They're buildings where people watch movies, but that's not important right now.
Surely, you can’t be serious.
The theaters are opening back up before the election?
Don’t call me Shirley.
Love it. Love the thread...love the movie!
Roger Murdock : [breaking character] The hell I don’t! LISTEN, KID! I’ve been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I’m out there busting my buns every night! Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes!
Mrs. Cleaver !
You are Kareem. I’ve seen you play. My dad’s got season tickets.
But just remember, my name is ROGER MURDOCK. I’m an airline pilot.
I think you’re the greatest, but my dad says you don’t work hard enough on defense. And he says that lots of times, you don’t even run down court. And that you don’t really try... except during the playoffs.
The hell I don’t. LISTEN KID. I’ve been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I’m out there busting my buns every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.
Who remembers this scene? Bet even this one would be interpreted as racist since people now think there were racist undertones to “Disco Demolition” at Comiskey Park back then.
Airplane relaunched Leslie Nielson’s career. It also showed the comedic talents of Stack, Graves, and Bridges. It is as close to a perfect comedy as you can get.
But he didn’t really hustle down the court on defense...and didn’t really try, except during the playoffs...
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