History Film / Airplane

21st Aug '16 12:52:15 PM JamesAustin
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The film that solidified the team of Jim Abrahams and brothers David and Jerry Zucker as comedy icons. ZAZ's directorial debut, [[note]] they previously wrote Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie, but John Landis directed[[/note]] ''Airplane!'' (1980) is a comedic remake of an old disaster film, ''Film/ZeroHour'' (itself based on the TV movie ''Flight Into Danger''). Subplots from ''Airport '79: The Concorde'' also appear. The plot: Ted Striker (Stryker in ''Zero Hour''), an ex-military pilot, has to get over his personal traumas to pilot a commercial plane after the crew is stricken by food poisoning, and reconcile with his estranged girlfriend at the same time. HilarityEnsues. Take that basic plot, and have a silly joke every three seconds. In fact, that is partly what makes the film work: [[RapidFireComedy if a joke falls flat, move on to the next one]]. Of course, [[DontExplainTheJoke further analysis of the jokes will just hurt the humor of it all]]. Just see the film for yourself. Along the way, it [[GenreKiller singlehandedly destroyed]] the DisasterMovie as a serious genre for over a decade.

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The film that solidified the team of Jim Abrahams and brothers David and Jerry Zucker as comedy icons. ZAZ's directorial debut, [[note]] they debut,[[note]]They previously wrote Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie, ''Film/TheKentuckyFriedMovie'', but John Landis directed[[/note]] ''Airplane!'' (1980) is a comedic remake of an old disaster film, ''Film/ZeroHour'' (itself based on the TV movie ''Flight Into Danger''). Subplots from ''Airport '79: The Concorde'' also appear. The plot: Ted Striker (Stryker in ''Zero Hour''), an ex-military pilot, has to get over his personal traumas to pilot a commercial plane after the crew is stricken by food poisoning, and reconcile with his estranged girlfriend at the same time. HilarityEnsues. Take that basic plot, and have a silly joke every three seconds. In fact, that is partly what makes the film work: [[RapidFireComedy if a joke falls flat, move on to the next one]]. Of course, [[DontExplainTheJoke further analysis of the jokes will just hurt the humor of it all]]. Just see the film for yourself. Along the way, it [[GenreKiller singlehandedly destroyed]] the DisasterMovie as a serious genre for over a decade.



* TenMinuteRetirement: Ted Striker comes out of it after a RousingSpeech provides EpiphanyTherapy.
* TheSeventies: Released in 1980, this was probably the first film to spoof ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' (and the disco subculture in general).



* TheSeventies: Released in 1980, this was probably the first film to spoof ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' (and the disco subculture in general).



* TenMinuteRetirement: Ted Striker comes out of it after a RousingSpeech provides EpiphanyTherapy.
21st Aug '16 11:41:09 AM JamesAustin
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!!Surely, these aren't examples:
They ''are'' examples, and don't call us Shirley!

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!!Surely, these aren't examples:
examples! They ''are'' examples, and don't call us Shirley!
Shirley!:
29th Jul '16 10:02:33 PM Ohio9
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* RelationshipSalvagingDisaster: The experience ultimately brings Ted and Elaine back together.
27th Jul '16 12:22:21 PM Fighteer
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** They have to yell to be heard over the sound of a steam train [[BlatantLies it makes sense in context]].



** The state of Wisconsin has put out a travel commercial affectionately parodying the film itself.



* BlandNameProduct: Trans American Airlines isn't TWA. Nope. Nothing like it at all. It doesn't have a W in its name for a start! Nor is it AA.

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* BlandNameProduct: BlandNameProduct:
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Trans American Airlines isn't TWA. Nope. Nothing like it at all. It doesn't have a W in its name for a start! Nor is it AA.



* BlatantLies / PinocchioNose: While Dr. Rumack is talking to the passengers, he lies so blatantly that his nose starts to grow, Pinocchio style.
--> '''Rumack:''' There is no reason to panic. It's true the pilot is ill. Slightly ill. The others are doing just fine and they are handling the controls, free to live a life of religious fulfillment.


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* PinocchioNose: While Dr. Rumack is talking to the passengers, he lies so blatantly that his nose starts to grow, Pinocchio style.
--> '''Rumack:''' There is no reason to panic. It's true the pilot is ill. Slightly ill. The others are doing just fine and they are handling the controls, free to live a life of religious fulfillment.
14th Jul '16 3:32:42 PM StarTropes
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* BlatantLies / GagNose: While Dr. Rumack is talking to the passengers, he lies so blatantly that his nose starts to grow, Pinocchio style.

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* BlatantLies / GagNose: PinocchioNose: While Dr. Rumack is talking to the passengers, he lies so blatantly that his nose starts to grow, Pinocchio style.
7th Jul '16 3:43:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* RealMenTakeItBlack: "I like my coffee black. Like my men." [[FromTheMouthsOfBabes Spoken by a six-year-old girl]] to the boy who sits next to her (for laughs, obviously.)
6th Jul '16 10:45:51 AM Bissek
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** In-flight meals more substantial than a packet of crackers/cookies/nuts and a cup of soda are getting increasingly rare except when a flight is expected to go more than 4-5 hours between stops.
9th Jun '16 11:23:30 AM Doug86
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* StockFootage: Ted Striker's memories of The War, which appears, for RuleOfFunny, to be UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, but goes even further back in time to the turn of the century's strange flying experiments.

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* StockFootage: Ted Striker's memories of The War, which appears, for RuleOfFunny, to be UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, but goes even further back in time to the turn of the century's strange flying experiments.
29th May '16 10:54:23 PM Nire
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** The worst moment is how long it takes anyone to notice. The first time, everyone including her mother are so wrapped up in singing that she nearly flatlines, but her mother eventually notices and puts the IV back in. [[DeadBabyComedy She doesn't notice the second time..]]

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** The worst moment is how long it takes anyone to notice. The first time, everyone including her mother are so wrapped up in singing that she nearly flatlines, but she manages to pop the IV back in herself. The second time, her mother eventually actually notices and puts the IV back in. [[DeadBabyComedy She doesn't notice the second time..]]frantically goes to her daughter's aid.
26th May '16 4:06:24 AM AlphaHandingGems
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* SpinningPaper

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* SpinningPaperSpinningPaper: Played straight when two spinning newspapers about the flight appear, then parodied when [[TheTriple a third, unrelated spinning newspaper appears]], and parodied again with a spinning ''television'' showing a newscast about the flight.



* TheTriple: The newspaper headlines:
-->'''Rex Kramer:''' Passengers certain to die!
-->'''Steve [=McCroskey=]:''' Airline negligent.
-->'''Johnny:''' There's a sale at Penney's!

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* TheTriple: The TheTriple:
** In the
newspaper headlines:
-->'''Rex
segment, the first two newspaper headlines are related to the flight, but the third one that appears is completely unrelated ("Boy Trapped in Refrigerator Eats Own Foot").
** The airport staff reading news about the flight:
--->'''Rex
Kramer:''' Passengers certain to die!
-->'''Steve --->'''Steve [=McCroskey=]:''' Airline negligent.
-->'''Johnny:''' --->'''Johnny:''' There's a sale at Penney's!
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