Airplane! Film Review
Directors: Jim Abraham, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Producers: Jon Davison
Running time: 1 hr 28 mins
Budget: $3,500,000 (approx)
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Captain Clarence Oveur
Captain Rex Kramer
How crazy do you have to be to fly a plane?
Airplane! is one of them films that is so daft and silly that you just can't help watching it. I have the collectors edition of this and Airplane II: The Sequel in my collection, so whenever I need to watch something light hearted, I normally put this on for a good laugh.
At the beginning of the film we see Elaine Dickinson, an air stewardess, walking through the airport heading to her flight. She is about to board Trans American Flight 209 from Los Angeles to Chicago. But she is stopped by Ted, her ex-boyfriend. He wants to get back with her and is still in love with her. But Elaine wants none of it . She says she can't stay with a man she can't respect. She then heads off to board the plane. Ted is an ex-pilot who was traumatized during the war. This left him with a fear of flying. He met Elaine whilst he was a pilot in the war. Ted is now a taxi driver and with the rush to catch up with Elaine before she boards the plane, he leaves his stranded passenger in the back of the cab at the airport with the metre still running.
Ted gets a ticket for Flight 209 and boards the plane. Elaine is surprised to see him, and reminds him she wants nothing to do with him. During the flight, some of the passengers become very sick due to food poisoning from the fish, including the 2 pilots. So it is up to Elaine, Ted and Doctor Rumack to help the people and get the plane landed safely. With Ted being afraid of flying a plane, he has to overcome this fear to get the plane down, as he is the only person on the plane they can rely on.
Right from the start of the film there are comedy moments in it, with the religious people trying to sell flowers to everyone. All throughout the film, it is jam packed with silliness. Leslie Neilson is excellent as he plays the Doctor. Although he looks and acts very serious in the film, this in itself is funny. He says the most craziest things, but says them all with a very serious look on his face. He's an excellent actor, and I've always liked him. Ted Striker is the main character in the film, and along with Elaine Dickinson, I feel these two work well together on screen, and you can the connection between them.
This is a highly amusing and comical film to watch. Right from the beginning of the film it is just silly and daft. Leslie Nielson plays an excellent part of the Doctor. I like the connection that the characters of Ted and Elaine have in the film. At nearly 1 and a half hours long, this film is a light-hearted film that is suitable for all the family. I can't believe this film is over 30 years old. It's still comical to watch today, and had me laughing from start to finish.
I like the different storylines in the movie, with the main storyline being Ted trying to win Elaine's love back. But there's also the other stories of the sick girl and also with a lot of the passengers getting sick from food poisoning. This is definitely one to watch if you want a good laugh.
Awards & Nominations
Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
National Film Preservation Trust
National Film Registry
Outstanding DVD Extra's - Outstanding Classic DVD
The Stinkers Bad Movies Award
Worst performance by a child in a featured role. (Jil Whelan)
Writers Guild of America
Best comedy adapted from another medium
Young Artists Award
Best Young Comedienne (Jill Whelan) Best Young Comedian (Rossie Harris)
Airplane! Movie Trailer
I bought the Collector's Edition of Airplane! and Airplane II: The Sequel. There isn't much DVD extra's on the Airplane! DVD. There is commentary, German and English language option, subtitles and commentary subtitles in German and English.
© 2017 Louise Powles