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Airplane! (1980) 40th Anniversary presented by TCM

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Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty join panicky passengers, inept ground controllers and an inflatable auto-pilot (named “Otto,” of course!) in the disaster-film spoof voted “one of the 10 funniest movies ever made” by the American Film Institute. Surely you’re serious about attending this special event that includes exclusive insights from Turner Classic Movies.


  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Lloyd Bridges
  • Peter Graves
  • Julie Hagerty
  • Robert Hays
  • Leslie Nielsen
  • Lorna Patterson
  • Robert Stack
  • Stephen Stucker
  • Otto

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Still cracks me up after all these years

Jay B



It is sophomoric, obvious, predictable, corny, and quite often very funny. And the reason it's funny is frequently because it's sophomoric, predictable, corny, etc. Example: Airplane Captain (Peter Graves): Surely you can't be serious. Doctor (Leslie Nielsen): I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley. This sort of humor went out with Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis, and knock-knock jokes. That's why it's so funny.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A sometimes silly, occasionally hilarious, and often sophomoric spoof of airline disaster films in which a passenger tries to land a disabled plane. Some of the jokes are tasteless, but there is a general air of good cheer as the script laughs most of all at the already laughable Airport movie series. [11 July 1980, p.3-8]

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune