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Synopsis

Food poisoning strikes the crew and passengers of a 747, and it is up to a former fighter pilot, his old flame, and an uncouth doctor to land the plane safely.

Cast

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

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • This was Ethel Merman's final film before her death on February 15, 1984 at the age of 76.
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Goofs

  • When the inflatable autopilot is losing air and floating around the cockpit, a wire pulling it is clearly visible.
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Quotes

    • First Jive Dude: Shiiiiit, maaaaan. That honky muf' be messin' mah old lady... got to be runnin' cold upside down his head, you know?
    • [Subtitle: DON'T BE NAIVE ARTHUR. EACH OF US FACES A CLEAR MORAL CHOICE]
    • First Jive Dude: Hey, you know what they say: see a broad to get dat booty yak 'em...
    • First Jive DudeSecond Jive Dude: ...leg 'er down a smack 'em yak 'em!
    • [Subtitle: EARLY TO BED, EARLY TO RISE, MAKES A MAN HEALTHY, WEALTHY AND WISE]
    • First Jive Dude: COL' got to be! Y'know?
    • [Subtitle: HOW TRUE!]
    • First Jive Dude: Shiiiiit.
    • [Subtitle: GOLLY]
    • [Subtitle: GOLLY, THAT WHITE FELLOW SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM MY WIFE OR I WILL PUNCH HIM]
    • Second Jive Dude: Hey home', I can dig it. Know ain't gonna lay no mo' big rap up on you, man!
    • [Subtitle: YES, HE IS WRONG FOR DOING THAT]
    • First Jive Dude: I say hey, sky... subba say I wan' see...
    • Second Jive Dude: Uh-huh.
    • First Jive Dude: ...pray to J I did the same-ol', same-ol'!
    • [Subtitle: I KNEW A MAN IN A SIMILAR PREDICAMENT, AND HE ENDED UP BEING SORRY]
    • Second Jive Dude: Hey... knock a self a pro, Slick! That gray matter backlot perform us DOWN, I take TCB-in', man!
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Metacritic

75

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
75

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