Airplane! ("Don't Call Me Shirley" Edition, Widescreen)

Closed Capationed Starring: Robert Hays & Julie Hagerty Director: Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams & David Zucker  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
What's slower than a speeding bullet, and able to hit tall buildings at a single bound?
Airplane! ("Don't Call Me Shirley" Edition,
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DVD Features:

  • Commentary: Theatrical Trailer
  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 27 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1980
  • Label: Paramount
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English
    • Dolby Digital Mono - French
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Production Interviews
    • Audio Commentary: Jerry Zucker - Writer/Director, David Zucker - Writer/Director, Jim Abrahams - Writer/Director, Jon Davidson - Producer
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
    • Interactive Menus
    • Enhanced Movie Branching (Deleted Scenes, Interviews)
    • Trivia Track

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Striker: Surely you can't be serious. Rumack: I am serious and don't call me Shirley."

Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 07/02/1980
"...Jokes -- hilarious jokes -- to spare....Clever and confident and furiously energetic..."
New York Times - 12/28/1980
Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1980"
Entertainment Weekly - 09/16/1994
"...Nonstop comic invention made AIRPLANE! one of the funniest...comedies of our time..." -- Rating: A
Total Film - 03/01/2001
"...Most of the gags hit the mark, and the dialogue's as quotable as ever..."
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"[A] cornucopia of geeky slapstick, self-referential jokes, and satirical pastiches..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/16/2005
"[T]he contrarian casting of deadpan actors like Leslie Nielsen reinvented careers by making every utterance a punchline." -- Grade: B+
Rolling Stone - 12/01/2005
Ranked #15 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "You are certain to laugh."
Total Film - 07/01/2006
5 stars out of 5 -- "[W]ithout doubt one of the funniest movies ever made."

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The persons and events in this film are fictitious - fortunately! A masterpiece of off-the-wall comedy, Airplane! features Robert Hays as an ex-fighter pilot forced to take over the controls of an airliner when the flight crew succumbs to food poisoning; Julie Hagerty as his girlfriend/stewardess/co-pilot; and a cast of all-stars including Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar...and more. Their hilarious high jinks spoof airplane disaster flicks, religious zealots, television commercials, romantic love...the list whirls by in rapid succession. And the story races from one moment of zany fun to the next.

Product Description:

The spoof comedy that set the gold standard for all that followed it, AIRPLANE takes shots at the slew of disaster movies that peppered cinemas in the 70s. When the passengers and crew of a jet are incapacitated due to food poisoning, a rogue pilot (who has a drinking problem and is afraid of flying) must cooperate with his ex-girlfriend turned stewardess to bring the plane to a safe landing. No disaster flick cliche is left unroasted, and the musical score itself takes a less than reverent look at overly melodramatic compositions.

Plot Synopsis:

A tongue-in-cheek spoof of the disaster genre.
A former wartime flight commander has to take control of a jet after every pilot aboard comes down with food poisoning -- even though he's now too scared to fly.
The airplane's passengers include a wild assortment of comic loonies.


Production Notes:

  • The plot of this film -- on which the spoof is hung -- is based on a 1957 movie called "Zero Hour!" The film also borrows from the more recent disaster film "Airport."
  • Although this was a low-budget film, it did better than many of the big budget movies of that year.
  • Available to buy in the UK.

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  • Sales Rank: 68,829
  • UPC: 097360309041
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