Airplane! premiered 40 years ago on July 2, 1980. We know what you're thinking: “Surely you can’t be serious.” We are serious, and you know the rest...
The famous parody film was the first directorial effort from Kentucky Fried Theater members David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker. On the surface, the film revolves around ex-Air Force pilot Ted Striker (Robert Hays) boarding a flight with the intention of winning back flight attendant Elaine Dickinson (Julie Hagerty) who he believes is the love of his life. Unfortunately, the passengers and the pilots aboard the plane all fall gravely ill requiring Striker to take charge. But this setup is really only there to tie a series of surreal, unforgettable jokes together. The film’s wacky sense of humor would go on to inspire countless imitators, but none of them could match the ingenuity and cleverness of the ZAZ trio.
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