Director: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Run time: 1 hr 28 mins
This is right up there as one of those that people love, and therefore terrifies me. I don’t always like the films that are cult classics, and Airplane! is definitely one of those. I’m vaguely aware of it, through the “don’t call me Shirley” line, but I don’t really know much of the plots or any other jokes.
1:25 – Epic use of drop shadow on that text. Love ye olde text graphics.
4:35 – You would think a pilot would stop before the window, even if the glo-sticks say otherwise!
8:47 – Love the idea of the plane having a bonnet.
12:15 – Golly!
14:10 – “We have clearance, Clarence.”
22:05 – What is surprising me is the references to films that I didn’t realise were that old!
30:30 – The airplane rumble they’ve got going on sounds more like bees than a plane.
34:12 – Elephant!
35:57 – I wouldn’t like that kind of drinking problem. Messy!
38:21 – “A hospital, what is it?”
41:42 – Those fish skeletons are like out of comics or something.
42:50 – The automatic pilot is my favourite bit so far.
45:42 – Seems so weird they could smoke on planes.
47:07 – “By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?”
50:19 – The “surely” line is less impressive in real life, it’s much better as a concept.
55:26 – No frills airlines haven’t changed then!
1:03:56 – What else can he have picked the wrong week to quit?
1:14:34 – The fancy flotation device is fun.
1:15:29 – I’m sure that stewardess is getting more and more hair each scene.
1:18:14 – The runway bobbing around is like Krypton Factor simulations.
1:20:29 – They didn’t need their crash positions after all then.
1:24:58 – Otto the Autopilot.
Thankfully, it was good. Funnier than I had thought it would be, and a bit shocking in places I really wasn’t expecting. I’m glad it was short because I don’t think they could have sustained it for much longer than the ninety minutes but having said that, there was a lot in there that I can see has been referenced in other things. So in that sense, it was packed! I do think Otto should have had his own spin-off show though.