Release Date: February 26th, 1992

DVD Release Date: October 24th, 2000

PG |1 hr 28 min

Plot Summary

This spoof comedy takes shots at the slew of disaster movies that were released in the 70s. When the passengers and crew of a jet are incapacitated due to food poisoning, a rogue pilot with a drinking problem must cooperate with his ex-girlfriend turned stewardess to bring the plane to a safe landing.

Cast: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Peter Graves, Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Leslie Nielsen, Lorna Patterson

Director: Jim Abrahams , David Zucker , Jerry Zucker

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: 1980s, Doctor, Playful, Rescue, Madcap, Hospital

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The humor is an ingenious concoction of satire, spoof, burlesque, slapstick, raunchy dialogue and low-comedy sight gags. The jokes are directed at sex, politics, religion and almost everything else. The level of humor is not always consistent, but the filmmakers have thrown almost everything in with a shotgun approach and the routines work more often than not. show more

  • 75
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    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]

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Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)