- 1 hr 27 min
A quirky comedy starring Robert Hays as Ted Striker, an ex-fighter pilot and Julie Hagerty as Elaine Dickinson, a stewardess and Striker’s ex-girlfriend. Striker and Dickinson run into each other again on a flight. The meeting isn’t coincidental but a setup by Striker, who attempts to win Dickinson back by boarding the flight she is traveling on for work. The plane is flying from L.A. to Chicago. A majority of passengers become ill after eating the airline food. The passengers are looked after by Dr. Barry Rumack (Leslie Nielsen) who comes to the conclusion the fish dinner is the culprit of the illness. The pilot, Clarence Oveur (Peter Graves), and the co-pilot, Roger Murdock (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), fall ill as well, leaving nobody to fly the plane. Elaine makes a quick decision and takes over in the cockpit to contact the control tower. Steve McCroskey (Lloyd Bridges), the control tower supervisor explains how to put the plane into auto-pilot, or in this case, Otto Pilot, who comes in the form of a blow up doll. As McCroskey tries to come up with a plan to get the airplane on the ground, he finds that the best decision is to talk to Striker. Striker hasn’t flown a plane since the war and has a fear of doing so. He finally overcomes his phobia and brings the plane to a safe landing. With plenty of satirical comedy, Airplane has become a classic. The soundtrack for the film includes the “Love Theme from Airplane,” composed by Elmer Bernstein. The soundtrack also hosts several pieces of dialog from the movie. As a parody of the high budget films that came out of Hollywood in droves in the 70s, Airplane woke folks up to the overwhelming amount of disaster films being released during this time. Quotes from the film have been inducted into the AFI List of the Best 100 Movie Quotes and the American Film Institute listed Airplane as number ten out of 100 Funniest American Films. It has been chosen as the second best funny movie of all time by Total Film subscribers.