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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
100 Favorite Movies: 3
Amazing. I proclaimed The Avengers to be a cinematic achievement, but there is no doubting that Airplane! is a cinematic achievement, too, just as much as The Avengers. It is completely absurd, but so fitting into its genre that it becomes the defining comedy film of the satirical, absurdist humor genre that was popularized by people like John Cleese and Leslie Nielsen. Airplane takes it to the next level. The movie does not feature any stretches of time longer than forty seconds without a joke. They just keep coming and coming and each one lands, if not better than the last! It is absolutely the movie I will laugh the hardest at, time and again. Plus, you can never go wrong with the amazing setting of an airport, an airplane, and a mission control room. The word "classic" was made for Airplane!
Comedy directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker and written by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker in 1980.
Starring: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Lorna Patterson, Stephen Stucker, Frank Ashmore, Jonathan Banks, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Otto as Himself.