Airplane! (1980): Tribute to Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker


From Flavorpill

January 31, 2011
By Jory John

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The 1980 satire Airplane!, which has been anointed one of the greatest comedies ever made by just about every film-poll devised, started out with modest intentions: to parody disaster flicks. Specifically the 1957 airplane thriller Zero Hour! The movie’s budget was $3 million and it brought back more than $80 million in ticket sales, which lead (of course) to a sequel. Airplane! was written and directed by the Zucker Brothers, David and Jerry, who went on to mock many other things through their work on Top Secret! (1984), The Naked Gun franchise (1988-1994), and various Scary Movies (2000-2003). Tonight, the Zuckers visit the Castro Theatre to screen the hilarious tale of in-flight food poisoning, starring the recently departed Leslie Nielsen alongside basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as himself. (Sort of.) Surely, we’re serious.”

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