The Movie Review Guy Best Movies for 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Top 80 movies from the 1980's in 80 Days (DAY 21):
60. “Airplane!” (1980)
An airplane crew takes ill. Surely the only person capable of landing the plane is an ex-pilot afraid to fly. But don't call him Shirley.
Kareem Abdul-Jabaar—Roger Murdock
Lloyd Bridges—Steve McCroskey
Peter Gaves—Caption Clarence Oveur
Juile Hugerty—Elaine Dickinson
Robert Hays—Ted Striker
Leslie Nielsen—Dr. Rumack
Robert Stack—Rex Kramer
Jim Abraham, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker
Facts about the this movie:
*David Letterman screen-tested for the role of Ted Striker
*Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack and Peter Graves play rolls that spoof rolls they played in serious airplane disaster film and TV shows.
*Took only 34 days to film
*Film debut of Julie Hagery.
*Based on the serious airplane disaster film “Zero Hour!”
*Barry Manilow was considered for the roll of Ted Striker
*Boeing 707 used in the film was re-painted TWA airliner.
*Ethel Merman final film
*The model used show the plain flying is in the museum at Las Colinas (Texas)
*The exchanges between Johnny and Steve McCroskey and McCroskey said ”Get someone that won’t crack under pressure.” And Johnny said, “How about Mister Rogers?” Was originally, “How about we Mamie Eisenhower?” They changed it because she died while they were filming the movie and they changed it out of respect for the Eisenhower family. So they dubbed in the line that it is today.
*First pure spoof movie ever made (I think)
Why I Picked this movie #60:
1.Fun as FUCK!!!
2. Awesome Cast
3. Unique casting by getting four guys: (Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Peter Graves and Leslie Nielsen) that were great serious actor at that time.
4. Great script.
5. Has some of the most memorable quotes in film history.
6. Changed movies in a lot of ways: Spoofing good movies; changing actor careers.
First time seeing it:
Saw it at a family Christmas party.