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Airplane!

By packing this one with more laughs per minute than any other movie in history, writer-directors Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and David Zucker (the ZAZ team) set the flight pattern for film comedy to come. This takeoff on ’70s disaster movies bombards with a barrage of sight and sound gags — from Otto the pilot to ”Don’t call me Shirley” — that leaves you grabbing for an oxygen mask. And unlike most comedies, this one requires repeat viewing s on video to pick up the swarm of jokes in every piece of background action.

Airplane!
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  • Movie
mpaa
runtime
  • 88 minutes
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