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Airplane!

Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker's film, which launched a thousand imitators, remains the classic mould-breaking comedy. Peter Graves plays Captain Oveur, the stricken captain of a packed plane.

Can passenger Ted Striker (Robert Hays) overcome the traumas he suffered as a wartime pilot and land the plane with the help of his ex-girlfriend, stewardess Elaine (Julie Hagerty) or are they all doomed?

Verbal and sight gags galore lampoon every cinematic genre, with Leslie Nielsen and Robert Stack among the distinguished cast happy to make fools of themselves.

And don't call me Shirley.

(1980) Cert: 15

Airplane! synopsis

A riotous send-up of 50s B-movies and 70s disaster flicks that spawned a legion spoofs and introduced the world to the concept of Leslie Nielsen as a comic actor

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