Friday, July 2, 2010

"...and Leon's getting larger!"

"Airplane!" turns 30 today and out of all of the gags in the movie, both spoken and visual, my favorite has to be when reluctant pilot Ted Stryker (played my Robert Hays) says "When Kramer hears about this, the shit's going to hit the fan!". Then they cut to a shot of an old 1950's fan back at the airport tower with shit flying through it's blades! LO - F-ING - L!!!

After that it's when Lloyd Bridges says to Robert Stack, "you'll have to talk the plane right down to the ground!"....and suddenly in the background a watermelon crashes onto a desk and splatters. Those two moments were my 'please stop the movie because I need to laugh for another five minutes' scenes.

And of course who can forget Peter Graves as Captain Oveur: "Joey, do you like movies about gladiators? "

Or Johnny...

Reporter: "What kind of plane is it? "
Johnny: "Oh, it's a big pretty white plane with red stripes, curtains in the windows and wheels and it looks like a big Tylenol."

There are SO MANY great lines in this movie that are classic!!! I have the "Don't Call Me Shirley" anniversary edition of the film, yet haven't watched it in a few years. Time to have that all important anniversary screening.


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