June 28th, 2010
05:53 PM ET

'Airplane!' keeps the funny after 30 years

If it weren’t for the talented trio Jerry Zucker, David Zucker and Jim Abrahams, we may never have gotten a number of post-“Airplane!” comedies, such as the Farrelly brothers' “There’s Something About Mary.”

And if it weren’t for the Z.A.Z. team, as the NYTimes calls the filmmakers, we also wouldn’t have heard some of the funniest movie lines a person can commit to memory.

If you can read the “Airplane!” quotes below and not hear Peter Graves’ hilarious deadpan delivery in your head, then clearly you need to make it a blockbuster night.

Roger Murdock: "We've got Clearance, Clarence."
Captain Oveur: "Rodger, Roger. What's our vector Victor?"

Captain Oveur: "Alright, give me a Hamm on five, hold the Mayo."

Captain Oveur: "...And stop calling me surely."

Randy: "There's been a little problem in the cockpit."
Ted: "The cockpit? What is it?"
Randy: "It's a little room in the front of the plane, where the pilots sit, but that's not important right now."

Captain Oveur: "Ever been in a cockpit?"
Joey: "No, sir, I've never been up in a plane before."
Captain Oveur: "Ever see a grown man naked?"

Captain Oveur: "Joey, have you ever been in a...in a Turkish prison?"

Roger Murdock: "But just remember, my name is Roger Murdock. I'm an airplane pilot."

Elaine: "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your stewardess speaking. We regret any inconvenience the sudden cabin movement might have caused. This is due to periodic air pockets we encounter. There is no reason to become alarmed and we hope you enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?"


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  4. Carl

    The funniest scene of all (in which I was ROTFLMAO in the aisles at a movie theatre literally) was the flight attendant (Julie Hagerty) was blowing (inflating) the autopilot! That scene was classic and priceless!

    October 15, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PiercedPsycho

    Let's not forget the autopilot, the sick girl, and the nun and small boy looking at the dirty magazines...oh, and when the one guy unplugged the control tower.

    "Macy's is having a sale!"
    "....now arriving at gate 1....2...3..4...34, 35, 36, 37...."

    June 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PiercedPsycho

    I picked the wrong week to stop drinking.
    I picked the wrong week to stop smoking.
    I picked the wrong week to stop snorting crack.
    I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

    "That's when I developed my drinking problem" *splashes drink on face*

    Airplane! is the best movie to watch right before going on a plane, it really is. Especially the crash positions.

    June 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Diane Strelow

    If you are in the Mpls St. Paul area and want to see this movie on the big screen it is scheduled for July 22 – 25 th. The theatre is in Plymouth (Willow Creek) and the retro movies they are showing every weekend are great. This past weekend was Animal House and this weekend it is Rocky. Check the listings in the paper.

    June 29, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. DuncansDaddy

    My favorite thing that rarely gets mentioned, is that the plane was a jet but every time they showed it from the outside flying, it made the sound of a plane with propellers!

    June 29, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. Stephen

    "Oh, it's a big pretty white plane with red stripes, curtains in the windows and wheels and it looks like a big Tylenol"

    June 29, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. Donal

    One of the funniest scenes, in my view, was when Julie Haggerty was holding a "Supperware" party for African native women to help them "stretch your food dollar."

    June 29, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. irnmtn25

    I wonder if that old guy's taxi meter is still running after all these years???!

    June 29, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lloyd

    "I picked a bad week to quit smoking."

    June 29, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  13. T

    How is it this film stays funny all those years but most other parody films that followed bombed ?

    June 29, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Captain Oveur

    "Give me Ham on Five, Hold the Mayo!"

    June 29, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jack

    One of the best lines was from the Mom from Leave it to Beaver (actress was Barbara Billingsley):

    "Oh I know how to speak Jive".

    CLASSIC movie with numerous CLASSIC lines.

    June 29, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  16. LTJ

    It will never get old – very funny movie. We all have to keep laughing !!

    June 29, 2010 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  17. Elizabeth

    This movie always puts me in a good mood...I never get sick of it and it will always be one of my top favorite!!! :o)

    June 29, 2010 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  18. I guess I picked the wrong week...

    I know when my husband is watching this movie, I can tell by his laugh! I am still amazed at the new things I discover everytime I watch this movie. One of the funniest ever and you really have to pay attention. And don't eat the fish! ;)

    June 29, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  19. Middle aged woman!

    On of the FUNNIEST movies I've ever seen!

    June 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  20. meow

    I think i'm one of the few people who just never thought Airplane was all that funny. I guess it's because people quote it so often and make references on it to the point where it was nauseating for me to watch. It's just such an overrated movie and comedy.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred

      You don't think Airplane is funny?

      You must be a girl.

      June 29, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • hi

      well that means you suck. maybe you should gain a sense of humore and stop bashing an awesome movie.

      June 29, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  21. Slugbait

    Captain Oveur never said, "...And stop calling me surely." That was Rumack (Nielson).

    June 28, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • husker

      Nope, you're wrong. It was the captain. Re-watch it if you don't believe me.

      June 29, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Joan

      You're right. It was Leslie Nielsen.

      June 29, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • m

      @husker.
      it was Leslie Nielsons character the Doctor. He says "I'm always serious, and stop calling me Surely"

      June 29, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |

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