Shirley You Must Be Kidding: Airplane Turns 30!

“There is one line in ‘Zero Hour!’ where a stewardess says, completely seriously, ‘The life of everyone on board depends upon just one thing: finding someone back there who can not only fly this plane, but who didn’t have fish for dinner,’ ” Mr. Abrahams said. “That was the essence of the movie. We just repeated the line. We didn’t have to change a thing.”

Long regarded as one of the funniest movies ever made, Zucker & Abrahams’s Airplane! turns 30 this year.  The New York Times has a nifty retrospective on the movie.

What so great about Airplane! is how serious they play the movie.  Ever actor treats the movie like it’s their Oscar moment.  That sentiment is echoed by Patt0n Oswalt, “Seeing the movie for the first time taught me a great lesson: You’ve got to play comedy as if it’s deadly serious. You’ve got to play weirdness as if it’s the most normal thing in the world.”

As for the movies’s legacy?  Well, Oswalt kind of nails that one as well.

“A lot of comedies in the last 30 years have wanted to be ‘Airplane!,’ ” said Patton Oswalt, a comedian and actor and the voice of the hero in “Ratatouille.” “But most of those movies took the wrong message from ‘Airplane!’ They were gag, gag, gag, gag, where ‘Airplane!’ is really structured, driving the story along all the time. In a weird way it’s like a Beatles movie. It looks like the easiest thing in the world, but there’s a lot of sweat and blood that went into it.”

The deleted scenes from the movie are worth watching as well.

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