1980 PG 1h 27m Blu-ray / DVD


1980 PG 1h 27m Blu-ray / DVD
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In this classic, joke-a-second parody of disaster movies, traumatized former combat pilot Ted Striker, an airplane passenger, is forced to land the plane when food poisoning strikes the crew and there's no one else on board who can do the job.
Robert Hays, Leslie Nielsen, Julie Hagerty, Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Lorna Patterson, Stephen Stucker, Frank Ashmore, Jonathan Banks, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Craig Berenson, Barbara Billingsley, Lee Bryant, Nicholas Pryor, Joyce Bulifant, Maureen McGovern, Kenneth Tobey, Marcy Goldman, Barbara Stuart, Rossie Harris, Norman Alexander Gibbs, Al White, David Leisure, Jill Whelan, Ethel Merman, Lee Terri, Jimmie Walker
Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital Mono
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital Mono, Portuguese: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children. PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Airplane! is a fast-paced, comic parody of the very popular disaster movies of the 1970s (Airport, The Poseidon Adventure). For the makers of this film, nothing is to be taken seriously, not even an impending airplane crash. Many of the drug and sexual references may fly over the heads of younger viewers. But absolutely nothing is sacred -- sexuality, violence, racial stereotyping, and substance abuse all are grist for their ingenious silliness. There's brief nudity (breasts), lots of sexual innuendo, and sexual sight gags, including a romantic interlude between a stewardess and an inflatable pilot, and scenes in which a pedophile comes on to a young boy. Characters fall out of windows, commit suicide in a variety of ways, fight, drink alcohol, sniff glue, snort cocaine, and use occasional coarse language ("ass," "s--t," "crap," "pisser," and more).

Sexual Content

The frequent sexual innuendo, fast-paced sexual references, exaggerated romantic behavior, even brief nudity (bare breasts, a thong), all are meant to be funny and, in many instances, parody sexuality from other movies. A sequence reenacts the iconic shoreline love scene from From Here to Eternity. There are suggestive magazine covers, a silly sexual encounter between a woman and an inflatable vinyl airline pilot, and a brief shot of an obscured gynecological exam, and a slick pedophile makes sly verbal comments to a young boy (including "Have you ever seen a grown man naked, Tommy?").


Exaggerated, comic action throughout. Despite the fact that a passenger airplane is in danger of crashing for most of the film, it's never to be taken seriously and there's no real suspense. Other cartoon violence includes: a plane crashing into an airport waiting area, suicides (by hanging, "hari-kari," and setting oneself on fire), treacherous falls, a dog attack, brutal fights, a stabbing, a drug overdose, and pilots becoming ill, vomiting, and passing out. It appears for a few moments that a young female patient may suffocate when her medication is accidentally stopped.


Occasional swearing and vulgar language: "ass," "crap," "goddamn," "s--t," "pisser," "hell," "sit on face." A section of a magazine display is labeled "Whacking Material." There are farts and fart jokes, and feces are used as a comic prop.

Social Behavior

Buried beneath the nonstop jokes and goofiness, the film's hero learns that the key to redemption is behaving courageously and putting the past behind him. He manages to shake off old fears and earlier cowardly acts by bravely taking command of a pilotless passenger plane and landing it safely.


Trans World Airlines, Coca-Cola, Tupperware, U.S. News & World Report, Tab, Gatorade, Boys' Life magazine.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Substance abuse is parodied throughout. The hero has "a drinking problem"; in his case, the problem is that the liquid misses his mouth when he attempts to drink from a glass. One character continually mentions that he plans to stop smoking, drinking, using amphetamines, and sniffing glue; he gives in to all of them on camera. Drinks are served in a bar and on the plane. A woman openly sniffs cocaine.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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