The cockpit…what is it?
April 17, 2015 10:09 AM   Subscribe

 
can't resist.

must....

resist.....
posted by eriko at 10:13 AM on April 17, 2015 [7 favorites]


It's the place where the pilots sit, but that's not important right now!

I'm so weak.
posted by eriko at 10:14 AM on April 17, 2015 [33 favorites]


A hospital?! What is it?
posted by Ickster at 10:19 AM on April 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


ill never get over macho grande.
posted by brainimplant at 10:30 AM on April 17, 2015 [6 favorites]


I have been watching The A-Team with my son (because I am The World's Greatest Dad) and the other night there was an episode that took place on an airplane. There's a scene when the plane lands but the breaks don't work or something and it goes crashing into the terminal lobby using the exact same shot from Airplane! when the plan goes through the glass. The episode came out a couple of years after Airplane! so I'm not sure it was some sort of tribute or they just needed stock footage of a plane crashing through a giant window.

Whatever it was, it was awesome to see.
posted by bondcliff at 10:30 AM on April 17, 2015 [12 favorites]


Previously.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 10:31 AM on April 17, 2015


No. I've been nervous lots of times.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 10:35 AM on April 17, 2015 [8 favorites]


I love this:

J. Zucker: When we offered the role [of Murdock] to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, I think we offered him $30,000, and then the agent asked for $35,000 because that’s how much this rug cost that Kareem wanted to buy. It was an oriental rug—an art piece, not one to walk on, I don’t think—so our initial reaction was, “That’s got to be the best line we’ve ever heard from an agent.” It was like, “Boy, this guy’s really creative!” But then a couple of weeks later, there’s an article in Time with a picture of Kareem standing in front of the oriental rug that he’d bought for $35,000 after we’d paid him.
posted by Kabanos at 10:36 AM on April 17, 2015 [40 favorites]


Ha - I just came here from this article! Absolutely worth reading for Leslie Nielsen's Fart Gizmo alone, but also for an AV Club commenter's link to Gore Vidal telling Pat Buchanan how much he loves this movie.
posted by Guy Smiley at 10:36 AM on April 17, 2015 [6 favorites]


Guess I picked the wrong week to give up reading the AV Club.
posted by entropone at 10:41 AM on April 17, 2015 [40 favorites]


It's a wide-ranging look at the creation of the movie in the words of its cast and crew, but...well, actually, I guess that is important right now.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 10:49 AM on April 17, 2015 [4 favorites]


Michael Eisner is the reason we have Leslie Nielsen? It's a funny ol world.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 10:50 AM on April 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


If you haven't watched Zero Hour! it's hard to appreciate the level of satire (and attention to detail) in Airplane! Check out an Airplane!/Zero Hour! mashup to get a taste of it.
posted by workerant at 10:53 AM on April 17, 2015 [15 favorites]


I'm not sure it was some sort of tribute or they just needed stock footage of a plane crashing through a giant window.


IMDB only lists The A-Team as using that footage, but I swear I saw it in more places growing up too.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:56 AM on April 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.
posted by ElDiabloConQueso at 11:00 AM on April 17, 2015


When did "oral history" come to mean "stuff that we wrote down?"
posted by darksasami at 11:01 AM on April 17, 2015 [11 favorites]


I'm impressed at the work that went into writing the "jive" dialogue. Those guys took it very seriously. Sheeeeeeeeeet.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 11:02 AM on April 17, 2015 [16 favorites]


I vividly remember seeing this when it came out in theaters in 1980, even though I was only 4 years old at the time.

The reason for that?

My family had eaten at a sea food restaurant before going to the theater.

And yes, this four-year-old "had the fish."

It was an important object lesson in the power of suggestion.
posted by radwolf76 at 11:06 AM on April 17, 2015 [7 favorites]


Oh yes, I remember. I had the lasagna.
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 11:09 AM on April 17, 2015 [8 favorites]


Abrahams: Stephen Stucker [who played Johnny] came into the mix because he was part of the Kentucky Fried Theater.

J. Zucker: He was like Julie: What you saw was what you got.

Abrahams: He wrote his own lines that were in the Airplane! script.


Oh my God. Every time somebody asks me what I make of something, I answer that I can make a hat, or a broach, or a pterodactyl.
posted by maxsparber at 11:16 AM on April 17, 2015 [30 favorites]


And yes, this four-year-old "had the fish."

Jus' hang loose, blood. She gonna catch ya up on da rebound on da med side.
posted by Seymour Zamboni at 11:20 AM on April 17, 2015 [21 favorites]


Jus' hang loose, blood. She gonna catch ya up on da rebound on da med side.
I've actually said this to my ill child more than once. Haven't asked her about Turkish prisons though.
posted by stevis23 at 11:25 AM on April 17, 2015 [8 favorites]


> I have been watching The A-Team with my son (because I am ...

Having read only as far as the opening parenthesis I was pretty sure I knew who wrote that comment. I was right.
posted by benito.strauss at 11:27 AM on April 17, 2015 [4 favorites]


My dad saw Kareem at the airport last week. Can't imagine how many times per trip he hears “Wait a minute, I know you! You’re Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!”
posted by jmccw at 11:31 AM on April 17, 2015 [7 favorites]


Listen Betty, don't start up with your white zone shit again.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:31 AM on April 17, 2015 [20 favorites]


I just want to tell you both "good luck." We're all counting on you.
posted by SansPoint at 11:35 AM on April 17, 2015 [7 favorites]


"Well, I'll give him another twenty minutes, but that's it!"
posted by jeremy b at 11:50 AM on April 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


Golly!
posted by Toubab at 11:50 AM on April 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


That Zero Hour! mashup is amazing.
posted by persona au gratin at 11:50 AM on April 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


This movie was oft-quoted in high school in the 80s. I still have it largely memorized all these years later.
posted by persona au gratin at 11:52 AM on April 17, 2015


My old boss used to have to deal with David Zucker a lot at a charity they were both involved in (Zucker was on the board, my boss was the fundraising consultant.) My boss said it was really frustrating at board meetings because Zucker would just go off on these really funny tangents and my boss had to be the bad guy and reel him in so they could get work done.

This was before David Zucker went right-wing nutso after 9/11, so maybe he's different now? But he is still doing videos for the charity.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 11:56 AM on April 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


Abrahams: He wrote his own lines that were in the Airplane! script.

Oh, it's a big pretty white plane with red stripes, curtains in the windows and wheels and it looks like a big Tylenol!
posted by Navelgazer at 11:57 AM on April 17, 2015 [6 favorites]


OK Now do Top Secret, my favorite Zucker movie and possibly comedy movie of all time.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:01 PM on April 17, 2015 [5 favorites]


We already did Top Secret!
posted by Chrysostom at 12:07 PM on April 17, 2015 [9 favorites]


David Zucker went right-wing nutso after 9/11

Holy cows, that's some sad shit.

On the plus side, George Kennedy is still alive! You go, Ed!
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 12:10 PM on April 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


This film, along with the bulk of 70s television, informed so much of what a young me thought commercial air travel was all about, that by the time I actually got to ride in a plane (mid-1990s) it was a huge disappointment to see how far things had sunk from the glory days of flying as depicted on the screen. The airports were dingier, the seating more cramped, the food was just crappy snack food and cups of soda, they didn't pull down a big screen at the front of the aisle so that everyone could watch a movie, and—biggest bummer of all—none of the planes were equipped with a wee little staircase that spiraled up to a dimly-lit, heavily carpeted bar and lounge where you could hang out and chat up stewardesses over a Dewar's-on-the-rocks.
posted by Atom Eyes at 12:13 PM on April 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


I love the whole bit talking about Leslie Nielsen being a closet comedian. Of course for a while there he became ubiquitous for funny roles, but I can't think of anyone who, after a lifetime of deadly serious roles, earned it more.
posted by JHarris at 12:22 PM on April 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


Atom Eyes -- you can still sorta do it through the Pan Am Experience.
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 12:25 PM on April 17, 2015 [4 favorites]


can't resist.

must....

resist.....


Hello? Hello? Hello?

Echo...Echo...Echo...

Pinch hitting for Pedro Borbón, Manny Mota... Mota...Mota...
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 12:32 PM on April 17, 2015 [8 favorites]


*punches a Hare Krishna*
posted by Greg_Ace at 12:35 PM on April 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


I love the whole bit talking about Leslie Nielsen being a closet comedian.

I love the bit about his fart machine, and how he kept it with him until the end of his life. That really is the kind of joke that only gets better with age.
posted by asperity at 12:38 PM on April 17, 2015


you can still sorta do it through the Pan Am Experience

*drools*
posted by Atom Eyes at 12:39 PM on April 17, 2015


If you are truly nostalgic for this era of flight, also remember: everyone was smoking the whole fucking time in that cabin. I am juuuust old enough to remember that. It was gross. You came out smelling like an ashtray.
posted by emjaybee at 12:40 PM on April 17, 2015 [9 favorites]


There's a sale at Penney's!!
posted by gimonca at 12:45 PM on April 17, 2015 [6 favorites]


maxsparber: “Oh my God. Every time somebody asks me what I make of something, I answer that I can make a hat, or a broach, or a pterodactyl.”
In my circle you can induce gales of laughter just by making the head, neck, and flapping motions with nothing at all in your hand.
posted by ob1quixote at 1:05 PM on April 17, 2015 [6 favorites]


It's an entirely different kind of flying...altogether....
posted by Cookiebastard at 1:18 PM on April 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


It's an entirely different kind of flying.
posted by buzzv at 1:21 PM on April 17, 2015 [5 favorites]


It's an entirely different kind of flying.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 1:21 PM on April 17, 2015 [5 favorites]


Sadly - well, hopefully not too sadly - Kareem Abdul Jabbar underwent a quadruple coronary bypass surgery this week.
posted by desjardins at 1:29 PM on April 17, 2015


It's an entirely different kind of flying.
posted by qcubed 8 minutes ago
posted by buzzv 8 minutes ago
posted by TheWhiteSkull 7 minutes ago


Mono-- D'oh!
posted by Greg_Ace at 1:31 PM on April 17, 2015 [4 favorites]


They bought their tickets, they knew what they were getting into. I say, let 'em crash.
posted by mosk at 1:36 PM on April 17, 2015 [8 favorites]


I love this movie, and it holds up far better than it should. One of my great joys in life was showing this movie to our son when he was just barely old enough to appreciate it (it was right round when he turned 11, IIRC). And even though ~30% of the jokes went over his head, he laughed so hard at the ones that he did get that I felt like Dad of the Year.

There are just so many jokes in this movie, and most of them land really, really well. Especially the random ones -- the spear that comes out of nowhere and strikes the bulletin board in the control room. The National Inquirer (sic) headline ("Boy Trapped in Refrigerator Eats Own Foot!"), and the traditionally-styled rice paper illustration of a crashing plane that hangs behind the Japanese news anchor in the new anchor montage - it's on screen for maybe 5 seconds, and I probably didn't notice it the first 10 times I saw the movie. But my favorite bit of just random mischief might be the images projected behind Robert Stack's car as he's driven to the airport.
posted by mosk at 1:59 PM on April 17, 2015 [8 favorites]


It's kind of amazing, to be honest, how well that movie holds up (and is held in regard)

Especially since the impression the article gives off is that the ZAZ guys were totally inexperienced and they hired a bunch of actors who were also completely green or outright hostile to the whole premise.

Personally, my favorite dumb gag of the whole movie is the prop plane sound effect. It probably took me three or four watches before I even realized there was something off.
posted by backseatpilot at 2:30 PM on April 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


Mayo Clinic. Always.
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 2:38 PM on April 17, 2015 [3 favorites]


Personally, my favorite dumb gag of the whole movie is the prop plane sound effect.

Whoa. In all the times watching the movie, I never picked up on this gag.
posted by Atom Eyes at 3:05 PM on April 17, 2015 [11 favorites]


Every time somebody asks me what I make of something, I answer that I can make a hat, or a broach, or a pterodactyl.

Mrs. Example and I do this constantly, along with answering questions like "What happened?" with "First, the earth cooled. Then the dinosaurs came..."
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 4:03 PM on April 17, 2015 [9 favorites]


Sometimes, I try to favorite posts more than once. It is not possible. But I wish it was.
posted by mumimor at 4:37 PM on April 17, 2015


Our beloved cat Shackleton passed away yesterday, and we're numb with grief. So tonight we're going to watch this for the gabillionth time, just to get some laughter in our bellies.

This one's for the Zipper.
posted by flyingsquirrel at 4:41 PM on April 17, 2015 [18 favorites]


Aw, Shackleton! :(
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 4:44 PM on April 17, 2015 [1 favorite]


potsmokinghippieoverlord thanks - he was actually named by the mefite community in an old AskMe thread four years ago. i've been very, very partial to the blue ever since.
posted by flyingsquirrel at 4:50 PM on April 17, 2015 [4 favorites]


I didn't "get" the "do you like gladiator movies" line until a few years ago.
posted by drezdn at 4:52 PM on April 17, 2015


I love the bit about his fart machine

I was amazed that he had a side gig SELLING them to the rest of the cast & crew.
posted by epersonae at 4:55 PM on April 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


I just want to tell you both "good luck." We're all counting on you.
posted by flatluigi at 5:02 PM on April 17, 2015 [6 favorites]


Every year, my library takes donations for a sale.
This year, Airplane! (Widescreen!) came in the donation pool.
As staff, we are allowed to pick One Thing to Keep and One Thing to Add to the collection (assuming that most folks don't get to add stuff - I buy all the fiction, so..).

Temptation, is what I'm saying. Do I be the sigillite or the evangelist?
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:09 PM on April 17, 2015


I constantly consider typing "Chump don't want no help, chump don't get no help! SHIIIIIT." in an email if people are not being very cooperative. So far I've resisted hitting send, so far.

That and "There's a sale at Penny's!" Gets me every time. Much like Rickman is acting in an entirely different movie in Robin Hood, Stucker's in a realm of his own in Airplane! and it is EXCELLENT.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 5:28 PM on April 17, 2015 [8 favorites]


Do I be the sigillite or the evangelist?

I just want to tell you "good luck." We're all counting on you.
posted by Greg_Ace at 5:43 PM on April 17, 2015 [9 favorites]


Someone asked me recently what my all-time favorite comedy film was and I COULD NOT DECIDE between Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and Airplane! I still can't, really, but now I'm wondering why I own the first two but not the third.

Obligatory quote: "...and Leeeeon's getting laaaarger!"

*flounces off to Amazon*
posted by That's Numberwang! at 6:13 PM on April 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


It's streaming on Netflix.

You know what to do.
posted by Pronoiac at 6:40 PM on April 17, 2015 [7 favorites]


We just watched the entire thing. Utterly hilarious, even (especially?) when feeling grief-stricken. It's just so. damn. good.

"I'll take Ham on five, hold the Mayo."

"At least I have a husband."

"Jim never has a second cup of coffee at home."

"The hell I don't!"

"Ideal for storing leftovers and stretching your food dollar."

And I believe we all like our coffee a certain way.

Special cameo by Jonathan Banks: "What an asshole."

(FWIW, we watched the first half hour of "Blazing Saddles" last night when we were so sad we couldn't see straight (it was exactly what we needed), and tomorrow night, "Young Frankenstein" is on deck. Because he vos my BOYFRIEND.)
posted by flyingsquirrel at 7:31 PM on April 17, 2015 [6 favorites]


No other movie could get away with a turd flying into an electric fan.

My wife is an infectious disease professor and a few years ago I got her to write a question into the final exam: "you're the only physician on a cross country flight. Halfway through the flight, the pilot develops nausea, fever, chills, and profuse sweating after eating the fish. What is the likely pathogen?"
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 8:01 PM on April 17, 2015 [20 favorites]


It's streaming on Netflix.

You know what to do.


Thanks to this thread, I just watched Airplane! for the first time (!) tonight, and it was an excellent decision.
posted by aka burlap at 8:16 PM on April 17, 2015 [14 favorites]


Now, watch it again and be amazed at the jokes you missed the first time.

Repeat this process N times for jokes you missed on the N-1 watchings.
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt at 8:59 PM on April 17, 2015 [7 favorites]


For instance--I never really saw Leave It to Beaver, but growing up, I still understood who June Cleaver was, and to see her speaking Jive (which I don't think younger people really know of, and tbh, I'm too young to really know about it either) was the crux of that entire joke.

I never knew that, it makes the joke better but it's actually a tight as hell bit in its own right. The way she just faaaaades away down the aisle at the end is perfect.
posted by Sebmojo at 9:46 PM on April 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


"He hasn't flown in years, it's not his fault. It could happen to any pilot."
"It happened to Barbara Stanwyck!"
posted by Spatch at 9:53 PM on April 17, 2015 [2 favorites]


Just to reiterate what max and fifteen said above, Stephen Stucker is astoundingly good in this movie as that ridiculous wisecracking air traffic controller, and is probably the single funniest person in it. It's a goddamned shame that he died six years later from complications of AIDS - one of the very first actors with the guts (and it took guts) to admit publicly that he had the disease. He was lost far too young, and whenever people bring up this movie I make an effort to point out that, yeah, Robert Stack and Leslie Neilsen are great and even transcendental, but Stephen Stucker was a revelation.
posted by koeselitz at 12:42 AM on April 18, 2015 [16 favorites]


I just want to tell you "good luck." We're all counting on you.
posted by DoctorFedora at 12:58 AM on April 18, 2015 [3 favorites]


Kentucky Fried Movie is hit-or-miss, but Stephen Stucker is the best part of it.

"Are you aware of the penal code in the state?!?"
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 1:46 AM on April 18, 2015 [1 favorite]


It's a damn good thing you don't know how much he hates your guts.
posted by eriko at 5:41 AM on April 18, 2015 [2 favorites]


They seem to be getting the hang of it.
posted by billder at 12:21 PM on April 18, 2015


Calories from Fat : 390 kcal , 216.7% of Daily Value

Few of us will ever get over Nachos Bellgrande
posted by blueberry at 2:05 PM on April 18, 2015


I know but this guy has no flying experience at all. He's a menace to himself and everything else in the air... yeah, birds too.
posted by Aznable at 4:58 AM on April 19, 2015


I just want to tell you both 'good luck.' We're all counting on you.
posted by flatluigi at 12:12 AM on April 20, 2015 [2 favorites]


I posted this to Facebook, and a friend commented on Airplane's surprising ability to withstand the test of time:
"Airplane! is the Weird Al of movies"
So true.
posted by schmod at 6:13 AM on April 21, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yesterday I was returning from a hike with Mr. Corpse and the little Corpses, and our minivan got stuck in the snow on a forest service road. No cell phone coverage, no tire chains, no shovel -- I know, I know -- and it was starting to snow. It took hours of digging us out with our hands, pieces of wood, and the plastic lid to a sandwich container before we moved even six inches.

Somewhere around hour two Mr. Corpse asked me if the minivan had clearance. My immediate response: "What's our vector, Victor?"

Despite that he didn't leave me on the mountain after we got the car unstuck, so I guess I married the right guy for me.
posted by The corpse in the library at 7:29 PM on April 24, 2015 [5 favorites]


I just want to tell you both 'good luck'. We're all counting on you.
posted by flatluigi at 9:55 PM on May 5, 2015 [5 favorites]


« Older I present to you the top-three mind-blowing...   |   A new wrinkle in "A Wrinkle in Time" Newer »


This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments