Airplane on #laughbreak takes you back to 1980

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Airplane’s Funniest Scenes on #laughbreak

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The entire Airplane! franchise brought in hundreds of millions of dollars during its heyday back in the early 80’s.

For this episode of #laughbreak, we’re going to back, back into time, all the way back to 1980 for the original Airplane! that started it all.

To understand Airplane!, you have to understand those responsible for it and so many other movies they’ve done  since then.

Jim Abrahams and his friends David and Jerry Zucker knew each other during their childhood years.  They grew up in Shorewood Wisconsin.

While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, they created a the Kentucky Fried Theater in 1971.  The small theater would lead to their 1977 film which you can watch HERE

From their, they went on to the successful Airplane! franchise along with others including The Naked Gun and more.

So now, it’s 1980, Airplane! is ready for production starring Leslie Nielsen, Robert Hays, Julie Haggertty and a supporting cast that included Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges and more.

Zucker and Abrams made the film as a parody of the disaster film genre, particularly the 1957 Paramount film Zero Hour!, from which it borrows the plot and the central characters, as well as many elements from Airport 1975 and other films in the Airport film series.

It’s a one-liner’s paradise loaded with surreal humor, fast-paced slapstick comedy, including visual and verbal puns, gags, and obscure jokes that, if you’ve watched 100 times like we have, you get.

The movie cost less than four million dollars to make and did almost 160 million dollars at the box office that year.

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