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A kinky inflatable pilot flies ĎAirplane!í with Julie Hagerty and Robert Hays.
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When it came out in 1980, Airplane! was considered frenetically paced for a comedy film. Now it plays at about the same rate as most lowbrow spoofs that Hollywood puts out these days, though itís still far superior to most of the junky movies that it spawned. (In fact, Jim Abrahams and David Zucker, two of the movieís co-writers and -directors, were last seen in charge of the Scary Movie franchise.)

Though it takes its plot about a plane whose crew is struck down by food poisoning from a 1957 thriller called Zero Hour, the movie is best understood as a parody of star-studded late-1970s disaster epics, as well as the launching pad for Leslie Nielsenís second career as a deadpan comic actor. You donít have to know any of that, however, to appreciate the absurd gags and situations stuffed into every corner of the film. Thereís the shot of the nun reading Boyís Life magazine, followed by a shot of a boy reading Nunís Life. That same boy later recognizes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar playing the co-pilot and gets the NBA star to break character. The movie screens Sunday at Fort Worth Central Public Library, giving you a chance to relive Peter Graves revealing his interest in gladiator movies, Barbara Billingsley talking jive, Robert Hays outdoing John Travolta on the disco floor, and all the rest. Oh, and thereís a reference to Gerald Ford that plays rather unfortunately now. Try to ignore that.

Airplane! screens at 2pm Sun at Fort Worth Central Public Library, 500 W 3rd St, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-877-7701.


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