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Travel Movie Tuesday: The Genius of 'Airplane!'

May 20, 2014 at 10:59 AM | by | ()

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

The first travel-themed film that comes to mind is the great comedy, Airplane!. The 1980 spoof on disaster flicks of the decade had audiences laughing and blushing until the credits rolled. The parody stars Robert Hays and Julie Hagerty as former lovers tasked with landing a disabled plane with the help of Leslie Nielsen, Robert Stack, and Kareem Abdul Jabar.

Ted Striker (played by Hays), a former fighter pilot who developed a fear of flying during the war, boards a Boeing 707 from Los Angeles to Chicago on fictitious Trans America Airlines to win the heart of Ellen (played by Hagerty). After a mechanical issue, Striker conquers his fear and steps up to save the doomed flight, all the while producing some fine one-liners and funny moments.

The film serves as a snapshot of flying in America during this time, complete with airport Hare Krishnas, gigantic economy seats, smoking sections, and hysterical passengers dressed to fly. With airport shots filmed in Los Angeles International Airport and the cabin a replica of the aircraft of the day, audiences are treated with a "who's-on-first" cockpit exchange and a genius take on the brace position.

Thankfully air travel only occasionally reminds us of this goofy story. If may not make you want to book a ticket, but you will laugh. Incidentally, an equally silly sequel, Airplane II, was released two years later.

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