Wednesday, July 28, 2010


This summer marks major anniversaries for a Blockbuster full of classic movies ("Back to the Future" just turned 25, belive it or not), but surely few hold up as well as "Airplane," which celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer.

It's true -- and don't call me Shirley.

How many flicks are quoted as often as 1980's "Airplane," the spoof of those uber-serious "Airport" movies? Well, maybe "Caddyshack," but come on -- think of the dozens of lines and scenes from "Airplane" that deserve a place in the Movie Quote Hall of Fame. Seriously -- I checked out IMDB's memorable quotes page, and my laptop started to smoke. Surely you remember these:

Barbara Billingsley stepping in to help: "Oh, Stewardess, I speak jive."

Captain Oveur and Roger Murdock doing a "Who's on First?" routine: "We have clearance, Clarance." "Roger, Roger. What's our vector, Victor?"

Just about anything Leslie Nielsen says: "It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now."

Definitely anything Stephen Stucker (Johnny) says: "This? Why, I can make a hat or a brooch or a pterodactyl..."

We could keep going, but the Internet might run out. For a more in-depth trip down memory lane, check out the Huffington Post's recent tribute to this classic flick.

What's your favorite "Airplane" memory?

1 comment:

Mike said...

I have to pick one?

"Have you ever been in a Turkish Prison?

Peter Graves was great in that movie. Maybe a better straight man than Leslie Nielson was in that movie.