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With the remake of The Poseidon Adventure hitting theaters this week, 80s fans have to be reminded of one of the greatest tragedy spoofs of all time: Airplane!

So groundbreaking was this 1980 comedy that writers/directors Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker (who appear in cameos as the ground crew that directs a plane into a terminal window) had to pitch the movie as "Animal House in an airplane" so that the studio could comprehend the idea.

There's so much bizarre history associated with the making of the movie that we could fill up pages with trivia, including: Did you know David Letterman tried out for the role of Ted Stryker? This is the last movie appearance for Ethel Merman ("You'll be swell, you'll be great. Gonna have the whole world on a plate...") Jill Whelan, who played the sick little girl, is better known as the daughter of Capt. Stubing on The Love Boat. And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's part was originally supposed to be played by Pete Rose.

A new version of the movie on DVD -- the "Don't Call Me Shirley" edition -- was released last year, so fans are free to run out and enjoy again such classic lines as:

-- "Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?"
-- "Flying a plane is no different than riding a bicycle, just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes."
-- "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue."
-- "There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?"

What's your favorite quote from the movie? Leave us the quote in a comment and we'll list our top 10 quotes during our upcoming Airplane! episode of the Stuck in the 80s podcast.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:18pm]


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