Featuring Robert Hays as an ex-fighter pilot forced to take over the controls of an airliner when the flight crew succumbs to food poisoning; Julie Hagerty as his girlfriend/ stewardess/ co-pilot; and a cast of all-stars including Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, Leslie Nielsen, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar…and more! Their hilarious high jinks spook airplane disaster flicks, religious zealots, television commercials, romantic love…the list whirls by in rapid succession. And the story races from one moment of zany fun to the next!
So many funny phrases from this brilliant script have stayed around. Surely you can't be serious, yes I am and don't call me Shirley. The silliness is sustained with great force and superb acting, there are few actors who can make this farcical daftness work without it becoming pathetic. There are 2 sequels both great but could not have worked without Nielsen.