Outdoor Movie: Airplane!
Wed, August 3 2016
Outdoor Film Series
La Peg at FringeArtsMap
Part of the Louis Bluver Outdoor Movie Series.
Films, food, and drink al fresco at our waterfront Haas Biergarten every Wednesday night. Screenings are free! Drinks and food are available for purchase from La Peg.
To increase accessibility for our patrons, English subtitles will be on screen when possible.
Politics shmolitics! Recover from the DNC and forget politics with the first of a two-week pairing of classic comedic parodies known best for their gimmicks and political incorrectness. (August 10: Clue)
This spoof of the Airport series of disaster movies relies on ridiculous sight gags, groan-inducing dialogue, and deadpan acting—a comedy style that would be imitated for the next 20 years. Airplane! pulls out all the clichés as alcoholic pilot Ted Striker (Robert Hays), who’s developed a fear of flying due to wartime trauma, boards a jumbo jet in an attempt to woo back his stewardess girlfriend (Julie Hagerty). Food poisoning decimates the passengers and crew, leaving it up to Striker to land the plane, with the help of a glue-sniffing air traffic controller (Lloyd Bridges) and Striker’s vengeful former captain (Robert Stack), who must talk him down. Along the way, we meet a clutch of stock disaster movie passengers like the guitar-strumming nun, a sick little girl, a frightened old lady, and two African-American travelers whose “jive” has to be subtitled. Leslie Nielsen portrays the plane’s doctor, launching a new phase of the actor’s career that carried him through the next two decades in several similarly comedic roles.