Trivia: One of the special thanks in the end credits is to the Argon Oil Company, a fictional company in another ZAZ movie, "Kentucky Fried Movie". Argon is actually an elemental gas. (01:26:50)

Trivia: The credits list "generally in charge of a lot of things" as one of the job titles. (01:26:00)

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Trivia: Towards the end of the credits, there is a paragraph that states "Unauthorized duplication, distribution, or exhibition may result in civil liability and criminal prosecution. SO THERE." (01:27:05)

Jackie Menechino

Trivia: At the end, the plane hits a radio station antenna. The radio station is WZAZ. That's because this was a Zucker Abrams Zucker movie. (01:14:15)

Trivia: Deliberate joke, but not one everyone immediately picks up on: Throughout the entire movie when the outside of the plane is shown the sound heard is one of a propeller driven aircraft, yet the one pictured is a jet.

Trivia: Otto the autopilot resided in Jerry Zucker's garage after making the movie, but by 1997 had disintegrated and was thrown out.


Trivia: The Zuckers' mother makes a cameo as the woman who is trying to put on makeup as the plane gets jolted around. (00:42:10 - 00:58:10)


Trivia: After the end credits, there is a scene where you see the taxi cab, still waiting at the airport.

Jackie Menechino

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Trivia: Director Jim Abrahams has two roles in this movie. The first role was that of the bicycle rider that yells back at Kramer after Kramer hits him on the road. He also plays a role as a solicitor at the airport. He is the one who pauses after seeing how Kramer is treating the other solictors. (00:52:10 - 00:54:55)

Paul Pepiton

Trivia: Charles Dickens' name and his book "A Tale Of Two Cities" appears in the end credits. (01:26:20)

Trivia: While the film is a parody of many of the 70's disaster movies, including the Airport film series, it's mainly a parody of the film Zero Hour! In fact, the creators bought the rights to the screenplay Zero Hour! and kept many of the plots and character names, and even dialog. Arthur Hailey who wrote Zero Hour! also wrote the Airport series.


Trivia: All of Johnny's lines were ad-libbed by Stephen Stucker.

Trivia: David and Jerry Zucker have cameo roles as ground crewmen, who accidentally cause a jumbo jet to crash into an airport terminal.

Trivia: Much of the jive talk between the two black passengers was improvised.


Trivia: The coffee scene with the two children is a parody of a similar scene from the 1958 film Crash Landing.


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Revealing mistake: In the dance sequence, we see Elaine twirling Ted around and throwing him into the crowd. Watch the top-right-corner of your screen, as the stunt-double lands in the audience you can see Robert Hays (Ted Striker) in the top-right-corner waiting to pop out. (00:19:10)

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Rumack: I am serious, and don't call me Shirley.

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Question: Captain Oveur was saying things to Joey. What I didn't understand is the jokes behind the lines "Have you ever been in a Turkish Prison" and "Do you like movies about gladiators." What are the jokes behind these? Please explain. Thank-you.


Chosen answer: All of his questions to Joey are filled with homosexual innuendos; the perverted captain is trying to see if Joey has any such tendencies. In a Turkish prison, men who are sexually frustrated will resort to "companionship" with other men (even forcefully). Movies about gladiators depict ripped, muscular men, and the question about seeing a "grown man naked" obviously fits the pattern.

Matty Blast

The gladiator reference is about Spartacus. There is a scene in there about homosexuality.

What scene are you talking about? If you mean the "snails and oysters" scene, that was not part of the movie until it was restored in 1991.

Answer: I believe this joke is just to make the watcher extremely uncomfortable and it works great.

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