“Airplane!” is probably the funniest movie Nielsen has ever starred in (unless you’re a die hard fan of his “Naked Gun” trilogy). His role in the film may have been a supporting one, but I can’t remember the last time he made me laugh so hard. The movie spoofs all airport type pictures, and it’s about an ex-fighter pilot who is forced to take over the controls of a plane when the flight crew succumbs to food poisoning. And that’s just the beginning! Full of gags, laughs and an all star cast,”Airplane” was one of the most succesful comedies in the early 80’s, and it’s easy to see why. It’s also the movie that introduced Nielsen as a funny actor, which lead him to star in such hilarious movies as “Dracula: Dead and Loving it”, “The Naked Gun” trilogy, “Wrongfully Accused”, and more recently “Scary movie 4”. He will surely be missed.
Categories: The 80's