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.


Revealing mistake: When Kramer is walking through the airport and all the cult members come after him and he's flipping them behind him, look down to the lower left and you can see the mat they are landing on. (00:54:50)

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Male PA announcer: The red zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in a white zone.
Female PA announcer: No, the white zone is for loading. There is no stopping in the red zone.
Male PA announcer: The red zone has always been for loading.
Female PA announcer: Don't you tell me which zone is for loading and which zone is for unloading.
Male PA announcer: Look Betty - don't start up with your white zone shit again! There is just no stopping in a white zone!
Female PA announcer: Oh really, Vernon? Why pretend? We both know perfectly well what this is about. You want me to have an abortion!
Male PA announcer: It's really the only sensible thing to do, if it's done safely. Therapeutically, there is no danger involved.

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Question: When Over's wife gets the call about her husband's plane having problems, there is a horse in bed with her and she tells the horse to let himself out. This is the only joke in the movie I didn't understand. Is there anybody out there who got the joke and can help me understand it?

Answer: This is a reference to The Godfather, where a character being intimidated by the Mafia wakes up with his prize racehorse's severed head next to him on the bed. For comedy purposes this is twisted by the movie as an implied sexual relationship, when the horse is revealed to be alive.

Answer: This is an inside joke that Mrs. Over is cheating on her husband with a horse.

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