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Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)

A faulty computer causes a passenger space shuttle to head straight for the Sun. Can Ted Striker save the day and get the shuttle back on track - again?

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Ken Finkleman

Writer:

Ken Finkleman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lloyd Bridges ... Steve McCroskey
Raymond Burr ... The Judge
Chuck Connors ... The Sarge
Rip Torn ... Bud Kruger
John Dehner ... The Commissioner
Chad Everett ... Simon Kurtz
Peter Graves ... Captain Clarence Oveur
Julie Hagerty ... Elaine Dickinson
Robert Hays ... Ted Striker
Kent McCord ... Unger
James A. Watson Jr. ... Dunn
William Shatner ... Commander Buck Murdock
Stephen Stucker Stephen Stucker ... Jacobs / Courtroom Clerk
John Vernon ... Dr. Stone
Al White ... Witness
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Storyline

Years have passed since Ted Striker heroically saved many lives by avoiding a plane crash. Working as a test pilot for a new Lunar Shuttle, he gets innocently sent into a mental ward after a crash of the badly constructed, computer-navigated spaceship. When he hears that the exactly same type of shuttle is scheduled for a moon flight soon, he breaks out to hinder the launch. Aboard, Ted finds his ex-ex Elaine Dickinson working as stewardess again and her fiancé Simon, a member of the committee that wants the Mayflower I to be launched. In flight, the ship's computer ROK 9000 takes control, killing the crew. Ted and Elaine manage to switch it off, and now it is up to Ted again to save the passengers' lives - if there only wouldn't be these flashbacks to the war and these people who know Ted and have no faith in his abilities at all. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Just when you thought it safe to go back into the departure lounge. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flying High II See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,329,208, 12 December 1982

Gross USA:

$27,150,534

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,150,534
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The fast repeated electronic bleeping noise, used several times during the movie, is the sound of an Atari home computer loading from a disk drive. See more »

Goofs

A moon shuttle couldn't possibly have enough fuel to head into the sun. You can't "fall" into the sun without zeroing out the momentum of the orbit of the Earth around it. See more »

Quotes

Steve McCroskey: [after hearing Striker on the radio] A man - now that's more like it.
[to the radio]
Steve McCroskey: Come in Mayflower 1, give me your name and position.
Striker: My name's Striker and I'm sitting down and facing front. Why would you want to know that?
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Gaffer (What's a Gaffer?) ... Larry Gilhooly See more »

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The original UK cinema version was cut for a PG certificate by the BBFC to remove the shot of Elaine smoking a reefer in the cockpit. The cut was restored in all later 15-rated video releases. See more »

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Think Music
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Lunatic spoof with numberless comedy set pieces
18 August 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Sequel with similar elements and characters to the predecessor . Someone roles repeat their craziness , thus , Julie Haggerty as the hostess , Robert Hays who's at the beginning in the ¨Ronald Reagan psychiatric hospital¨ , Peter Graves with his children' desires and the nutty air controller Lloyd Bridges . The film refers about the first journey headed to the moon by means of the space shuttle ¨The Mayflower I ¨.

Hilarious as well as silly spoof is loaded with nutty situations , irony , slapdash , slapstick , comedy with tongue-in-cheek , bad taste jokes , rapid flash thrilling choreography , funny situations and with a distinctly American sense of humor . As always , the cinematic references are numerous : ¨2001, space odyssey ¨ with a computer type ¨Hal¨, ¨Star Trek¨ with the intervention of William Shatner , ¨Mission impossible¨ with the acting by Peter Graves and the musical theme composed by Lalo Schifrin , ¨ET¨ with the likable creature made by Carlo Rambaldi doing a home phone call , ¨Star Wars¨ that since introducing titles the mentions are continued and , of course , ¨ Airport I ¨¨ which the allusions are sometimes copied . The film is an ¨Airport¨ spoof , the parody is hilarious , surrealist , extreme and gross-out but is also clever and bald . There're gags each twenty seconds , from start to finish , humor and laughters are interminable . The picture will appeal to wacky and absurd comedy fans . This film was created with the obligation that its creative team return for a third installment . Expectations were so high that the next film was promised at the end of the credits of this one , when the film was released to mediocre box office , plans for Airplane III was doomed . Rating : Average but entertaining and funny .


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