Airplane II: The Sequel
|Airplane II: The Sequel|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Ken Finkleman|
|Produced by||Howard W. Koch|
|Written by||Ken Finkleman|
|Music by||Elmer Bernstein
|Edited by||Tina Hirsch|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||85 minutes|
Airplane II: The Sequel (titled Flying High II: The Sequel in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, and the Philippines) is a 1982 sequel to the 1980 American comedy film Airplane!. First released on December 10, 1982, the film was written and directed by Ken Finkleman and stars Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Chad Everett, William Shatner, Rip Torn, and Sonny Bono. The team that wrote and directed the original Airplane! (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker) had no involvement whatsoever with this sequel.
In the near future, the Moon has been colonized and supports a station on its surface. A lunar shuttle known as Mayflower One is being rushed to launch from Houston. The head of the ground crew, The Sarge (Chuck Connors), does not like what is occurring, but he defers to the airline's management.
On the flight crew are Captain Clarence Oveur (Peter Graves), Navigator Dunn (James A. Watson, Jr.) and First Officer Dave Unger (Kent McCord). Also on board is computer officer Elaine Dickinson (Julie Hagerty). Elaine has long since left Ted Striker (Robert Hays) and is now engaged to one of the flight crew, Simon Kurtz (Chad Everett). Striker has in the meantime been committed to an insane asylum, as he was declared mentally incompetent in a lawsuit following a test flight that Ted piloted and in which the lunar shuttle crashed. Striker believes that the lawsuit was used to silence him, because he knew there were problems with the lunar shuttle that made it unsafe, and he is once more haunted by his actions in "The War", specifically the events that took place over "Macho Grande", where he lost his entire squadron. When Striker reads of the upcoming lunar shuttle launch, he escapes the asylum and buys a ticket for the flight.
During the flight, Mayflower One suffers a short circuit, causing the artificially intelligent computer ROK to go insane and send the ship toward the Sun. Unger and Dunn try to deactivate the computer but are blown out of an airlock. Oveur tries to stop ROK, but the computer gasses him. Kurtz abandons Elaine and leaves in the only escape pod. Once again, Striker is called upon to save the day, but first he has to figure out how to make the computer relinquish control. Steve McCroskey (Lloyd Bridges), the air traffic controller, reveals that a passenger named Joe Seluchi (Sonny Bono) had boarded Mayflower One with a bomb in a briefcase, intending to commit suicide so that his wife can collect on insurance money. Striker manages to wrestle the bomb from Seluchi and uses it to blow up ROK and set course for the Moon as originally intended.
Using the bomb to destroy the computer causes collateral damage to the shuttle, meaning the flight is not out of danger yet. On the way to the Moon, control of the flight is shifted to a lunar base, commanded by Commander Buck Murdock (William Shatner). He has a high level of contempt for Striker because of Macho Grande, but agrees to help anyway. They manage to land the craft on the Moon. Ted and Elaine fall back in love and are married at the end. After the wedding, Seluchi looks into the cockpit and asks for his briefcase back.
A post-credit scene shows a screen that says "From Paramount Pictures: "Airplane III"". Murdock is then seen saying "That's exactly what they'll be expecting us to do!"
- Robert Hays as Ted Striker
- Julie Hagerty as Elaine Dickinson
- Lloyd Bridges as Steve McCroskey
- Chad Everett as Simon Kurtz
- Peter Graves as Captain Clarence Oveur
- Rip Torn as Bud Kruger
- John Dehner as The Commissioner
- Chuck Connors as The Sarge
- Richard Jaeckel as Controller #2
- Stephen Stucker as Jacobs / Courtroom Clerk
- Kent McCord as First Officer Unger
- James A. Watson, Jr. as Navigator Dunn
- Wendy Phillips as Mary
- Laurene Landon as Testa
- Sonny Bono as The Bomber ('Joe Seluchi')
- William Shatner as Commander Buck Murdock
- Raymond Burr as The Judge
- John Vernon as Dr. Stone
- John Larch as Prosecuting Attorney
- Lee Bryant as Mrs. Hammen
- Oliver Robins as Jimmy Wilson
- David Paymer as Court photographer
- Rick Overton as Clerk
- Leon Askin as Moscow anchorman
- Art Fleming as Game Show Host
- Pat Sajak as Buffalo anchorman
- Louise Sorel as Nurse
- Sandahl Bergman as Officer #1
- Michael Currie as Businessman #1
- Lee Patterson as Phoenix Six Captain
- Jack Jones as Lounge Singer
- Herve Villechaize as Little Breather
- George Wendt (uncredited) as Ticket agent
In comparison to its predecessor, Airplane II: The Sequel received generally mixed reviews from critics. Variety magazine commented that "It can't be said that Airplane II is no better or worse than its predecessor. It is far worse, but might seem funnier had there been no original." Roger Ebert gave the film two out of four stars, saying it "never really seems to know whether it's about a spaceship. It's all sight gags, one-liners, puns, funny signs and scatological cross-references."
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