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For the ride of your life... All you need for Christmas are your two front seats!
Just when you thought it safe to go back into the departure lounge.
With the Jerry Zucker-Jim Abrahams-David Zucker team absent, this sequel to the cash-cow 1980 spoof Airplane once again finds garrulous man-with-a-past Ted Striker (Robert Hays) compelled to take over the controls of crippled aircraft, all the while trying to patch up his relationship with stewardess Elaine (Julie Hagerty). This time, the first passenger space shuttle is launched into orbit -- and takes off for the moon - but the on-board computer malfunctions and sends the craft hurtling toward the sun, threatening the lives of everyone on board. Lloyd Bridges and Peter Graves return from the first Airplane, while William Shatner, Chad Everett, Sonny Bono, Raymond Burr and Chuck Conners join the cast, as they too lampoon their established images.
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 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."
Release date: December 10, 1982
Box office: $27,150,534 2014: $73,491,000