5 Best ‘Airplane’ Movie Quotes

"Airplane" is a comedy classic, which is why all guys should know the 5 best "Airplane" movie quotes. Not only will these quotes make you funnier, but also more sophisticated as well. That's the benefit of being able to quote movies made before 1990. If you are ready to become cultured and hilarious, read on to see the 5 best "Airplane" movie quotes.

  1.  "Let's see… altitude: 21,000 feet. Speed: 520 knots. Level flight. Course: zero-niner-zero. Trim and mixture: wash, soak, rinse, spin." – Ted Striker (Robert Hays) This line sums up "Airplane" pretty well. It was the beginning of the nonsequitur style of comedy that has become so popular today. Basically, "Airplane" was ahead of it's time.
  2. "It was a rough place – the seediest dive on the wharf. Populated with every reject and cutthroat from Bombay to Calcutta. It's worse than Detroit." – Ted Striker  Detroit is a comedy staple when it comes to terrible places. Hey, you might be knee deep in crap and not have running water, but at least it's not Detroit, right? It's the little throwaway jokes such as this one that make "Airplane" a classic.
  3.  "There's no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you'll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?" – Elaine Dickinson (Julie Hagerty) This might be the least successful example of a stewardess reassuring passengers on a plane. The fact that she tries to casually add on the fact that they need to find somebody to land the plane is what makes this exchange so entertaining. Of course this announcement leads to some commotion on board the plane, and just opens the comedy floodgates.
  4. "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit amphetamines." – Steve McCroskey (Lloyd Bridges) The progression leading up to this quote is what makes it so funny. Throughout the movie the situation gets worse as everyone is trying to keep the plane from crashing. Steve McCroskey is the air traffic controller trying to keep everything safe. It is also revealed that this is the day he has decided to give up smoking, drinking, sniffing glue, and finally amphetamines. That's what is known as bad timing.
  5. "I am serious… and don't call me Shirley" – Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielson) This is probably the most memorable quote from "Airplane." When Dr. Rumack asks Ted Striker if he can fly the plane, Striker responds, "Surely you can't be serious." Rumack sums up the feel of the movie with the above quote. It is just a ridiculous thing to say during a ridiculous situation. The pure absurdity of it all is what makes "Airplane" such a hilarious movie.
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