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Airplane!
(1980)
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1997 Bootleg
2005 Bootleg
Album 2 Cover Art
2009 La-La Land
Album 3 Cover Art
Composed and Conducted by:

Orchestrated by:
David Spear

2009 Album Produced by:
Dan Goldwasser
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Bootleg
(1997)

Bootleg
(2005)

La-La Land Records
(May 19th, 2009)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
There has never been a commercial CD release of Airplane!. The 1997 bootleg was released under the 'Jaws 80.78.97' label and sold from soundtrack specialty outlets for upwards of $40. The 2005 bootleg is a rip from the isolated DVD score. The 2009 La-La Land album was limited to 3,000 copies and, despite selling out from the label quickly, remained available at soundtrack specialty outlets for some time after.
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   Availability | Viewer Ratings | Comments | Audio & Track Listings | Notes
Buy it... on either the 2005 bootleg or the 2009 limited album if you seek an adequate survey of this humorous and popular Elmer Bernstein parody score in very strong sound quality.

Avoid it... on the original 1997 bootleg at all costs (due to atrocious sound quality) or if you expect, despite all logic in this case, to hear anything resembling a consistent listening experience through dozens of short, genre-defying cues.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #557
WRITTEN 10/16/97, REVISED 7/12/09
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Airplane!: (Elmer Bernstein) The ultimate anthology of cliches from classic comedy films, Airplane! is a production that defied the direction of modern comedies in an era when the genre was dominated by the kind of satirical and cynical ideas of Woody Allen. The object of this parody was the rash of airplane horror films that arose with Airport and lasted through all the variants of its sequels, as well as Paramount's own Zero Hour from 1957. The trick to Airplane! that made it such a fantastic parody was its purely unashamed use of sophomoric humor, with jokes so dumb and tasteless that they actually became funny in unison. So predictable (and successful, grossing upwards of $100 million) was the 1980 film that it led to its own sequel, though the original Airplane! will be long remembered for, among other things, changing how people react to the word "surely." Composer Elmer Bernstein was at a point in his career when his comedy-writing skills were in high demand. The early 1980's are recalled by Bernstein collectors as the era of Airplane!, Trading Places, and Ghostbusters, a trend that somewhat baffled those collectors and even occasionally the composer himself. His vast experience in action and Western scores from the 1960's, however, would prove to serve him well when writing these more ridiculous parody scores, of which Airplane! is likely the crowning achievement. Underneath the comedy is an airborne horror plot that Bernstein uses to insert a plethora of militaristic action motifs, and the love story between the lead stewardess and a former pilot who has lost his wits allows the composer to expand on some of his sappy romance writing. The key to the enduring popularity of this score rests in Bernstein's proper decision (as is often the case in similar films with effective scores) to handle the story as though it were completely serious. Interspersed throughout the score are references, for instance, to John Williams' theme for Jaws, which was a highly popular tactic for films to take in the late 1970's.

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242 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.58 Stars
***** 90 5 Stars
**** 55 4 Stars
*** 38 3 Stars
** 25 2 Stars
* 34 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1997 Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 64:40
Airplane!:
• 1. (2:26)
• 2. (2:42)
• 3. (2:56)
• 4. (2:58)
• 5. (2:51)
• 6. (2:30)
• 7. (2:10)
• 8. (1:37)
• 9. (1:26)
• 10. (3:15)
• 11. (2:49)
• 12. (2:22)
• 13. (2:10)
• 14. (1:52)
• 15. (1:06)
• 16. (3:47)
Little Women:
• 17. Suite I (7:19)
• 18. Suite II (6:25)
• 19. Suite III (11:16)
No track titles
2005 Bootleg Tracks   ▼Total Time: 45:06
2009 La-La Land Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 52:21

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NOTES AND QUOTES
Neither bootleg's insert includes extra information about the score or film. The 2009 La-La Land album contains extensive notation about both the film and score.
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