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Story

The legacy of 1980's Airplane! has lasted a long, long time, as this dopey, 1996 comedy demonstrates. Leslie Nielsen, who has made a fortune starring in most of these intermittently inspired spoof movies, plays a secret agent whose code name is WD-40 and whose supervillain nemesis is the armless General Rancor (Andy Griffith). As the battle rages and the sight gags fly (the entrance to a hospital and sanctuary for nuns reads "Our Lady of the Never-Had-the-Pickle Convent"), WD-40 is aided by the beautiful spy 3.14 (Nicolette Sheridan). As always in these things, there are plenty of parodying references to other movies (Pulp Fiction) and tons of cameos (Fabio, Dr. Joyce Brothers, and such). The funniest stuff takes place in the first few minutes as "Weird Al" Yankovic sings the title song. Other than that, this is pretty mediocre. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Leslie NielsenDick Steele
Nicollette SheridanVeronique Ukrinsky
Charles DurningThe Director
Marcia Gay HardenMiss Cheevus
Barry BostwickNorman Coleman
John AlesKabul
Andy GriffithGeneral Rancor
Elya BaskinProfessor Ukrinsky
Mason GambleMcCluckey
Carlos LauchuSlice
Stephanie RomanovVictoria/Barbara Dahl
Joyce BrothersSteele's Tag Team Member
Ray CharlesBus Driver
Hulk HoganSteele's Other Tag Team Member
Roger ClintonAgent Clinton
Robert CulpBusinessman
FabioHimself
Robert GuillaumeAgent Steve Bishop
Pat MoritaBrian
Alexandra PaulWoman in Murphy Bed
Mr. THelicopter Pilot
Alex TrebekAgency Tape Recorder
Taylor NegronPainter
Curtis ArmstrongPastry Chef
Downtown Julie BrownCigarette Girl
Brad GrunbergPostal Worker
Brad GarrettShort Rancor Guard
Bruce GrayThe President
Clyde KusatsuNoggin
Tone LocGangster #1
Talisa SotoSeductress in Hotel Room
'Weird Al' YankovicHimself

7.2

With the end of the "Airplane!" series, I was worried that I wouldn't get to see a...

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Rick Friedberg
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 81 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 24, 1996
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    EuropePG
    AustraliaPG
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 14, 2003
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