Airplane II: The Sequel
Airplane II: The Sequel (titled Flying High II: The Sequel in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, and the Philippines) is a 1982 American parody film written and directed by Ken Finkleman and starring Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Lloyd Bridges, Chad Everett, William Shatner, Rip Torn, and Sonny Bono. A sequel to the 1980 film Airplane!, it was released on December 10, 1982.
|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||Dennis Virkler|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Box office||$27.2 million|
The team who wrote and directed the original Airplane! (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker) had no involvement with this sequel. Paramount, having faced a similar situation with Grease 2 earlier in that year, hired Finkleman, who wrote Grease 2, to write and direct Airplane II as well.
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, does not like what is occurring, but he defers to the airline's management.
On the flight crew are Captain Clarence Oveur, navigator/co-pilot, Unger, and first officer/flight engineer, Dunn. Also on board is computer officer Elaine Dickinson. Elaine has dumped Ted Striker, and is now engaged to one of the flight crew, Simon Kurtz. Ted has in the meantime been committed to an insane asylum. He was declared mentally incompetent in a lawsuit following a test flight that Ted piloted and in which the lunar shuttle crashed. Ted believes that the lawsuit was used to silence him, because he knew there were problems with the lunar shuttle that made it unsafe. He is once more haunted by his actions in "The War" – causing a relapse of his "drinking problem", specifically the events that took place over "Macho Grande", where he lost his entire squadron. When Ted 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. Simon abandons Elaine and leaves in the only escape pod. Once again, Ted is called upon to save the day, but first he has to figure out how to make the computer relinquish control. Steve McCroskey; the air traffic controller, reveals that a passenger, Joe Seluchi, had boarded Mayflower One with a bomb in a briefcase, intending to commit suicide so that his wife can collect on insurance money. Ted manages to wrestle the bomb from Joe, 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, so 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. He has a high level of contempt for Ted 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, Joe looks into the cockpit and asks for his briefcase back.
A postcredit scene shows a screen that says "Coming 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
- Kent McCord as Unger
- James A. Watson Jr. as Dunn
- Wendy Phillips as Mary
- Laurene Landon as Testa
- Sonny Bono as Joe Seluchi
- William Shatner as Commander Buck Murdock
- Raymond Burr as The Judge
- John Vernon as Dr. Stone
- James Noble as Father O'Flanagan
- Jack Jones as Lounge Singer
- John Larch as Prosecuting Attorney
- Lee Bryant as Mrs. Hammen
- John Hancock as Controller #1
- Oliver Robins as Jimmy Wilson
- Louis Giambalvo as Witness
- David Paymer as Court Photographer
- Rick Overton as Clerk
- Sam Anderson as Man in White
- Leon Askin as Moscow Anchorman
- Art Fleming as Game Show Host (reprising the role as the host of Jeopardy!)
- Frank Ashmore as Controller #3
- Pat Sajak as Buffalo Anchorman
- Louise Sorel as Nurse
- Sandahl Bergman as Lieutenant White
- Burke Byrnes as Businessman
- Michael Currie as Businessman #1
- Bruce French as Officer #2
- Richard Gilliland as Pervis
- Hugh Gillin as Texan
- David Leisure as Hallick
- Gail Matthius as Educational Network Woman
- Lee Patterson as Phoenix Six Captain
- Hervé Villechaize as Little Breather
- Lee Purcell as Mrs. Seluchi
- Earl Boen as Doctor
- Joyce DeWitt as Juror
- Cindy Fisher as Forward Passenger
- Monique Gabrielle as Schoolgirl
- Kitten Natividad as Moral Majority Woman
- John Paragon as Economy Flight Attendant
- George Wendt as Ticket Agent
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".
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film received an approval rating of 42% based on 19 reviews, with an average rating of 5.3/10. On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 48 out of 100 based on 9 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
The film opened in the United States the same weekend as The Toy and 48 Hrs. and finished second for the weekend behind The Toy with a gross of $5,329,208 from 1,150 screens. The film's weekend gross dropped 45% the following weekend and went on to gross only $27.2 million in the United States and Canada compared to $83 million for the original.
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