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TitleSurely you can't be serious : the true story of Airplane! / David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker ; interviews by Will Harris.
AuthorZucker, David, 1947- author. / Abrahams, Jim, 1944- author. / Zucker, Jerry, author. / Harris, Will (author) interviewer
Call NoHISTORY ZUC
CollectionNF History
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Catalog Details

International Standard Book Number 9781250289315 (hardcover)
International Standard Book Number 1250289319
International Standard Book Number 9781250289322 (ebook)
International Standard Book Number 1250289327
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 791.43/72 23/eng/20230803
Personal Name Zucker, David, 1947- author.
Title Statement Surely you can't be serious : the true story of Airplane! / David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker ; interviews by Will Harris.
Edition Statement First edition.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice New York : St. Martin's Press, 2023.
Physical Description 345 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Content Type text txt rdacontent
Media Type unmediated n rdamedia
Carrier Type volume nc rdacarrier
Formatted Contents Note The premiere -- "Get me Rex Kramer!" -- Kentucky Fried Theater -- Bob and Julie -- Madison -- Leslie -- Dial-A-Fart -- Hollywood -- Stucker -- The Tonight Show -- Zero Hour! -- Landis -- Kentucky Fried Movie -- Beaver's Mom -- The movie business -- Back to the drawing board -- The studios -- Michael Eisner -- Paramount -- Howard -- Kareem -- Culver City Studios -- There are no rules -- Postproduction -- Success at last.
Summary, Etc. "Surely You Can't Be Serious is an in-depth and hysterical look at the making of 1980's comedy classic Airplane! by the legendary writers and directors of the hit film. Airplane! premiered on July 2nd, 1980. With a budget of $3.5 million it went on to make nearly $200 million in sales and has influenced a multitude of comedians on both sides of the camera. Surely You Can't Be Serious is the first-ever oral history of the making of Airplane! by the creators, and of the beginnings of the ZAZ trio (Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker) - charting the rise of their comedy troupe Kentucky Fried Theater in Madison, Wisconsin all the way to premiere day. The directors explain what drew them to filmmaking and in particular, comedy. With anecdotes, behind the scenes trivia, and never-before-revealed factoids - these titans of comedy filmmaking unpack everything from how they persuaded Peter Graves to be in the movie after he thought the script was a piece of garbage, how Lorna Patterson auditioned for the stewardess role in the backseat of Jerry's Volvo, and how Leslie Nielsen's pranks got the entire crew into trouble, to who really wrote the jive talk. The book also features testimonials and personal anecdotes from well-known faces in the film, television, and comedy sphere - proving how influential Airplane! has been from day one. Four decades after its release, Airplane! continues to make new generations laugh. Its many one-liners and visual gags have worked their way into the mainstream culture. This fully organic expansion of the ZAZ trio's fan-base, prompted solely by word-of-mouth, comes as no surprise to longtime fans. When all around us is in flux - laughter is priceless"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Airplane! (Motion picture)
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Motion pictures Production and direction History 20th century. United States
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Parody films History and criticism. United States
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Disaster films Parodies, imitations, etc.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Parodies de films Histoire et critique. âEtats-Unis
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Films-catastrophes Parodies, pastiches, etc.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Cinâema Production et râealisation Histoire 20e siáecle. âEtats-Unis
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term PERFORMING ARTS / Film / Genres / Comedy. bisacsh
Added Entry, Personal Name Abrahams, Jim, 1944- author.
Added Entry, Personal Name Zucker, Jerry, author.
Added Entry, Personal Name Harris, Will (author) interviewer