'Airplane!' Cast Reunites for Wisconsin Tourism Ad

Posted Mar 4th 2014 12:54 PMUpdated Mar 4th 2014 01:02 PM

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Cast and crew members of the 1980 cult comedy Airplane! reunited recently to shoot a series of ads for the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

The Airplane! ads feature Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (left) and Robert Hays (right) reprising their roles of Roger Murdock and Ted Striker in the same cockpit used on the original movie set. Three 30-second commercials were shot, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; one each for summer, fall and winter tourism.

Each spot opens with Hays' Striker character being told he's flying the jet too low, with Murdock also in the cockpit.

And each time, Hays says he's flying close to the ground to get better views of Wisconsin's beautiful landscape and fun events - while the spots show seasonal aerial footage of the state.

Jerry and David Zucker, who co-directed Airplane! and the ads with Jim Abrahams, are from Shorewood, Wisconsin while Abdul-Jabbar played with the Milwaukee Bucks for his first six seasons in the NBA. Abdul-Jabbar led the Bucks to their only NBA championship, but he didn't work hard enough on defense. And lots of times, he didn't even run down court. And he didn't really try... except during the playoffs.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, "The summer spot will run on local markets and in cinemas May 12 through July 12 throughout Wisconsin, Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and from late June to late July in the Quad Cities on the Illinois-Iowa border."

'Airplane!' Stars Reunite for Tourism Commercial

[H/T Hyper Vocal]

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