“Is There A Pilot On Board?” Best Aeroplane Scenes Ever…

January 14, 2010 by  
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FC2If you’re heading to the cinema this weekend there’s a chance that you might end up listening to George Clooney get excited about his precious air miles in Up In The Air.

But the movie made us realise that some of the finest film-making has been achieved in carbon-spouting – and often terrorist stricken – passenger jets.

We all remember Steven Seagall’s hilarious death at the start of Executive Decision, we were touched by those poor Argentinian rugby players who had to gobble each other after their plane crashed in the Andes, and there will probably be tears in our eyes when B A Barracus finally boards a flight without being shouted at by Murdoch in the new A-TEAM.

In the spirit of all this aviation, we present some our favourite mile-high movie scenes…

“But surely you can’t be serious…”

Although many argue that this is the funniest line in cinema history, Airplane! was so good that you could just as easily make a case for it not even being the best line in this film.

It spawned a series of tributes, not least this pathetic attempt from Steve Carell’s character in the US version of The Office (which was actually a decent show).


Indy Leaves A Handy Dotted Line For Baddies To Follow…

Despite his apparent invincibility, Henry Jones Jr never seemed to be unable to escape those damn Nazi’s (“I hate these guys…”)

We think his penchant for leaving clear directions for his pursuers with a red marker pen might have been the reason for this, surely if he had covered his tracks a little better he could have found the Ark, gone to patch things up with Marion and been back at college in time to finish his lesson plan before bed time. But it wouldn’t have been a very good film.

The genuine clip of said montage is sadly unavailable, but that hasn’t stopped some creative computer boffins mocking up their own versions. This is one of the best…

John McClane Creates An Everlasting Catchphrase…

This scene pretty much speaks for itself. Don’t mess with John McClane. Ever.

“I make and I sell soap…”

The audience thinks the narrator has just met a nice salesman, but it turns out that… well you know. Tyler Durden was probably the coolest film character to arrive on our screens since Clint Eastwood hung up his holster, and he had the exact same briefcase as our neurotic storyteller. Hmmm…

Samuel L Jackson Loses Temper, Snakes Have Bad Day…

In this film (with a title that leaves little to the imagination) some crim trys to kill a trial witness by… putting a load of snakes on his flight to LA. Imaginative yet quite impractical we think you’ll agree.

However they hadn’t bargained on the intervention of bible-quoting jedi Samuel L Jackson…

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