I had to think about this, probably more than I had to think about the Bill Murray poll. The obvious first choices for me were Captain Oveur or Dr. Rumack, but after careful consideration I had to go with Johnny. He delivers nothing but one liners throughout the greater part, if not all, of the movie. Each one of them is hysterical. I think he's the most underrated of the group and has the best lines.
Johnny - "Where did you get that dress, it's awful, and those shoes and that coat, jeeeeez!"
I went with other, and I can't even quote it.
It's whatever Barbara Billingsley (the Beaver's mom) said to the Jive Dudes. The Jive Dudes didn't deliver the punch line; the Beave's mom did.
I went with Johnny under the assumption that he was the one who said "Heath, Nick, Jarrod, the barn's on fire!" But it's been over 10 years since I last watched it, so my memory is a little fuzzy about the names.
Come on folks... McCroskey all the way!
"Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue."
I also like the overhead announcer at the airport. Flight ? (can't remember the number) is now arriving at gate 14, gate 16, gate 18, etc.
"Over Mucho Grande?"
"No. I don't think I'll ever get over Mucho Grande." (sp).
Also, from Airplane II (or was it one?):
Striker: “We’re coming in low.
The Girl: “Low? Is that dangerous?”
Striker (dramatically): “No. It’s just something you have to do…………..when you land.”
"Would you like cream and sugar?"
"No, thank you. I like mine black. Like my men."
"We're gonna have to blow the computer."
"You mean, blow R.O.C.?"
[Smiley face on R.O.C.]
But as far as scenes go, I have to go with when Striker "teaches" the natives to play basketball. "I started them off on basic, rudimentary skills, and before long, they were really getting the hang of it." (as they are doing 360 double dunks, etc.)
You're all right! Airplane! is easily one of the most quotable, delightful, enjoyable, wonderful, hilarious movies of our times. I work with a guy, we'll call him Dingus, and he doesn't think the movie is fun at all. We'd drop lines from the movie in meetings, start off the bad days talking about quitting sniffing glue and ending with quitting amphetamines, and Dingus will just sit the blank faced and clueless. "Why is everyone laughing?". So I gave him homework and told him to go watch the movie on the weekend. He did. He came back to work and said "I don't get it."
Ladies and gentlemen, Dingus.
I agree with Lavabe. The Beavers mom with "Excuse me stewardess, I speak Jive" and something to the extend of "Jive as$ turkey doesn't know @#%% anyway". The fact that it was June Cleaver made it so much better.
McCroskey just picked the wrong week to quit everything.
Andre Dawkins: “People ask me if I can still shoot, and I ask them if they can still breathe. That’s kind of the same thing.”
hmm... this might not be the best thread to admit that I still haven't seen this movie in its entirety...