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Abrahams, Jim 1944-

Overview
Works: 133 works in 592 publications in 9 languages and 8,828 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Comedy films  Parody films  Parodies, imitations, etc  Horror films  Disaster films  Spy films  Film sequels  War films  Caper films 
Roles: Director, Author of screenplay, Scenarist, Actor, Author, Performer, Film editor, Producer, fmd
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works about Jim Abrahams
 
Most widely held works by Jim Abrahams
Airplane! by Jim Abrahams( Visual )

82 editions published between 1980 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 2,551 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this spoof of disaster movies, Ted Striker, an ex-Navy pilot, just got dumped by his long-time girlfriend Elaine Dickinson, who works as a stewardess. In his wish to get her back, he follows her aboard a plane, although he has had a deep aversion against anything winged since he lost several men in the war. During flight, he tries to make up with her again and again, but a crisis looms as the crew and many passengers get seriously ill due to a bad fish meal. Now, it is up to him to land the airplane safely, before the poisoning starts causing casualties. But Ted Striker's aversion to piloting is a serious psychosis, which breaks open and needs to be cured--right now
Hot shots! by Jim Abrahams( Visual )

81 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in 11 languages and held by 1,252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Former renegade pilot Topper Harley (Charlie Sheen) is coaxed out of retirement in a Buddhist temple by a beautiful CIA agent to undertake a do-or-die mission to rescue U.S. hostages in Iraq. Topper and his Hot Shots follow an action-packed trail booby-trapped with spoofs of Apocalypse now and the Rambo movies and filled with famous faces in hilarious cameos
The Naked gun : from the files of Police squad!( Visual )

14 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 714 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Those screw-loose "Airplane!" creators have done it again! Leslie Nielsen stars as Police Squad's own granite-jawed, rock-brained cop Frank Drebin, who bumbles across a mind control scheme to assassinate Queen Elizabeth
Top secret! by Jim Abrahams( Visual )

52 editions published between 1984 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The second of Zucker-Abraham-Zucker's theatrical-feature spoofs (Airplane was the first, discounting the patchwork Kentucky Fried Movie), Top Secret! lampoons practically every film genre. Specifically, however, this is a hybrid of an "Elvis" movie and a World War II "underground resistance" thriller. In his film debut, Val Kilmer plays Nick Rivers, a Presley-like American rock idol sent behind the Iron Curtain on a goodwill tour. Before long, he is involved in a complex espionage scheme thanks to beautiful Lucy Gutteridge, the daughter of a scientist (Michael Gough) held captive by the Communists. Also essential to the action is flamboyant resistance leader Christopher Villiers, who behaves like Victor Mature in Betrayed (1954) and talks like James Mason. Adhering to Z-A-Z's cheerful disregard for people, places and events, the East Germans are depicted as Nazis, while the Underground is comprised of Frenchmen. The plot is mainly an excuse for the Z-A-Z team's fondness for joke-a-minute lampoonery, skewering cinematic targets ranging from The Blue Lagoon (1980) to The Wizard of Oz (1939). As in Z-A-Z's other efforts, Top Secret! scores its biggest yocks when invoking cliches that we never realized were cliches-and falls on its face whenever attempting a too-obvious gag (the biggest clinker: that pigeon statue in the park). Everyone has his or her favorite bits in this film: our faves include the resistance fighter named Deja Vu ("Haven't we met somewhere before "), Kilmer's horrible nightmare while being tortured (he arrives too late to take final exams), the army-booted cow, the sensitive Pinto, and the East German National Anthem, sung to the tune of the Shorewood (Wisconsin) High School marching song. But let's say no more: comedy of this nature is designed to be seen, not written or read about
Ruthless people by Jim Abrahams( Visual )

24 editions published between 1986 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sam Stone (DeVito) is ruthless. When his shrill wife Barbara (Midler) is nabbed by inept kidnappers, Sam cries tears of joy and refuses to pay the ransom
Big business by Bette Midler( Visual )

19 editions published between 1988 and 2018 in English and Spanish and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comedy about two sets of identical twins who are mismatched at birth, and forty years later their paths cross in Manhattan at New York's Plaza Hotel
Scary movie 4( Visual )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 532 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cindy Campbell and her self-serving, sex-crazed pal Brenda are joined by Tom Ryan, a cute, but utterly clueless guy. Together, they battle to save the world from a ruthless alien invasion. Cindy moves in next to Tom because she's taking care of an elderly lady. She finds out the house is haunted by a little boy and goes on a quest in the village to find out who killed him and why. Also, Alien "Tr-iPods" are invading the world and Cindy has to uncover the secret in order to stop them
"---first do no harm" by Infinity Media( Visual )

26 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The true story of one woman's struggle against a narrow-minded medical establishment when she learns that her young son has epilepsy
The Kentucky fried movie by John Landis( Visual )

17 editions published between 1977 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Skits satirize movies, television programs and other features of modern day life
Police Squad. : the complete series( Visual )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features the crime-solving adventures of Detective Frank Drebin, a Sergeant Lieutenant Captain of Police Squad, a special division of the police department. Together Drebin and his boss, Captain Ed Hocken, crack the toughest cases in the big city, encountering sight-gags, slapstick, puns, and non-sequiturs along the way
Jane Austen's mafia( Visual )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2018 in 4 languages and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an epic saga of disorganized crime, this comedy spoof focuses on the dysfunctional crime family headed by Lloyd Bridges as the ruthless, powerful, and clumsy Godfather Vincenzo Cortino. When the time comes to choose the next Don Cortino, a riotous rivalry breaks out between his two sons, one a war hero and the other a raving psychotic
Hot shots ; Hot shots, part deux by Jim Abrahams( Visual )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hot shots. A team of crack (or is it cracked?) jet jockeys led by an incompetent commander spend their nights carousing and their days training for secret operation "Sleepy Weasel"--A lightning strike against a desert kingdom
Welcome home, Roxy Carmichael by Jim Abrahams( Visual )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It's been fifteen years since Roxy Carmichael left Clyde, Ohio, for fame and fortune. Now the town is excitedly planning for her homecoming. Among those anxiously awaiting her return is her ex-boyfriend, her rival, and an eccentric Dinky Bossetti
Flying high!( Visual )

9 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An ex-fighter pilot is forced to takeover the control of an airliner when the flight crew succumbs to food poisoning. While his girlfriend, a stewardess, becomes his co-pilot
Airplane! ; Airplane II, the sequel( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Airport II: A faulty computer causes a passenger space shuttle to head straight for the Sun. Can Ted Striker save the day and get the shuttle back on track--again?
The films of David Zucker and Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zuker by Robert J Emery( Visual )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profiles David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker, featuring extensive film clips and interviews with actors and collaborators who have worked with them
Airplane( Visual )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this spoof of disaster movies, Ted Striker, an ex-Navy pilot, just got dumped by his long-time girlfriend Elaine Dickinson, who works as a stewardess. In his wish to get her back, he follows her aboard a plane, although he has had a deep aversion against anything winged since he lost several men in the war. During flight, he tries to make up with her again and again, but a crisis looms as the crew and many passengers get seriously ill due to a bad fish meal. Now, it is up to him to land the airplane safely, before the poisoning starts causing casualties. But Ted Striker's aversion to piloting is a serious psychosis, which breaks open and needs to be cured--right now
Airplane! ; and, Airplane II : the sequel( Visual )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Airplane II : the sequel: There's a mad bomber on board, the first lunar shuttle is about to self-destruct, the engines are not working, and--worst of all--the flight crew discovers they are completely out of coffee!
Ruthless people ; Down and out in Beverly Hills( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ruthless people: When loathesome millionaire Sam Stone's wife is kidnapped by inept kidnappers, Sam cries tears of joy and refuses to pay the ransom. And when the abductors threaten to kill the abrasive heiress, Sam celebrates!
The Kentucky fried movie by David Winkler( Visual )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Famous comedy writers David and Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams got their start at the University of Wisconsin when they formed a theatrical group known as The Kentucky Fried Theater. Based on the KFT's gag-filled theatrical skits. Has over 25 different segments of varying lengths. Since its 1977 theatrical release, the film has built a sizable cult audience
 
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Alternative Names
Jim Abrahams

Jim Abrahams Amerikaans scenarioschrijver

Jim Abrahams amerykański reżyser filmowy i pisarz

Jim Abrahams cinéaste

Jim Abrahams sceneggiatore e regista statunitense

Jim Abrahams US-amerikanischer Regisseur, Produzent und Drehbuchautor

Джим Абрахамс

Джим Ейбрахамс

ג'ים אברהמס

ג'ים אברהמס שחקן אמריקאי

جيم أبراهامز

جیم آبراهامز فیلمنامه‌نویس، تهیه‌کننده، و کارگردان آمریکایی

에이브러햄스, 짐 1944-

ジム・エイブラハムズ

吉姆·亞伯拉罕

吉姆·亚伯拉罕斯

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