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August 27, 1995 | Kevin Thomas
For this silly 1993 diversion, Charlie Sheen (pictured, with Valerie Golino) got in super shape to send up Sylvester Stallone and his "Rambo" movies. Actually, director Jim Abrahams and writer Pat Proft spoof no fewer than 30 pictures in this summer comedy in which Sheen's indomitable Topper Harley is the only man capable of rescuing American hostages, plus two sets of unsuccessful rescuers, from Iraq's Saddam Hussein.
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July 24, 1998 | JACK MATHEWS, FOR THE TIMES
Here's a partial listing of the movies you'll need to be familiar with in order to appreciate the full idiotic flavor of Jim Abrahams' "Mafia!," the latest (but only the first of three this summer) descendant of "Airplane!": "The Godfather," Parts 1, 2 and 3, "Casino," "Il Postino," "Child's Play," "GoodFellas," "Forrest Gump," "The English Patient," "E.T.," "Saturday Night Fever" and any version of Dickens' "A Christmas Story." And, of course, you also have to have seen all the other "Airplane!
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July 24, 1998 | JACK MATHEWS, FOR THE TIMES
Here's a partial listing of the movies you'll need to be familiar with in order to appreciate the full idiotic flavor of Jim Abrahams' "Mafia!," the latest (but only the first of three this summer) descendant of "Airplane!": "The Godfather," Parts 1, 2 and 3, "Casino," "Il Postino," "Child's Play," "GoodFellas," "Forrest Gump," "The English Patient," "E.T.," "Saturday Night Fever" and any version of Dickens' "A Christmas Story." And, of course, you also have to have seen all the other "Airplane!
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August 27, 1995 | Kevin Thomas
For this silly 1993 diversion, Charlie Sheen (pictured, with Valerie Golino) got in super shape to send up Sylvester Stallone and his "Rambo" movies. Actually, director Jim Abrahams and writer Pat Proft spoof no fewer than 30 pictures in this summer comedy in which Sheen's indomitable Topper Harley is the only man capable of rescuing American hostages, plus two sets of unsuccessful rescuers, from Iraq's Saddam Hussein.
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May 31, 1992 | Andy Marx
When they worked together, the writing-directing team of Jim Abrahams and David Zucker, along with David's brother, Jerry, were known for turning out a number of hit comedies, including "Airplane!" and "Ruthless People." But after "Ruthless People," Abrahams and the Zuckers parted company, working on their own projects--Abrahams directed last summer's "Hot Shots," while David turned out his "Naked Gun" films and Jerry directed "Ghost."
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December 2, 1988 | NINA J. EASTON, Times Staff Writer
Producer/directors David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker--"ZAZ" to their closest friends--wrote the hit film "Airplane!" They created the TV series and cult video favorite "Police Squad!" They made the summer box-office disappointment of 1984: "Top Secret!" Now comes "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" What--beyond a passion for bad puns and exclamation marks--is the formula behind this threesome's success??!! (Except for "Top Secret!," which didn't do so well.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 28, 1986 | KEVIN THOMAS
1--"The Sacrifice" (Sweden, Andrei Tarkovsky). 2--"The Legend of Surami Fortress" (U.S.S.R., Sergei Paradjanov and David Abashidze). 3--"Kaos" (Italy, the Taviani brothers). 4--"Summer" (France, Eric Rohmer). 5--"Hannah and Her Sisters" 6--"Blue Velvet" 7--"Tracks in the Snow" (Holland, Orlow Seunke). 8--"Taste of Water" (Holland, Orlow Seunke). 9--"Ruthless People" (U.S., Jim Abrahams, David & Jerry Zucker). 10--"Heartbreak Ridge" (U.S., Clint Eastwood).
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February 1, 1997
A benefit premiere of ABC's upcoming TV movie ". . . First Do No Harm," starring Meryl Streep, will be held Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the Television Academy Plaza Theatre in North Hollywood. Streep plays a mother who takes her epileptic son's treatment in her own hands, enrolling him in a controversial diet treatment. The premiere will benefit the Charlie Foundation to Help Cure Pediatric Epilepsy and the Epilepsy Foundation of Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
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May 25, 1986 | David T. Friendly
It's a brave new world over at Disney--and we're about to find out just how brave. Marketing executives are debating what copy line to use for the company's upcoming Touchstone release "Ruthless People," starring Bette Midler and Danny DeVito. It's triply directed by the guys (the Zucker brothers and Jim Abrahams) who did "Airplane!"
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May 31, 1992 | Andy Marx
When they worked together, the writing-directing team of Jim Abrahams and David Zucker, along with David's brother, Jerry, were known for turning out a number of hit comedies, including "Airplane!" and "Ruthless People." But after "Ruthless People," Abrahams and the Zuckers parted company, working on their own projects--Abrahams directed last summer's "Hot Shots," while David turned out his "Naked Gun" films and Jerry directed "Ghost."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 1988 | NINA J. EASTON, Times Staff Writer
Producer/directors David Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker--"ZAZ" to their closest friends--wrote the hit film "Airplane!" They created the TV series and cult video favorite "Police Squad!" They made the summer box-office disappointment of 1984: "Top Secret!" Now comes "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" What--beyond a passion for bad puns and exclamation marks--is the formula behind this threesome's success??!! (Except for "Top Secret!," which didn't do so well.
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