Passenger 57 (1992)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  6 November 1992 (USA)
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An airline security expert must take action when he finds himself trapped on a passenger jet when terrorists seize control of it.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Datcher ...
Dwight Henderson
Chief Biggs
Duchess Tomasello ...
Mrs. Edwards
Matthew (as Cameron Roberts)
James Short ...
Joel Fogel ...
Dr. Bauman
Jane McPherson ...


Air travel is the safest, the FAA says. But the FAA never figured the risk with Charles Rane on board. "The Rane of Terror" has masterminded four terrorist attacks. Soon there will be a fifth -- and that's bad news for the passengers on Flight 163. But there's good news too: the man in seat 57! Wesley Snipes plays John Cutter, an undercover security operative who enters the lavatory and exits to find Rane (Bruce Payne) and his gang have taken over. Cutter's next move is clear. Do. Or be done to. Written by Robert Lynch <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's an ex-cop with a bad mouth, a bad attitude, and a bad seat. For the terrorists on flight 163 . . . he's very bad news.


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terrorist violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 November 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Passageiro 57  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)


$44,065,653 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Hooks, who plays Dwight Henderson in the film, is the father of director Kevin Hooks. See more »


The fuel truck sent to service the airliner was marked with a "UN 1203" hazardous materials placard, which is the code for gasoline. The code for jet fuel is 1863; turbine-powered planes small enough to land at Lake Lucile are common enough that the airport's fuel dealer would have jet fuel. See more »


John Cutter: [about to board a plane via the landing gear] This better be covered by my insurance, Sly!
Sly Delvecchio: Yeah, it's under the section on MENTAL ILLNESS!
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Crazy Credits

The first part of the credits scroll while John Cutter and Marti Slayton walk along the runway towards the fairground in the distance as fireworks go off in the night time sky See more »


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Written by Stevie Wonder
Performed by Norman Brown
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
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Standard action-packed movie with the usual two-fisted hero acting in a hijacking
12 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

John Cutter (Wesley Snipes) is an expert security agent who's still mourning the death his wife . He embarks a large plane , L1011-500 "Tristar , assisted by beautiful air hostesses (two gorgeous flight attendants : Alex Datcher and Elizabeth Hurley , one of the earliest film roles). Then , he finds himself accidentally trapped into the middle of an airline Jumbo hijacking executed by an arch-villain terrorist (Bruce Payne) who previously committed numerous terrorists acts . He hijacks the crew and seizes control of it . Cutter must take action confronting the nasty criminal , developing a battle of wits between two charismatic opponents . Meanwhile , Cutter contacts with his airline chiefs (Tom Sizemore and Bruce Greenwood) who want to hide the events .

The film packs nonstop action , suspense , tension , lots of violence when the murders and fighting happen , being quite entertaining . It's a run-of-the-mill action film in which from the beginning to the ending the thriller and emotion is continuous . This film Passenger 57 (1992) was scheduled to air on a Starz Entertainment Group channel the night of 9/11 , what with the themes of terrorism on an airplane, the broadcast was obviously cancelled . Wesley Snipes is top-notch as an action hero , turning into tough action man in films of big budget , just like ¨Murder at 1600¨ , ¨Money train¨ , ¨US Marshall¨ and ¨Blade¨ trilogy ; however , nowadays , he only makes low/medium budget films as ¨Unstoppable¨ , ¨The detonator¨, ¨7 seconds¨ , ¨Chaos¨, ¨The marksman¨ , among others . While on the plane Wesley Snipes reads the book 'The Art of War' ; Snipes later starred in the film ¨The art of war¨ (2000) that was loosely based on the book . Bruce Payne is excellent as the ruthless and extremely intelligent villainous , he plays -as always- magnificently a megalomaniac nasty .

Spectacular musical score by Stanley Clarke , being appropriately adjusted to action . The motion picture was well directed by Kevin Hooks -an usual TV movies director- . Robert Hooks, who plays FBI agent Dwight Henderson in the film , is the father of director Kevin Hooks . The film will appeal to action genre enthusiasts . It's a must see for Wesley Snipes fans .

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