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Executive Decision (1996)

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When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation.

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Sergeant Louie (as B. D. Wong)
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Secretary of Defense Charles White
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El Sayed Jaffa
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Allison, Flight Attendant
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Nancy, Flight Attendant (as Marla Maples Trump)
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Storyline

Terrorists take over a 747 bound from Athens to Washington D.C., supposedly to effect the release of their leader. Intelligence expert David Grant suspects another reason and convinces the military that the 'plane should not be allowed to enter U.S. airspace. An assault mission is devised, using a specially equipped 'plane designed for mid-air crew transfers, and Grant finds himself aboard the 747 with a team of military anti-terrorists who have to defuse a bomb and overpower the terrorists. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Five miles above the earth, an elite team of six men must make an air to air transfer, in order to save 400 lives on board a 747... and 40 million below. See more »


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

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15 March 1996 (USA)  »

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Critical Decision  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,204,433 (UK) (17 May 1996)

Gross:

$68,750,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The name of Steven Seagal's character, Austin Travis, is derived from the city of Austin, Texas, which is located in Travis County. The city of Austin and Travis County both are named to honor heroes of Texas. William Barret Travis was commanding officer at the Alamo during the war for independence against Mexico in 1836. Steven F. Austin led the first 300 settlers to Texas and is honored with the title of Father of Texas. See more »

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In some shots the sunset light on the plane is coming directly from its right, which is impossible on a westward flight in the northern mid-latitudes. See more »

Quotes

Rat: Didn't have details on the op, Colonel. So we brought everything, even the condoms.
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Referenced in Family Guy: Ready, Willing and Disabled (2001) See more »

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IT'S NICE TO GO TRAV'LING
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under Licence from CEMA Special Markets
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Suspense and plot twists for everyone...
22 October 2000 | by (Antwerp, Belgium) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this one. Sure there were some implausible things: the speed of the counter-action, the strange fact that a complete change of the aerodynamics of a stealth bomber seems to cause zero disturbance... But all in all it was well within bearable limits. Don't expect to see a 100% realistic plot in a movie that is supposed to contain heros! In reality, they usually get shot or explode before they have the chance to become one :-)

Critical Decisions has a more than adequate mix of suspense, better-than-horrible acting, plot twists and mild humor to relieve the tension. Whereas a lot of movies in the same genre totally screw up one or more of those aspects. I'm thinking about the terribly balanced "humor" in The Rock, for example. Killing all tension and involvement..

8/10

JoH


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