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Executive Decision (1996)

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

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

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,204,433 (UK) (17 May 1996)

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$68,750,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Kurt Russell and Steven Seagal were considered for The Expendables (2010) after this film. But both turned it down. Russell, in favor of not looking back, and Seagal, a feud with Producer Avi Lerner. See more »

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During the scene when the team is inspecting the bomb and have to choose someone to diffuse it, the Captain tells them to hurry up because 'the morphine is kicking in'. The morphine was administered at least ten minutes beforehand, and morphine generally kicks in almost immediately since it is administered intravenously. See more »

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David Grant: If you don't believe me, what are you doing up here?
Lt. Colonel Austin Travis: Well... who the hell else is gonna do it? You?
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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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Tons of Suspense, Almost Too Much
5 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most of this movie is simply one extremely long suspense scene as a team of Americans try to board a passenger jet, disarm a bomb and capture terrorists. After a 10-15 minute opening to set the story up, the rest of it (two hours) is the constant suspense of whether the mission will succeed and what happens along the way. With that much tension for so, the movie would have been more effective had it been cut 15-20 minutes.

However, it was never boring. It was far-fetched, however, but many action movies are just that, and this story wasn't stupid, by any means. I expected such with Kurt Russell and Steven Segal in it, but those two were much more subdued than usual.

Oliver Platt, Halle Barry, John Leguizamo and Joe Morton rounded out a very diverse and solid cast. This is one of those films that really grabs you the first time you see it, but after that, loses its appeal since the suspense is over. Definitely recommended for those who like to sit on the edge of their seat and be entertained.


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