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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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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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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

The Tomcat squadron receives the shoot down order over a "CRM-115" device. This is a nod to the CRM-114 decryption device used aboard a B-52 in Stanley Kubrick's "Dr Strangelove, or How I Learned to Love the Bomb". No such real life device exists. See more »

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When Grant discovers the pilots dead, he fails to do the one sensible thing he should have done-namely, find out if there are any trained pilots on board. Several of his crew are still functioning; what about Cahill, who designs planes? Instead, Grant acts for the rest of the film as if he's the only person on board with any chance of landing the plane, without any way of knowing that. And everyone else just stays put while they abort one landing, and get bounced around through another-what kind of sense does that make? See more »

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Cahill: The Pentagon is gonna shoot us down.
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Edited into Category 6: Day of Destruction (2004) 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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one word: dynamite!
12 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Slam-bang thriller is an intense, pulse-pounding thrill ride from beginning to end. Russell stars as a smart but inexperienced intelligence analyst who's given the task of a lifetime when he, along with a group of rugged Special Forces commandos, must board an American 747 in midair after it's hijacked by ruthless international terrorists. It's a race against time as they must not only ensure the safety of all the passengers, but retake the plane before it can reach the U.S. eastern seaboard. Swift direction, exciting, skillful action sequences, endless suspense, and rock solid performances make this wild ride of a movie a definite must for action fans. ***


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