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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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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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$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,204,433 (UK) (17 May 1996)

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$68,750,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Sergeant Baker, played by Whip Hubley, pays a memorable backhanded compliment to the Navy F-14 pilots at a crucial point in the movie. Hubley previously played a Navy F-14 fighter pilot in Top Gun (1986). See more »

Goofs

The hijacking begins soon after the Fasten Seat Belts sign is turned off after takeoff. The flying time to Washington is about 8 hours. (This is confirmed by dialogue a little later.) Yet not only during the hijacking but at every time we see the plane's exterior from then until just before reaching the US coast, the sky shows that it's still sunset. The time for a sunset to progress from Athens to Washington is about 6.5 hours; only a supersonic plane could keep up with it. See more »

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[Grant, wearing a tuxedo, is introduced to the commando unit]
Rat: Who's this? 007?
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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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