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Executive Decision (1996)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  15 March 1996 (USA)
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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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,204,433 (UK) (17 May 1996)

Gross:

JPY 153,472,300 (Japan) (29 November 1996)
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Don Burgess reportedly stepped in as cinematographer when producer Joel Silver thought Alex Thomson was working too slowly. See more »

Goofs

At the indicated time of year, the nights in London are over 10 hours long and twilight lasts about 35 minutes. A scene set at Gatwick Airport about 2 hours before the hijacked plane arrives in Washington takes place in darkness, which is correct if it was about sunset at the time of hijacking. But the takeoff time from Gatwick referred to is about 6:30 am, long after sunrise, and indeed we see this plane flying in daylight, still before the hijacked plane reaches Washington. See more »

Quotes

[on the ground, after Cahill helped defuse the bomb]
Dr. David Grant: Cahill, I don't know how you did it, but you did it.
Dennis Cahill: [shakes his head] No... you did it.
[hands him the straw from his mouth]
Dr. David Grant: What's this?
Dennis Cahill: That's a memento for ya. Listen, I'll tell you all about it another time, but right now, I need a drink, a BIG drink.
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IT'S NICE TO GO TRAV'LING
Written by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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Under Licence from CEMA Special Markets
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Even Seagal is good!
4 January 2003 | by (Spokane, WA) – See all my reviews

A fun, tense, and exciting action/thriller with an excellent ensemble cast, headed by Kurt Russell and including Halle Berry, David Suchet, and John Leguizamo.

Even Steven Seagal does a creditable job, mainly because this isn't a "Steven Seagal movie." His supporting role permits him to do what he does best (which isn't acting). He doesn't have to pretend to be witty, there's none of that awful smirking he does in a vain attempt to show emotion, the camera doesn't caress his body, and there's not one speech about how gol-dang *good* his character is. He even manages to enunciate his lines clearly!

The plot might have seemed a little far-fetched when the movie was released, but not anymore.

I'm not even much of an action film fan, but this one is really a lot of fun.


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