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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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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,204,433 (UK) (17 May 1996)

Gross:

$56,569,216 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Stuart Baird's directorial debut. See more »

Goofs

Nagi's #2 wants him to divert the plane to Algeria. At this point in the movie the 747 is over the North Atlantic, fairly close to the US Eastern seaboard. Then, not long after, the pilots state the plane is low on fuel and they request an emergency landing. It is thus highly unlikely that the plane would have carried enough fuel earlier to fly all the way back across the Atlantic to Algeria. See more »

Quotes

[Rat is attempting to take command of the mission]
David Grant: Look, I'm not telling you how to do your job, but if that DZ5 is on board, there's gonna be a bomb attached to it, and you goddamn well better find it!
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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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