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Executive Decision (1996)

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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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15 March 1996 (USA)  »

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Critical Decision  »

Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

JPY 320,462,900 (Japan) (15 November 1996)

Gross:

JPY 153,472,300 (Japan) (29 November 1996)
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Trivia

According to John Leguizamo in his autobiography, his frequent improvisation angered Kurt Russell so much that they got into a shoving match. Leguizamo's improvised line "Hope the smell doesn't give us away." started the fight. See more »

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The plane departs from Athens just before sunset (it's daytime in the boarding lounge), when London would still be in full daylight. But the London bombing scene, supposedly at about the same time, is at night. See more »

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[Rat is attempting to take command of the mission]
Dr. 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 James Van Heusen
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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Suspense and plot twists for everyone...
22 October 2000 | by (Antwerp, Belgium) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this one. Sure there were some implausible things: the speed of the counter-action, the strange fact that a complete change of the aerodynamics of a stealth bomber seems to cause zero disturbance... But all in all it was well within bearable limits. Don't expect to see a 100% realistic plot in a movie that is supposed to contain heros! In reality, they usually get shot or explode before they have the chance to become one :-)

Critical Decisions has a more than adequate mix of suspense, better-than-horrible acting, plot twists and mild humor to relieve the tension. Whereas a lot of movies in the same genre totally screw up one or more of those aspects. I'm thinking about the terribly balanced "humor" in The Rock, for example. Killing all tension and involvement..

8/10

JoH


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