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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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Sergeant Louie (as B. D. Wong)
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Secretary of Defense Charles White
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El Sayed Jaffa
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Allison, Flight Attendant
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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)

Opening Weekend:

£1,204,433 (UK) (17 May 1996)

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$68,750,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Don Burgess reportedly stepped in as cinematographer when producer Joel Silver thought Alex Thomson was working too slowly. See more »

Goofs

Just after Cahill starts working on the bomb, we see a shot of Rat scooting along the wires at the top of the plane. As he comes straight at the camera, he's only wearing a microphone. The next profile shot shows the mic in a different position, but when Rat gets to the end of the cable to dismount, he's suddenly wearing a full military-spec night vision camera setup on a headmount, and the mic has switched sides. See more »

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[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 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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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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