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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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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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Nancy, Flight Attendant (as Marla Maples Trump)
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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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15 March 1996 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,204,433 (UK) (17 May 1996)

Gross:

$68,750,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Like Stargate (1994), this movie features a small military team sent into a dangerous and unprecedented situation along with a small number of civilian specialists. In that movie, Kurt Russell was the military team leader; this time he's a civilian. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the movie, a graphic announces that the date of the Counter-terrorist Strike Team is May 17, 1995, and the time is 05:00 Zulu time. As the attack is done in Trieste, Italy, the time there would be 06:00 local time. However, the scene is shown to be completely dark, even though the sunrise in that region in mid-May would have been 30 minutes earlier. See more »

Quotes

[Grant, wearing a tuxedo, is introduced to the commando unit]
Rat: Who's this? Double-oh Seven?
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Connections

Edited into Stealth Fighter (1999) See more »

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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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29 July 2004 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

I am usually very picky about films and rarely watch action movies that don't have a nostalgic value but somehow I tuned into this one and I couldn't take my eyes off it. We're dealing with a flight hi-jacking and the situation has been seen before, but the way this story is told surprised me in a positive way.

It's trying to be realistic, and succeeds! Credits to the screenwriters for writing a story that everyone thinks they've seen before and still keeping the intensity throughout the film. Good acting from Kurt Russel, Oliver Blatt and especially John Leguizamp. This is an action-movie well worth watching. My rating: 7/10


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