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Air Force One (1997)

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Hijackers seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he - an ex-soldier - works from hiding to defeat them.

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Storyline

The President of the USA goes to Moscow and gives a stirring speech outlining the USA's new "Zero-tolerance" policy with respect to terrorism. On the flight home, terrorists take over Air Force One (the President's official plane) and take the passengers (including his wife and daughter) hostage. The terrorists plan to execute one hostage every half-hour unless/until their demands are met. However, the President is a former Medal of Honor winner, so the terrorists may be in for a surprise... Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Harrison Ford is the President of the United States. See more »


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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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25 July 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,132,505 (USA) (25 July 1997)

Gross:

$172,620,724 (USA) (30 January 1998)
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2.35 : 1
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The painting of the plane used as Air Force One was done at a facility in Amarillo, Texas that specialized in refurbishing older jet planes for use by other airlines. See more »

Goofs

None of the planes used as the real Air Force One have an escape pod. President Bill Clinton is said to have remarked on this detail half-jokingly after seeing the film at a White House screening. However, this obviously was a case of artistic license since the pod was used by the filmmakers to make a key plot twist. See more »

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Major Perkins: [after landing in Kazakstan] Quick head count! One, two, three, four, five. Move out!
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Crazy Credits

Per Marshall's comment to her, the aide who helps him with the fax machine (portrayed by Messiri Freeman) is listed in the credits as "Future Postmaster General". See more »


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L'INTERNATIONALE
Written by Eugène Pottier (as Eugene Pottier) and Pierre Degeyter
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Fun to watch, if you do not make a big deal out of technical accuracy.
19 June 2005 | by (Sana'a, Yemen) – See all my reviews

Very entertaining action, once you get past the "believability" problems, i.e., terrorists getting on the plane at all, the plane having an on-board armory, Secret Service agents' inability to shoot accurately, etc.

Acting is good enough that you care about the characters.

As others have noted, the CGI aerial sequences sometimes have the aircraft moving in unnatural or impossible ways, and this is visually jarring. (After the touch-and-go, Air Force One turns a 180 almost like a helicopter) I gave it a 7 out of 10 - not brilliant, but makes for an entertaining evening.


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