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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
General Alexander Radek (as Jurgen Prochnow)
AFO Navigator / Major Bridges


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 July 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

AFO  »

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Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$172,620,724 (USA) (30 January 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the beginning of the movie the president rides in the motorcade back to the plane, when in fact the United States is the only country in the world that transports its presidential motorcade vehicles to whatever country the president goes to. See more »


The same sound effect is used twice within about 10 seconds of each other. As the plane is first landing at Ramstein, there is a quick shot of the passengers falling all over the conference room, and you can hear a mans voice saying "Ahhh... Geez!" A few seconds later, as the plane is heading at the control tower and before the wing slices the tree, the exact same voice is heard saying the exact same thing, but this time it is supposed to be coming from the control tower. See more »


[first lines]
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 »


References Die Hard (1988) See more »


Written by Eugène Pottier (as Eugene Pottier) and Pierre Degeyter
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User Reviews

Will the real president please stand up?
14 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I know what you're thinking, "What the hell is he saying?" It's true that we've had so many biographies about presidents in which some of the movies told about historic incidents, why not have a fictional president that could kick ass and take names? Harrison Ford is the man for the job.

"Air Force One" is a thriller that involves Russian terrorist Ivan Korshunov (Gary Oldman) and his gang of criminals hijacking the first plane along with the president's wife and child and his staff. Meanwhile, President James Marshall (Harrison Ford) is hiding after an attack on the ship where he must reunite with his family before they end up victims to Ivan's plan if the president doesn't release a Russian prisoner who happens to be a general and a terrorist.

The film itself is a nail bitter thriller with an all star cast as Ford and Oldman play their usual good guy/villain roles with Glenn Close, Wendy Crewson, Xander Berkerly and William H. Macy in supporting roles. If there was such thing where Harrison Ford had a nomination for president, I would vote.

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