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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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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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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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Trivia

In December 2015, presidential candidate, politician and real estate tycoon Donald Trump revealed his admiration for "Harrison Ford on the plane ... He stood up for America." Donald was greatly inspired by Harrison's performance in the film that he took it too seriously. When Ford was told during a TV interview of Trump's compliment, he turned it down to the camera and said "Donald, it was just a movie. Things like this don't happen in real life." See more »

Goofs

When ordered to fire on Air Force One, the F-15 in question is seen with full afterburner on. If this were the case in reality, it would fly past Air Force One by miles. See more »

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

Jürgen Prochnow plays General Ivan Radek yet in the cast list he is credited as "General Alexander Radek". See more »

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L'INTERNATIONALE
Written by Eugène Pottier (as Eugene Pottier) and Pierre Degeyter
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a terrific action-thriller
12 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

From director Wolfgang Petersen comes this tense, high-energy thriller centering around the hijacking of Air Force One. Having just told the world that he will not negotiate with terrorists, steadfast U.S. President Ford has his policy—but more importantly the lives of his family and entire administration—put to the test when his plane is taken over in mid-air by merciless Russian radicals. While the White House and his Cabinet try to resolve the conflict from the ground, he decides to take matters into his own hands and fight back. Explosive action scenes, credible performances, and intense, adrenaline-pumping drama take viewers on a wild ride that makes an implausible situation seem completely believable! Ford is perfectly cast as a renegade president, Close an added bonus as his second-in-command, Oldman powerful and frightening as the brutal terrorist leader. A must for action fans. ***


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