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Air Force One (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  25 July 1997 (USA)
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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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General Alexander Radek (as Jurgen Prochnow)


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 »

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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


One morning, the frantic activity of taxiing and braking during this period caused the 747's wheels to overheat - triggering a safety device that deflates all the tires rather than risk a blowout. See more »


When the President is hanging on the rope behind the MC-130, the aircraft's wing is visible through the President. 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 »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: John Goodman/Jewel (1997) See more »


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

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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