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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>

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The fate of a nation rests on the courage of one man. 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?


Gary Oldman's (Ivan Korshunov) chilling performance earned him the nickname "Scary Gary" during production, however he did not stay in character between the scenes. Director Wolfgang Peterson called the filming experience 'Air Force Fun' because of how comedic and genial Oldman would be off-screen. He also said that Oldman would suddenly return to the menacing film persona like a shot. Harrison Ford has since named Oldman as his favorite on-screen nemesis. See more »


C4 cannot be detonated by shooting it, as it is a relatively stable explosive. The terrorists would have had to use detonating cords or a blasting cap in order to blow open the cockpit door. 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 Jersey Girl (2004) See more »


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

High Tension, Action, Heroism & PC
2 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A very clichéd but interesting film with a two-fisted President of the United States (Harrison Ford) literally taking on terrorism himself on board his jet, Air Force One. Believable? Of course not, but it's an story that hooks you in and keeps you involved all the way. It could have been trimmed down, to be sure, but the better-than-average action scenes help make up for that. While not blatant, the film did have it's typical Hollywood Liberal slant with political correctness abounding....so be aware of that. It borders on reverse sexism and racism and there is a fair share of profanity in here if you are concerned about that.

The sound on the DVD is tremendous with some excellent rear speaker action. It would be great demo model for anyone's surround sound system. It adds measurably to the enjoyment of the film. If you like action and a lot of tension, this film has it. It's one of those movies that wears you out by the end of it!

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