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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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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$85,000,000 (estimated)

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

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

When a dummy was put on the cable, the 747's bow wave blew off its coat and tie. Rather than put the plane's engines at risk, the filmmakers decided to use special effects for all shots of the people on the cable. See more »

Goofs

When the terrorist fires at the toilets, the bullet spray on the back wall of the second toilet (that he opens) is different from the spray on the door. 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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Referenced in Gran Torino (2008) 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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