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
Glenn Close was a last-minute casting decision to play Vice President Kathryn Bennett. Close wore a wig from her own collection during shooting, because her haircut at the time was too short for the role. She only made one objection about her character in the original script: "They had written a scene of her breaking down and crying. And I said, 'I will not do that.' Because I thought we'd be doing women a disfavor if we had that cliché moment where she breaks down." See more »
As the aircraft swerves about the aerodrome and goes to take-off again the terrorists do nothing about the flaps (set at 30 degrees for landing). The increased drag caused by the flaps at this setting wouldn't allow the aircraft to take off at all, let alone take off in such a short distance. See more »
[after landing in Kazakstan]
Quick head count! One, two, three, four, five. Move out!
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Jürgen Prochnow plays General Ivan Radek yet in the cast list he is credited as "General Alexander Radek". See more »
President James Marshall (Harrison Ford) is a no non-sense leader who just gave a zero tolerance on terrorism speech. Ironically, terrorists hijackers take over Air Force One. Ivan Korshunov (Gary Oldman) the leader of the terrorists is a Russian nationalist looking to free General Radek (Jürgen Prochnow) and replace the Russian government.
Wolfgang Petersen directs this action movie. Forget about any realism problems, this is strictly a popcorn movie. There is no need to turn on your brain. Harrison Ford is a credible president, and more importantly, he is a credible action hero. The vice president (Glenn Close) is running things from the White House.
There is just too much talking, negotiating, and too much international politics seriousness. At over 2 hours, there are too many slow parts. And the ending has way too many climaxes. They should think about who needs to be killed last. They should kill the big bad last because that should be the one big climax.
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