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
On the DVD commentary for the movie, director Wolfgang Petersen noted that he likely would not have made the film after the 9/11 attacks. The film features hijackers who seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he (an ex-soldier) works from hiding to defeat them. See more »
One of the MIG pilots makes a sound of surprise just before a missile hits the plane yet they would have been warned by their instrument systems that a lock-on had occurred and that missiles were on their way. See more »
[after landing in Kazakstan]
Quick head count! One, two, three, four, five. Move out!
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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 »
A good action-adventure film with great special effects
Marshall is the kind of President referred to a change in the U.S. foreign policy He took a great risk when he stated that America will no longer tolerate any terrorist government His policy is soon put in practice when he boards his plane on his way home
Once is in the sky, 'Air Force One' is hijacked and currently controlled by Russian radicals who ask for the release of their leader or they'll execute a prisoner every half hour
Harrison Ford is the action hero making his way through the plane taking out few terrorists, managing to free several hostages, trying to get to his wife and daughter who are prisoners on board
Gary Oldman almost steals the show as the head terrorist Ivan Korshunov who takes over the president's plane
Beautifully directed by Wolfgang Petersen who controls the action with his usual extreme intelligence, building the challenge with captivating, tense sequences from every compartment of the huge aircraft to the White House contingent in Washington
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