CIA analyst Jack Ryan must thwart the plans of a terrorist faction that threatens to induce a catastrophic conflict between the United States and Russia's newly elected president by detonating a nuclear weapon at a football game in Baltimore.
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
Playing the president's preteen daughter was Liesel Matthews, who had played the lead role a couple years earlier in Alfonso Cuaron's "A Little Princess." In fact, she was a princess of sorts; she was born Liesel Pritzker, an heiress to the family fortune of the Pritzkers, the Chicago clan that owns the Hyatt hotel chain. Her parents had divorced, and a battle brewed over whether she would use her father's or stepfather's surname as her stage name. She solved the problem by taking her brother Matthew's first name as her professional last name. See more »
The in-flight refueling hardware on the real Air Force One makes a bulge visible below the cockpit window. The Boeing 747 used in the film lacks this bulge. There are numerous other differences between the plane depicted in the movie and the real Air Force One. See also the trivia entry. 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 »
An Action movie is made to entertain, and should always be taken at face value. With this in mind Air Force One hits the mark, despite some minor flaws it still delivers tension, drama and action in abundance.
The cast is strong and full of believable characters, the story is compelling and the traditional dose of sentiment is added sparingly and to good effect. Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman both put in solid performances and they are well supported by the likes of Glenn Close and Wendy Crewson.
Overall Air Force One is an safe bet for the average movie fan and should entertain most, without ever really excelling.
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