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Air Force One (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  25 July 1997 (USA)
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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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General Alexander Radek (as Jurgen Prochnow)


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The most important man, the surest airplane, the most dangerous Hijackers... 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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The production was allowed to use CNN's actual Los Angeles studio for its mock CNN segments. See more »


When the F-15s engage the Russian MIGs at maximum range, their missiles are visible arcing away and upward. When the first MIG is hit, the missile descends from above. 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

Jürgen Prochnow plays General Ivan Radek yet in the cast list he is credited as "General Alexander Radek". See more »


Referenced in Die Affäre Semmeling (2002) See more »


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

Good actors, bad movie...(spolers)
3 August 2004 | by (Riga, Latvia) – See all my reviews

Five things we learn after watching this movie: 1.All Russians are either terrorists or cowards. 2.MP5, MP5K, M4 and Sig Sauer PRO are superior wonders of Western weaponary, which need no reloading ever. 3.When 6 Russian fighters attack Air Force One only one of them will fire at a time.(Courtesy towards enemy anti-missle system, I guess:)) 4.In air combat, Russian pilots never maneuver, even when targeted, guess, there is no chance to escape superior American missiles, so they don't bother anyway. 5.When a terrorist fires a gun, the bullet is stopped by body armor. When President fires the same gun, bullets go through armor like a knife through butter. 2/10 for casting Oldman.

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