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Air Force One (1997)

 -  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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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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The most important man, the surest airplane, the most dangerous Hijackers... 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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AFO  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$76,200,000 (Non-US) (31 October 1997)

Gross:

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

Gary Oldman's (Ivan Korshunov) chilling performance earned him the nickname "Scary Gary" during production, however he did not stay in character between the scenes. Director Wolfgang Peterson called the filming experience 'Air Force Fun' because of how comedic and genial Oldman would be off-screen. He also said that Oldman would suddenly return to the menacing film persona like a shot. Harrison Ford has since named Oldman as his favorite on-screen nemesis. See more »

Goofs

Since Air Force One travels near the same altitude as most commercial air traffic, he would not have been able to call the White House on a cellular phone (moreover because in the 1990s there were far fewer cell towers, especially in Ural Region of Europe). See more »

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[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 »

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References Die Hard 2 (1990) See more »

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L'INTERNATIONALE
Written by Eugène Pottier (as Eugene Pottier) and Pierre Degeyter
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Fun to watch, if you do not make a big deal out of technical accuracy.
19 June 2005 | by (Sana'a, Yemen) – See all my reviews

Very entertaining action, once you get past the "believability" problems, i.e., terrorists getting on the plane at all, the plane having an on-board armory, Secret Service agents' inability to shoot accurately, etc.

Acting is good enough that you care about the characters.

As others have noted, the CGI aerial sequences sometimes have the aircraft moving in unnatural or impossible ways, and this is visually jarring. (After the touch-and-go, Air Force One turns a 180 almost like a helicopter) I gave it a 7 out of 10 - not brilliant, but makes for an entertaining evening.


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