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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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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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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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25 July 1997 (USA)  »

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$85,000,000 (estimated)

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$37,132,505 (USA) (25 July 1997)

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$172,620,724 (USA) (30 January 1998)
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Since the release of this film, it has been a source of humor for entertainment magazines, websites, commentators, etc. to conduct a public polls during real presidential elections to vote on which fictional movie president Americans would like to see in office. Harrison Ford as President James Marshall has "won" every election. (Bill Pullman as President Thomas Whitmore in "Independence Day" commonly finishes second in such polling.) See more »

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Both the Russian and the American presidents speak Polish instead of Russian as do some of the Russian kidnappers. See more »

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Too many climaxes, too many slow parts
27 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

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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