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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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Harrison Ford is the President of the United States. 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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$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$172,620,724 (USA) (30 January 1998)
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The President's daughter's hair changes color between the opening and subsequent scenes. 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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Jürgen Prochnow plays General Ivan Radek yet in the cast list he is credited as "General Alexander Radek". See more »

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A well crafted adventure.
27 December 1998 | by (SoMeWhErE iN dA U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This is one knockout action adventure film with winning performances from the entire cast! This is a great film, directed by award winning film-maker Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot). Air Force One is Wolfgang Petersen's best work since In the Line of Fire (1993) with Clint Eastwood.

Harrison Ford gives a tantalizing performance as the President of the United States James Marshall. He aboards Air Force One in order to return to his proud homeland in the United States of America from an important visit to Russia. However, the President has brought some uninvited guests...

Rogue Russian terrorists lead by Ivan Korshunov (Gary Oldman, in his usual villainous role) have hijacked Air Force One after masquerading themselves as nondescript journalists. Tragically, they've killed several members of the President's staff and have taken many more hostage. Among the hostages are the President's wife, Grace Marshall (Wendy Crewson), and his fiesty daughter, Alice (Liesel Matthews). However, the terrorists have assumed the President has fled via escape pod, but they don't know the whole story...

Meanwhile, at the White House, Madame Vice President, Kathryn Bennett (Glenn Close, in a strong performance) quarrels with the Defense Secretary, Walter Dean (Dean Stockwell). The entire staff at the White House must decide whether to negotiate with the psycho terrorists or use excessive force. As the stakes continue to escalate, several more hostages have been dispatched, but what can the White House Staff do next...

Air Force One is one terrific action thriller. It boasts breathtaking visuals and special effects, and slam bang performances from Ford, Close, Oldman, and the rest of the cast. What makes Air Force One an even better film is the fact that the characters are believable. You can sympathzize with James Marshall's predicament, and Ford does an apex job tackling the role as the President. Ford portraits a realistic character in this film. For example, when a Russian terrorist hits Ford in the face, the audience themselves can vicariously feel the pain of the main character, the President.

Yes, Air Force One is one awesome movie that every warm-blooded patriot in America will enjoy. It has furious action and fast paced energy to keep this film head above water, and the excellent performances also make this film a true winner all the way from the explosive beginning to the suspenseful and somewhat unexpected climax. Gary Oldman also deserves some acclaim for playing a creepy villain whom everyone can boo at. As for Harrison Ford, you will cheer at his victories, and sadden at his tougher times. Air Force One is another hit that's not to be missed!

RATING: ***1/2 out of ****.


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