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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 <aburner@erols.com>

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The fate of a nation rests on the courage of one man. 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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Did You Know?


Having Harrison Ford watch a Michigan football game is likely an in-joke, as the real President Gerald Ford went to Michigan, and TV news in the 1970's frequently showed clips of him watching Michigan games. See more »


When Air Force One is told to change the heading to take it out of Kazakhstan, they are told to turn the dial counterclockwise from 110 to 290, through 360. This would turn the aircraft left (as in the film), but the display takes it through 200, which would turn the aircraft right. 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 »


Spoofed in Scary Movie 3 (2003) See more »


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

A good action-adventure film with great special effects…

Marshall is the kind of President referred to a change in the U.S. foreign policy… He took a great risk when he stated that America will no longer tolerate any terrorist government… His policy is soon put in practice when he boards his plane on his way home…

Once is in the sky, 'Air Force One' is hijacked and currently controlled by Russian radicals who ask for the release of their leader or they'll execute a prisoner every half hour…

Harrison Ford is the action hero making his way through the plane taking out few terrorists, managing to free several hostages, trying to get to his wife and daughter who are prisoners on board…

Gary Oldman almost steals the show as the head terrorist Ivan Korshunov who takes over the president's plane…

Beautifully directed by Wolfgang Petersen who controls the action with his usual extreme intelligence, building the challenge with captivating, tense sequences from every compartment of the huge aircraft to the White House contingent in Washington…

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