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
Glenn Close was a last-minute casting decision to play Vice President Kathryn Bennett. Close wore a wig from her own collection during shooting, because her haircut at the time was too short for the role. She only made one objection about her character in the original script: "They had written a scene of her breaking down and crying. And I said, 'I will not do that.' Because I thought we'd be doing women a disfavor if we had that cliché moment where she breaks down." See more »
When the terrorists force their way into the cockpit and try to take the plane off again, the man who takes the pilot's seat seems to have knowledge of flying a plane, but for someone desperate to take off again, he waits quite some time before advancing the throttle. In addition, the chances of a 747 taking off with drag flaps down, off a runway, with late throttle entry (given that jet engines need to spool up) are nil. The film should have ended after 28 minutes with AF1 crashing in a huge fireball. See more »
[after landing in Kazakstan]
Quick head count! One, two, three, four, five. Move out!
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Per Marshall's comment to her, the aide who helps him with the fax machine (portrayed by Messiri Freeman) is listed in the credits as "Future Postmaster General". See more »
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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