After a shootout on a flight transporting prisoners, a stewardess must outwit a smooth-talking serial killer and land the plane herself.




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FBI Agent Frank Sinclair
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Marshal Al Arquette


Ryan Weaver romances beautiful women before he kills them. Ryan is arrested, convicted, and is part of a Christmas Eve transfer of prisoners on a transcontinental 747 commercial flight. Other airlines at JFK may have holiday passengers waiting on stand-by, but this jumbo jet takes off with a lot of empty seats. Ryan and another prisoner overpower and kill their guards. The few civilian passengers are herded into a "pantry" on the plane and are not seen again until the end of the movie. Ryan eliminates the other prisoners and all the crew members except Teri Halloran. The remainder of the movie follows a "cat-and-mouse" game between Ryan and Teri on the 747. Written by Dennis Lewis <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terror, strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 January 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Turbulencia  »

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Box Office


$71,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,464,008 (USA) (10 January 1997)


$11,466,088 (USA) (14 March 1997)

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Did You Know?


The toy store in the movie in reality is a bookstore on the Main Street in Clinton, New Jersey, USA. There is a toy store on Main Street but it is in an alley and director Robert Butler didn't like the exterior of the building. The bookstore's front window was decorated with toys for the week of filming. See more »


After the truck is shot off the wheel of the plane, the plane's tire is undamaged. See more »


[Ryan gets his foot wedge by the smoke barrier and screams]
Ryan Weaver: OH... you BITCH.
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7.5 on a scale 1-10
26 October 2012 | by (Dumai) – See all my reviews

First: What I hate the most in action and thriller movies are helpless victims, what I want is people die while trying. This movie had evade that thing I hate, so I give this movie a very good verdict.

Second: I hate movies with such special effect, that when I watch it, I already knew it is only a special effect. (Like so many movies nowadays) This movie special effect is not perfect, but it gives the "reality" needed (real people tumbling, scattered stuff went flying all over the place, vacuum sucking effect). I literally hold my breath at certain times and jaw-dropping at later times. I also give this movie special effect a very good verdict.

Third: Many movies doesn't comply to logic. This movie also doesn't stray away from this situation. But let me give you some hint. Movie-Action-Fun to watch. If you want to find logic, go watch some news, documentaries, or heck, watch Dicovery Channel. This I write for those hatters.

Fourth: Humans are not perfect. Those actors and actresses filled each other, where some failed (not horribly though) and some triumphed. It's a movie, for crying out loud!!!

Very Good Movie, 2 thumbs up. Enough Said!

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