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Turbulence (1997)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
FBI Agent Frank Sinclair
Captain Samuel Bowen
Gordy Owens ...
Captain Matt Powell
1st Officer Ted Kary
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


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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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 co-pilot engages the auto pilot and starts walking out of the cockpit, the plane is shown as sharply gaining altitude. The co-pilot then lunges forward, as if the plane had taken a sharp descent. See more »


[Teri takes the drink orders]
Ryan Weaver: I'll have the complimentary champagne.
Marshal Marty Douglas: Like hell you will!
Ryan Weaver: Okay, I'll have a Bloody Mary.
Marshal Marty Douglas: Weaver!
Ryan Weaver: Hold the vodka, the celery and the Tabasco.
Teri Halloran: If you wanted a tomato juice, why didn't you just say so?
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The Worst Aviation Movie. Period.
16 March 2003 | by (Big Blue Marble, #3) – See all my reviews

Disgusting. That sums up the train-wreck-in-the-sky entitled "Turbulence". The DVD should come with its' own air-sick bag, because you'll be nauseaous from the time it lifts off the runway.

A thin story is anchored even more by horrible, and I mean horrible acting from both Ray Liotta and Lauren Holly. This is yet another Ray Liotta psychopath flick. When is he not type-cast as a thug or maniac? Very predictable lines from him. Lauren Holly looked like a genius - in Dumb and Dumber. "Turbulence" highlights the lowest point in her acting career. From horrible make-up, to times in the movie where she goes from calm (when she shouldn't be) to a screaming mess defending herself from Liotta's killer habits.

Luckily, a friend lent me this DVD, so I didn't actually waste any money on it, but I did waste an hour and 37 minutes.

This is no Airport '75 - not by a long shot.

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