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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Storyline

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 <dsl@sprynet.com>

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

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10 January 1997 (USA)  »

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$71,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$11,466,088 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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The airliner used in the movie (N614FF) was a Tower Air Boeing 747-246B. The fictional TCA livery seen is very similar to Japan Air Lines' livery but minus the Tsurumaru Crane Bird on the tail. See more »

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A 747 is unable to maintain stable flight while inverted, and then resume level flight. See more »

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Ryan Weaver: [after Maggie is strangled to death by Ryan] You rubbed me the wrong way.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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Frosty the Snowman
Written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins (as Walter Rollins)
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Flight attendant Lauren Holly faces off against killer Ray Liotta
13 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Turbulence" (1997) is an action thriller, a slick production of Hollywood, costing some $71 million to make. That kind of money buys a large-scale production with well-filmed effects and a decent script. It's in the disaster movie vein popular in the 70s, but darker and more directly brutal. It's predictable in broad outline but does have some surprises.

Ray Liotta secures a great role as a serial killer being transported by jumbo jet who takes over the plane, except for spunky flight attendant Lauren Holly who becomes his nemesis in the air. I rate it as about average for such thrillers. It's gripping and entertaining, and these are offset by obvious implausible things happening. Still, it's fun as such things go. I take it for what it is. It's not as elaborate or well-rounded as "Towering Inferno" or "Poseidon Adventure", but within its ambit of being inside an airplane, it's a well-fashioned story.


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