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Turbulence (1997)

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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Director: Richard Howard
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Robert Sean Leonard, Bruce McGill
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Marshal Al Arquette
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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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Budget:

$71,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,464,008 (USA) (12 January 1997)

Gross:

$11,466,088 (USA) (16 March 1997)
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Final theatrical film directed by Robert Butler. See more »

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When the plane is descending into KLAX as it nears the runway threshold, a whoop-whoop siren blares in the cockpit. The pilot in the control tower trying to assist the landing immediately says that the "plane is stalled." The stall warning is either a horn, a stick shaker, or both; neither of which is sounding in the cockpit. The whoop-whoop noise is associated with the Ground Proximity Warning System. The "training pilot" in the tower would know the difference in the alarms and would not then ask for TOGA power to avoid a stall. Furthermore, he would not be concerned about a GPWS alarm while the plane is over the runway. See more »

Quotes

Ryan Weaver: That's it. I'm never flying this airline again!
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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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Buffalo Gals
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Arranged by Dimitri Tiomkin
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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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