Turbulence (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  10 January 1997 (USA)
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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 <dsl@sprynet.com>

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It's a killer ride. See more »


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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


When Teri idents the second time, the information appears on the map farther east than the first time, although the plane is flying west. See more »


Ryan Weaver: I know it's meaningless to mention. But a detective planted the evidence that convicted me.
Marshal Marty Douglas: You're innocent.
Ryan Weaver: Yes, I am.
Marshal Marty Douglas: Duly noted.
[opens a book titled "The Inner Guide Meditation"]
Ryan Weaver: Are you married?
Marshal Marty Douglas: Yeah, but I don't wear rings. I don't like jewelry.
Ryan Weaver: You don't have to defend yourself to me. Was that a tough sell to your wife? The "I don't like wearing jewelry" bit?
Marshal Marty Douglas: Weaver, I know you'd like to entertain yourself by engaging me in a challenging conversation. But, I like to read on a plane.
Ryan Weaver: Okay....
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References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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10 July 2003 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in the theater and it didn't remember it being so bad so when I saw the DVD at a bargain price I decided to pick it up. Bad decision! It really was an unbelievable movie from start to finish, and not in a good way. The acting by the two lead characters (Holly and Liotta) was very uneven and the script was totally lame.

The premise was okay but upon a second viewing you quickly realize there are many problems with the whole production. Even if we were to believe the developments, which become more absurd as it drags on, it's just to predictable to swallow.

I can't imagine why there would have been sequels to this mess. SAVE YOUR MONEY.

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