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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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The year is 2027. On a routine flight, a solar flare hit an autonomous passenger aircraft, knocking out all control systems and communications.

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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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Final theatrical film directed by Robert Butler. See more »

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Just after Teri blocks the opening in the hull, the autopilot spontaneously reengages itself. Autopilots don't do that. See more »

Quotes

Ryan Weaver: That's it. I'm never flying this airline again!
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Referenced in Family Guy: Passenger Fatty-Seven (2017) See more »

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Buffalo Gals
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Arranged by Dimitri Tiomkin
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More watchable than a broken television
22 August 2002 | by (Järvenpää, Finland) – See all my reviews

I guess September 11th of 2001 has eaten lots away from the entertainment value of movies like "Passenger 57" or "Turbulence" but let's face it, this one was never a masterpiece to start with. The biggest reason to watch "Turbulence" is Ray Liotta's excellent, furious performance as a psychopathic killer Ryan Weaver. Without him the film would hardly be even half as good. There's very little of decent special effects and the plot is incredibly basic, providing not even a single surprise or a twist. In a nutshell, this is just one watchable plane flick if you really haven't got anything better to do and certainly more interesting than just an empty television screen.


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