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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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1st Officer Ted Kary (as James MacDonald)
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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) (10 January 1997)

Gross:

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

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 »

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When the plane loses communication, the controller asks them to sqawk 7700...the actual transponder code for loss of communication is 7600. It is also doubtful that 747s have a rapidly closing sliding door at the top of the staircase to the upper deck. See more »

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Sinclair: Wait a minute, wait a minute. You've got a 747 beat to hell by level 6 turbulence, your flight crew is dead, you've got an armed convicted serial killer loose on board, eight passengers have disappeared, and your stewardess is locked in the goddamned cockpit. Have I left anything out?
Controller: You forgot about the truck.
[it's stuck to the landing gear]
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Connections

Followed by Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying (1999) See more »

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Frosty the Snowman
Written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins (as Walter Rollins)
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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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