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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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A disgraced former air traffic controller is called back into service when the airport's traffic control system malfunctions.

Director: Richard Howard
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Robert Sean Leonard, Bruce McGill
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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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If you weren't afraid of flying before, you will be now. See more »

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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)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$11,466,088 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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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 »

Quotes

Sinclair: How's a fucking stewardess going to land the plane?
Rachel Taper: She's a flight attendant!
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References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

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Frosty the Snowman
Written by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins (as Walter Rollins)
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How's this for rationalizing?
1 December 2002 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

There's a bizarre human appetite for that which is awful. From lookie-looing at traffic accidents to Man Show mooks to Lettreman's stupid pet tricks to worst home videos, etc., people like to watch people being stupid, outrageous, and ridiculous. Therein lies the appeal of "Turbulence", a not-to-be-taken-seriously white knuckle ride into the realm of the ridiculous with Holly as the "Stew" who's got to save a 747 jumbo jet with a handful of passengers against all odds including one very whacked out serial killer (Liotta). Ok, ok...this movie is stupid. However, for those who can get to that place in their heads where they don't intellectualize, just go with it, and enjoy the humor-tinged hair raising suspense and silliness, 100 minutes of entertainment awaits. (C)


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