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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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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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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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Despite its box-office failure when of its release, the movie managed to get two direct-to-video sequels due to the film's good performance as being one of the most rented films of that year. See more »

Goofs

A 747 is unable to maintain stable flight while inverted, and then resume level flight. See more »

Quotes

Ryan Weaver: Alright, I need a volunteer for a dangerous mission.
[pulls out three circuit boards]
Ryan Weaver: You, You, You,OK,You
[pulls the main circuit board and gets electrocuted]
Ryan Weaver: OW! WHOA, WHOA, Ok, you can stay.
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Followed by Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying (1999) See more »

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Buffalo Gals
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Arranged by Dimitri Tiomkin
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Hokum-and hugely entertaining
25 June 2004 | by (cramlington u.k.) – See all my reviews

Many people are very critical of this movie-but it does have some fans,including me!Okay,the whole thing is full of absurdities-but so what!Butler takes the old "stewardess flies the plane" cliche,runs with it,and delivers an enormously entertaining slice of hokum.The formula is paired down to basics,as mad serial killer Weaver(Ray Liotta),creates havoc aboard the plane,determined it will crash into L.A.-so he can go out in a blaze of vengeful glory.All that stands in his way is plucky flight attendant Teri(Lauren Holly).The stage is set for a frantic live action "Tom and Jerry" wing ding between monstrous male psycho predator,and winsome female "prey". Liotta really seems to be enjoying himself here,and is given lots of goofy "psycho speak" to deliver with relish.Weaver has a sense of humor too!"I'm never flying this airline again!",he shouts to himself,after being tumbled backwards down some stairs,a leg painfully crushed in a door. Then there's Terri-cute,willowy and Bambi eyed-I found myself pretty upset seeing what poor Teri goes through in this movie!But despite insults,threats,punches,assaults,smoke attacks and all,she has the moxie to keep going.Battered,bruised and bloodied she still looks stunning!And at the beginning,we are told some guy just broke off his engagement to THIS girl!HE must've been crazier than Weaver!


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