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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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Director: Richard Howard
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Robert Sean Leonard, Bruce McGill
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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) (12 January 1997)

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$11,466,088 (USA) (16 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 Teri is able to make initial radio contact with the ground, one of the female ground controllers says that they need to locate a 747-200 training pilot. However from the exterior shots of the plane one can see that it is a 747-300 (however the 747-200 and 747-300 have the same type rating, so a -200 training pilot would be relevant to a -300). See more »

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[Ryan gets his foot wedge by the smoke barrier and screams]
Ryan Weaver: OH... you BITCH.
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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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5 June 2012 | by (Ladson, SC) – See all my reviews

I happen to love movies that take place on airplanes, maybe because they're usually, or always about the same thing: A terrorist (or more) hijacks the plane and threatens to kill the passengers, sometimes along with the pilot. Plus, there's a storm too, making matters worse. That's basically all you can do in an airplane movie. The only exception is "Snakes on a Plane". Anyway, I had a good time the whole way through, even though I think the film could have used more characters (and complications), and a flight attendant who is a lot more smarter. This flight attendant, played by Holly, isn't very bright, even for a victim. Maybe she should have been the one choked to death. The other stewardess, played by Hicks, is more interesting. Besides, aren't the victims killed off in horror movies usually the not-so-smart ones? I suppose I could give the movie credit for trying something a little different.

*** out of ****


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