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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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Stars: Ray Liotta, Lance Henriksen, Stuart Wilson
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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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$71,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,464,008, 12 January 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,466,088, 16 March 1997
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The airliner used in the movie (N614FF) was a Tower Air Boeing 747-246B. The fictional TCA livery seen is very similar to Japan Air Lines' livery but minus the Tsurumaru Crane Bird on the tail. See more »

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After the truck is shot off the wheel of the plane, the plane's tire is undamaged. See more »

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Ryan Weaver: You're not going to kill me. You can't kill me, 'cause you don't believe in capital punishment.
Teri Halloran: I changed my mind!
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Buffalo Gals
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Arranged by Dimitri Tiomkin
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The Worst Aviation Movie. Period.
16 March 2003 | by 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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