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The Terminal (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  18 June 2004 (USA)
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An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.



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Dolores Torres (as Zoë Saldana)
Bobby Alima (as Guillermo Diaz)
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Valeriy Nikolaev ...
Milodragovich (as Valera Nikolaev)


Victor Novarski reaches JFK airport from a politically unstable country. Due to collapse of his government ,his papers are no longer valid in the airport, and hence he is forced to stay in the airport till the war cools down. He makes the airport his home and develops a friendship with the people who work there until he finally has to leave. Written by Keith Francis

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Life is waiting.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief language and drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 June 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terminal  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,053,199 (USA) (18 June 2004)


$14,076,317 (Japan) (4 February 2005)

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Did You Know?


The note on the photocopy of the hand attached to the sign "All Gates" says "FREE THE GOAT". See more »


When Viktor is building the fountain, he is seen soldering pipes together. The sound effect is of an electrical sound made while arc welding. This sound is not made while soldering. See more »


[first lines]
PA announcer: United Airlines announcing the arrival of Flight 9435 from Beijing. Customer service representative, please report to gate C42.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are spelled out on the tumblers of the flight schedule boards. See more »


References Star Trek: Voyager (1995) See more »


Strangers in the Night
Written by Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton & Eddie Snyder
Performed by Strings Unlimited
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User Reviews

Delightful Fable About a Patient Man Who Is Trapped by the Bureaucracy in the International Lounge of JFK
25 April 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) has just arrived from Krakozhia in JFK Airport, when there is a coup in his small eastern country, with the revolutionary forces taking the government by force. The USA does not recognize the new government and the validity of his VISA and passport are canceled. Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci), the bureaucratic administrator of the airport, who rules by the book and does not show any compassion for people, leaves Viktor, who does not speak English, in the international lounge of the airport with a problem without solution. While patiently living in Gate 67 for a long period, Viktor survives, learns English by himself, makes new friends among the employees of the airport and falls in love for Amelia Warren (Catherine Zeta-Jones). "The Terminal" is a delightful and uncommon fable about a patient man who is trapped by the bureaucracy in the international lounge of JFK. I heard that an equivalent event would have happened indeed in Paris, but there is no reference on the DVD, and the writer takes the credits for the idea of this theme. Anyway, Steven Spielberg is really magic, and was able to make a delightful movie with such a weird storyline. Tom Hanks is excellent as usual and the beauty of Catherine Zeta-Jones is still very impressive. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Terminal" ("The Terminal")

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