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The Terminal -- After arriving at New York's JFK airport, Viktor Navorski (Hanks) gets unwittingly caught in bureaucratic glitches that make it impossible for him to return to his home country or enter the U.S. Now, caught up in the richly complex and amusing world inside the airport, Viktor makes friends, gets a job, finds romance and ultimately discovers America itself.
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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Andrew Niccol (story) and
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Release Date:
18 June 2004 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Life is waiting.
Plot:
An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
5 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Waiting can be exciting… It can be also entertaining… See more (588 total) »


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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for brief language and drug references
Runtime:
128 min
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:TE | Finland:K-3 | France:U | Germany:o.Al. | Hong Kong:IIA | Iceland:L (original rating) | Iceland:LH (video rating) | India:U (cinema release) | Ireland:PG | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:MG6 | Norway:A | Peru:PT | Philippines:G | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:7 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:7 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Zurich) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13 (certificate #40891)

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Trivia:
The note on the photocopy of the hand attached to the sign "All Gates" says "FREE THE GOAT".See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Viktor first sees the news about the revolution and the channel changes, he repeatedly speaks out loud in Bulgarian to change the channel. The first sentence is alright but the second is gibberish.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Another Gay Movie (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Killer JoeSee more »

FAQ

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What is Viktor carrying in the Planters can?
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50 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Waiting can be exciting… It can be also entertaining…, 12 October 2008

The film begins with a cool look (green and blue), because Spielberg doesn't think of Immigration as a warm place to be for the few minutes it takes to clear a passenger and get him on his way… So all the cool tones are evident until Viktor starts to settle into his new home… He is going to be stuck in New York's JFK airport for an unspecified amount of time… From this moment we see Viktor stuck, trapped, unable to enter United States and that's the fun of this film…

Tom Hanks is really so calm, so likable, so emotional, so funny and so real in what he does… Here, he's a very dignified person who is extremely trusting and always full of positive hope… You couldn't insult him if you try… It's very hard to hurt his feelings… He finds the bright side of every angle problem he faces and finds a way for him to live with the situation… He has the virtue of patience, and the testament to hard work, perseverance, and humility… He loves people, and he experiences the culture in an odd way…

Hanks plays a Krakozhian capable gentleman whose name is Viktor Navorski who finds himself without a passport and a visa once both are taken from him by the powers-that-be at the terminal, because his visa no longer counts, since his country is no longer in existence, and his passport is no longer valid…

Catherine Zeta-Jones brings vulnerability and insecurity to her unhappy character… She plays the gorgeous flight attendant Amalia Warren, a very sensible woman who's always looking for love, trying to find the person that will be her prince… She really wears her emotions on her sleeve and is lonely… She wants some strong relationship in her life… Viktor and Amelia have oceans of things in common and it ends up playing itself out and that's a nice thing to play…

The story leaves a lot for reflection, and in some ways, Viktor's stillness allows him to be a mirror for the people working in the airport to meditate on their own lives…

"The Terminal" is a charming film… It looks beautifully and elegantly, but realistically…

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