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The Terminal -- An eastern immigrant finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Andrew Niccol (story) and
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Release Date:
18 June 2004 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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:
Very good film See more (583 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 main character of this movie was originally scripted to arrive from Slovenia but this was changed after the advice from the former consul of Republic of Slovenia in the United States Mark Rijavec. Since Slovenia is by some considered to be Switzerland of the Eastern Europe it would not look credible would a civil war be started in one of the new members of the European Union.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Victor translates while holding the medicine bottles, he is holding a different number of bottles in each hand at different angles.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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Soundtrack:
For All We KnowSee more »

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What is Viktor carrying in the Planters can?
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82 out of 134 people found the following review useful.
Very good film, 24 September 2004
Author: jeromec-2 from Canada

I liked The Terminal. I liked all of the people and all of the situations.

Most people who saw this liked the minor characters especially Gupta who took particular delight in watching people slide on his wet floor.

That was fine, but not to be difficult I liked the courtship between the very shy but proper food delivery person and the immigration official better. Navorski was kind gentle and wise as acting as their Cyrano. He neither fell in love with nor did he take advantage of her.

The Terminal is a romance in the tradition of (say) Picnic. As a teenage, I watched with envy as William Holden easily courted a beautiful, vulnerable younger Kim Novac. What did it matter that he was old enough to be her father? The girls in movie houses still drooled over him and wished they were her.

So with this. Most male reviewers take exception to Zeta Jones in The Terminal. Much more sophisticated these days. Pity. She was actually quite good. She was like the little Mermaid: much of what she conveyed could not be done with her voice. The same thing with the Zeta Jones character: everything she said had to be done with her eyes and tears. She knows Navorski's value. She knows his character and how good he is. She wants him and is certain he wants and deserves her, but she knows that sooner or later she will betray him and that would devastate him. She knows herself so well that she feels unworthy of him. She cannot betray such a good and honorable man. What then does that make her? Is she any less honorable and worthy? Should she be any less desirable for the boys than William Holden for the girls?

This film is not Schindler's List. But it's not Beach Blanket Bingo either. It is a wonderful character study well worth seeing.

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A really good movie. But Why would americans like it? alok_khanna
Anybody speak Russian or Bulgarian? onebigFAn
Are you f@#$ing kidding me andysacco
Why was noone else on Viktor's flight held up? jigo121
Arriving In America without any $$$$ ? shakeel_shaikh
Feel good movies ilBuono
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