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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 »
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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:
3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for brief language and drug references
Runtime:
128 min
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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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In the scene where Viktor is avoiding the security camera near the exit, the camera is of the Espree line manufactured by Pelco in Clovis, CA. The motor noises had to be added to the film, because the Espree PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) features operate virtually silently.See more »
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Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Frank and Victor are in Frank's office toward the beginning of the movie, Frank mentions a Twilight Zone episode named Nightmare At 30,000 Feet. The episode is actually named Nightmare At 20,000 Feet.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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References Chinatown (1974)See more »
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For All We KnowSee more »

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218 out of 292 people found the following review useful.
Feel-good, 8 July 2004
Author: Derek237 from Canada

It's funny how Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, two of Hollywood's most powerful men, who could literally do any movie they want, end up making something like The Terminal. Instead of reaching for new heights of film-making like including the latest in special effects, or new original ways of storytelling and editing, Spielberg goes back to a simpler form. That in itself is surprisingly refreshing. Filmmakers try so hard to be inventive and change the typical form of the classics, that when someone finally does go back to that Capra or Wilder fashion, it ends up seeming original. That's what The Terminal goes for. A movie about characters, not plot. About emotion, not CGI. It's a true heart-felt piece of work. It's funny, it's cute, and it always keeps you interested.

Tom Hanks leads an exceptional cast as Viktor Navorski, a man stranded in JFK airport, not welcome in the U.S. and having no country to come home to. Throughout the experience he makes friends, a love interest, and a rival. He changes all of their lives, of course. That's to be expected from a movie like this. Tom Hanks is totally believable, accent and all. It's a performance well worthy of an Oscar nod.

I loved The Terminal for many reasons, but one big reason is it's simplicity. And more importantly, because it is good at being simple. It doesn't contribute anything new to movies, it doesn't try to. It is what it is. A great, feel-good film. Something that is getting rarer and rarer these days. Sometimes you'll want to see a gritty, wrenching melodrama, but other times you'll want to see The Terminal.

My rating: 10/10

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