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The Terminal (2004)

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

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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 Due to collapse of his government, his papers are no longer valid in the airport, and hence he is forced to stay in the airport till the war cools down.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 can leave. Written by Keith Francis

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Life is waiting.

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

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Terminal  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,053,199, 20 June 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$77,872,883

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$140,813,273
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In the French version of the movie, Dolores Torres says to Viktor that she goes to Star Trek conventions dressed as Uhura. In France, the Star Trek series is not as well known as in America and it was thought that the character of Yeoman Rand was less well known than the principal crew of the starship. Five years later Zoe Saldana, who plays Torres, would appear as Uhura in Star Trek (2009) and its sequels. See more »

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When Viktor leaves the cab in New York he is still wearing the policemans' overcoat. When he meets with the front desk clerk the overcoat is missing. See more »

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[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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Strangers in the Night
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A very bad movie from a master filmmaker
4 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Terminal is by far the worst Spielberg film so far. Not only the story is ridiculous – based on a true story that has a solid political/legal base – but Tom Hanks' portrait of this Western European man is also his worst work so far. Mr. Hanks - a good actor -being helped by the script and the Director portraits this man like a mentally challenge person, making this film extremely condescending towards Easter European people and foreigns in general. This is not a matter of language barrier or being in another country, is a matter of Mr. Hanks character's IQ. He speaks, moves, acts and reacts like a child or a grown man with a serious mental illness or simply like a stupid person, so the whole movie just doesn't work at all. Another problem is the Director wants us to believe that Mr. Hanks is an Easter European citizen only because he speaks with an accent; they should have made this movie with an unknown good foreign actor. On the other hand, the three characters that work at the airport and play poker to win stole objects are an African American, a Latino and an Indian man. If this is not racism, then what is this? Regarding the plot, it so unbelievable ridiculous that this movie can easy be science fiction. The true story on which this film is based on, it's quite different. It's a Hollywood obsession to change interesting stories to make then more "American," making this last word sounds like more "stupid." Just to make things even worst, the only female character in the film is a flight attendant portrayed nicely by Catherine Zeta Jones; but in this film the character is having a relationship with a rich married old man… another stereotype for the "whore" flight attendant… it's just too much. This is just a very bad movie that insults the viewers with condescending remarks over non-US characters and stereotypes.


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