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The Terminal (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Due to collapse of his government, his papers are no longer valid in the airport, and hence he is forced to stay in the airport till the war cools down.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 can leave. Written by Keith Francis

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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 USA:

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

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Did You Know?


In this movie, Dolores Torres (played by Zoe Saldana) is said to go to Star Trek conventions dressed as Yeoman Rand. Zoe Saldana later played Uhura in Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek Beyond (2016). See more »


Amelia Warren says the croissant was invented in Romania. It was actually invented in Budapest, Hungary, after the Austro-Hungarian army defeated the Turks. It's shaped like a crescent because the Turkish flag includes a crescent moon. 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

SPOILER: In the closing credits, the names of the production staff and prominent cast are the person's actual signature, rather than the standard block print used in the remainder of the credits. This follows with the secondary plot of Victor trying to get the last signature for the memory of his deceased father. See more »


References The Outer Limits: The Zanti Misfits (1963) See more »


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Written by Bert Kaempfert, Charles Singleton & Eddie Snyder
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User Reviews

8 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

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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