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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 Due to collapse of his government, his papers are no longer valid in the airport, and hence he is forced to stay in the airport till the war cools down.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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,053,199 (USA) (18 June 2004)

Gross:

$77,032,279 (USA) (20 August 2004)
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Trivia

Steven Spielberg cut a line from the film where Navorski gets help using a phone card and says, "Home phone, home phone!" Spielberg cut this because he didn't want comparisons to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and the famous lines "Phone home." See more »

Goofs

When Viktor approaches Torres' desk, from her point of view, we can see his drivers license in front of his light green form in his hand. When the shot switches to Viktor's point of view, ie. the view from the other side, we still see the drivers license in front of the light green form. 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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The opening credits are spelled out on the tumblers of the flight schedule boards. See more »

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Featured in Waiting for the Flight: Building 'The Terminal' (2004) See more »

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Written & Performed by Benny Golson
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A Feel-Good Dramedy That Explores Humanity
8 July 2014 | by (Worcester, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, two of the biggest names in Hollywood, two people who could literally make any film they wanted to, and instead they settle on a feel-good dramedy... good thinking Steven. 'The Terminal' is a charming adaptation of a true story about a foreign civilian stuck in an American airport terminal lounge after his country faces war. The thing that makes this film worth watching are the excellent performances from the amiable cast and the sympathetic direction from Spielberg. After watching some of the behind the scenes as well, I was amazed at how the crew had built a full-size replica airport in a hangar in LA complete with working escalators, the attention to detail is astounding, and this makes the film that much more worth sitting through. 'The Terminal' is an entertaining comedy-drama that explores humanity and sentimentality, a spectacular flick from Spielberg and Hanks.


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