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The Terminal (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  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 Due to collapse of his government ,his papers are no longer valid in the airport, and hence he is forced to stay in the airport till the war cools down.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 finally has to leave. Written by Keith Francis

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Life is waiting.


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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:

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


$14,076,317 (Japan) (4 February 2005)

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According to his customs declaration, Viktor Navorski was born on 11 January 1956, i.e. he is almost six months older than Tom Hanks. See more »


When Viktor and Amelia are at dinner in the airport, their wine glasses jump from full to half full and back again between shots. 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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The opening credits are spelled out on the tumblers of the flight schedule boards. See more »


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8 July 2004 | by (Canada) – 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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