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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 Due to collapse of his government, his papers are no longer valid in the airport, and hence he is forced to stay in the airport till the war cools down.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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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$77,032,279 (USA) (20 August 2004)
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It is mentioned that Officer Torres (Zoe Saldana) attends Star Trek conventions. When Torres accepts his marriage proposal, she greets Cruz (Diego Luna) with the "Vulcan salute" from Star Trek. Saldana later went on to play the role of Uhura in the Star Trek films, in which she dates Spock, a Vulcan. See more »

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In the dinner on the patio scene, the way in which the waiter holds the lighter changes. When he lights the first candle, the lighter is resting on his arm. When he lights the second candle however, his left arm is at his side and in the next shot the lighter is resting on that arm. See more »

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PA announcer: United Airlines announcing the arrival of Flight 9435 from Beijing. Customer service representative, please report to gate C42.
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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 »

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Terminally over-sugared
16 July 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Oh dear. A great premise for a movie, loosely based on the true story of the immigrant who was stranded at Paris airport due to diplomatic bureaucracy, however Spielberg reduces the whole story to implausible sugary mush.

No doubt the director, famed for his heavy-handed and childlike emotional manipulation, thought he was improving the drama by adding a love interest in the shape of Catherine Zeta-Jones, but no one in their right mind could believe that such an attractive and well-groomed woman would ever fall for the shabby, caricature Russian immigrant as played by Tom Hanks. Such a waste of talent and money.

Spielberg obviously believes that his audience has a mental age of 10, and an exceptionally low IQ, as that is probably the only target group that would enjoy this very silly and soppy romantic drama. Shame on you, Steven Spielberg, for offering adult cinema-goers this sugary pap!

Hanks' performance is no worse and no better than his recent stint in The Ladykillers, i.e. mildly amusing in a cartoonish sort of way. If I were Russian I would be seriously insulted by the bordering-on racist portrayal. Miraculously, Hank's character moved from speaking almost no English to being extremely fluent within a very short period, and gaining a posse of bumbling friends within the airport. The genre should have been listed as fantasy rather than romantic drama. And as for the comedy aspect - I seem to have totally missed it, unless it's deemed funny to laugh at foreigners in a difficult predicament.

With some character development and a decent script, this could have been an interesting film, however it's two leads were sadly wasted in this saccharine turkey.


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