An airline security expert must take action when he finds himself trapped on a passenger jet when terrorists seize control of it.

Director:

Kevin Hooks

Writers:

Stewart Raffill (story), Dan Gordon (story) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wesley Snipes ... John Cutter
Bruce Payne ... Charles Rane
Tom Sizemore ... Sly Delvecchio
Alex Datcher ... Marti Slayton
Bruce Greenwood ... Stuart Ramsey
Robert Hooks ... Dwight Henderson
Elizabeth Hurley ... Sabrina Ritchie
Michael Horse ... Forget
Marc Macaulay ... Vincent
Ernie Lively ... Chief Biggs
Duchess Tomasello Duchess Tomasello ... Mrs. Edwards
William Edward Roberts ... Matthew (as Cameron Roberts)
James Short James Short ... Allen
Joel Fogel Joel Fogel ... Dr. Bauman
Jane McPherson Jane McPherson ... Nurse
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Storyline

Air travel is the safest, the FAA says. But the FAA never figured the risk with Charles Rane on board. "The Rane of Terror" has masterminded four terrorist attacks. Soon there will be a fifth -- and that's bad news for the passengers on Flight 163. But there's good news too: the man in seat 57. Wesley Snipes plays John Cutter, an undercover security operative who enters the lavatory and exits to find Rane (Bruce Payne) and his gang have taken over. Cutter's next move is clear. Do. Or be done to. Written by Robert Lynch <docrlynch@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He's an ex-cop with a bad mouth, a bad attitude, and a bad seat. For the terrorists on flight 163 . . . he's very bad news.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for terrorist violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Denzel Washington and Eddie Murphy were considered for the leading role. See more »

Goofs

The movie establishes who are the terrorists right from the first moments on the plane. However, only three are shown at a first moment; the other two (Matthew and the first guy who fought with Cutter) simply appeared out of nowhere without any scenes showing they were on the plane. Not all of the passengers are shown on screen, there are over 200 aboard. These two would have been there the whole time but not shown until they took over the plane. See more »

Quotes

[Rane bursts into the cockpit with his gun pointed at the crew]
Charles Rane: Who's in charge?
Captain Whitehurst: I am.
Charles Rane: [shoots the captain and then points his gun at the first officer] Once again, who's in charge?
First Officer: You are.
Charles Rane: Excellent.
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Crazy Credits

The first part of the credits scroll while John Cutter and Marti Slayton walk along the runway towards the fairground in the distance as fireworks go off in the night time sky See more »

Alternate Versions

German TV- and Retail-Version were cut to obtain a 16-rating See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies That Ripped Off Die Hard (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Too High
Written by Stevie Wonder
Performed by Norman Brown
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P.
Single on MoJazz
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A pretty poor effort at an airline hostage movie
21 March 1999 | by BaldyManSee all my reviews

This movie could have done with an extra 40 minutes in order to develop the characters further. As it stands we are left with a movie that has a cliche-ridden plot, weak characters and lacking in excitement.

Bruce Payne is reasonably good as the bad guy but the 84 minutes really didn't allow him time to explore the character's possibilities. Wesley Snipes isn't on best form here either.

If you want to see a well-produced aeroplane hostage movie, take a look at Air Force One and give this a miss.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Passenger 57 See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida Keys, Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,513,925, 8 November 1992

Gross USA:

$44,065,653

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,065,653
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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