Terrorists take over a 747 bound from Athens to Washington D.C., supposedly to effect the release of their leader. Intelligence expert David Grant suspects another reason and convinces the military that the 'plane should not be allowed to enter U.S. airspace. An assault mission is devised, using a specially equipped 'plane designed for mid-air crew transfers, and Grant finds himself aboard the 747 with a team of military anti-terrorists who have to defuse a bomb and overpower the terrorists.Written by
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Sergeant Baker, played by Whip Hubley, pays a memorable backhanded compliment to the Navy F-14 pilots at a crucial point in the movie. Hubley previously played a Navy F-14 fighter pilot in Top Gun (1986). See more »
The computer navigation display on the Hail Mary plane shows its route doubling back by about 1,000 miles, requiring it to catch up with the 747 over that distance. This would waste a great deal of precious time and no reason is given for doing it. See more »
Allah has chosen us for a task far greater than Jaffa's freedom. We are the true soldiers of Islam. Our destiny is to deliver the vengeance of Allah into the belly of the infidel.
This has nothing to do with Islam. This is not Allah's will. You're blinded by hatred.
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The UK cinema, video and DVD versions have two small cuts. First, during the attack at the beginning of the film there are cuts to the use of the knife by the 'Steven Seagal (I)' character, on three of the bad guys. Another strange cut occurs on the plane during the hijack. Al Tar, the David Suchet character, is seen rising from a praying position to answer a phone call from the cockpit. The UK version shows him answering the phone only, you do not know he has been praying. See more »
I saw this in 1996 and thought it was extremely entertaining--an action movie with emphasis on suspense over shoot-em-up thrillers and explosions. Seeing it again, after the events in the past 4 years, is a different experience. Some of the fictional dialog has actually been quoted by fanatics in the news. I had the same reaction with Black Sunday with Robert Shaw. A movie meant as pure escapism is now more like "what if." Executive Decision does ask you to suspend disbelief several times, especially near the end. I would rank it up with Air Force One, which came out a year later and delivers the same type of "suspense over explosions" entertainment. And this film deserves extra kudos for making the ones that save the world a bit on the "misfit" side (Oliver Platt, John Leguizamo, Joe Morton, BD Wong, and yes, even Kurt Russell). Another nice slimy role for late character actor JT Walsh. And David Suchet makes a scary villain. Like the best villains (Alan Rickman from Die Hard comes to mind), he can be charming and terrifying at the same time.
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