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Executive Decision (1996)

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When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation.

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Stuart Baird
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... David Grant
Steven Seagal ... Lt. Colonel Austin Travis
Halle Berry ... Jean
John Leguizamo ... Rat
Oliver Platt ... Cahill
Joe Morton ... Cappy
David Suchet ... Nagi Hassan
BD Wong ... Louie (as B. D. Wong)
Len Cariou ... Secretary of Defense Charles White
Whip Hubley ... Baker
Andreas Katsulas ... Jaffa
Mary Ellen Trainor ... Allison
Marla Maples ... Nancy (as Marla Maples Trump)
J.T. Walsh ... Senator Mavros
Ingo Neuhaus ... Doc
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Storyline

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 Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Five miles above the earth, an elite team of six men must make an air to air transfer, in order to save 400 lives on board a 747... and 40 million below. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Executive Action See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$56,569,216

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$121,969,216
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The airforce base, to which the fighter pilots try to get the plane to divert, is Thule. In The Thing (1982), another film starring Kurt Russell, the Norwegian camp is also called Thule. See more »

Goofs

When Grant discovers the pilots dead, he fails to do the one sensible thing he should have done-namely, find out if there are any trained pilots on board. Several of his crew are still functioning; what about Cahill, who designs planes? Instead, Grant acts for the rest of the film as if he's the only person on board with any chance of landing the plane, without any way of knowing that. And everyone else just stays put while they abort one landing, and get bounced around through another-what kind of sense does that make? See more »

Quotes

Rat: Didn't have details on the op, Colonel. So we brought everything, even the condoms.
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Alternate Versions

The Warner Bros. U.S. Blu-ray July 2011 release contains a notice that material has been altered from its original incarnation.
  • Shots showing the suicide bomber as he enters the restaurant holding the Qur'an have been removed.
  • During the scene when Halle Berry is covering for Kurt Russell in the elevator, when Nagi Hassan says "Just be patient it will all be over very soon.", he is no longer shown placing his hand on the Qur'an that was in his jacket pocket. Also, seconds later, the shot of him slightly opening the Qur'an and rifling his fingers through it is gone.
  • The entire shot of Nagi Hassan on his knees praying followed by the shot of the two pilots in the cockpit is gone. It cuts from B.D. Wong's character saying "He's blocked by the seats, there's passengers all around him." to the exterior shot of the F-14s arriving. And again, moments later, the scene is edited differently to hide the fact that Nagi is still on his knees in prayer before answering the phone call from the cockpit alerting him of the F14s arrival.
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Connections

Edited into Nowhere to Land (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Nice to Go Trav'ling
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under Licence from CEMA Special Markets
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Suspense and plot twists for everyone...
22 October 2000 | by JoH-2See all my reviews

I enjoyed this one. Sure there were some implausible things: the speed of the counter-action, the strange fact that a complete change of the aerodynamics of a stealth bomber seems to cause zero disturbance... But all in all it was well within bearable limits. Don't expect to see a 100% realistic plot in a movie that is supposed to contain heros! In reality, they usually get shot or explode before they have the chance to become one :-)

Critical Decisions has a more than adequate mix of suspense, better-than-horrible acting, plot twists and mild humor to relieve the tension. Whereas a lot of movies in the same genre totally screw up one or more of those aspects. I'm thinking about the terribly balanced "humor" in The Rock, for example. Killing all tension and involvement..

8/10

JoH


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