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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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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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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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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During the flight training scenes, he is supposed to be at a small airport in Frederick, Maryland. However, palm trees are visible in the background. See more »

Quotes

Nagi Hassan: 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.
Ahmed: This has nothing to do with Islam. This is not Allah's will. You're blinded by hatred.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Murphy Brown: Executive Decision (1996) 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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one word: dynamite!
12 April 2002 | by Special-K88See all my reviews

Slam-bang thriller is an intense, pulse-pounding thrill ride from beginning to end. Russell stars as a smart but inexperienced intelligence analyst who's given the task of a lifetime when he, along with a group of rugged Special Forces commandos, must board an American 747 in midair after it's hijacked by ruthless international terrorists. It's a race against time as they must not only ensure the safety of all the passengers, but retake the plane before it can reach the U.S. eastern seaboard. Swift direction, exciting, skillful action sequences, endless suspense, and rock solid performances make this wild ride of a movie a definite must for action fans. ***


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