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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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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:

Critical Decision 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

Originally developed at Paramount, the studio put the project in turnaround, and sold it to Warner Bros. in exchange for the rights and screenplay to Forrest Gump (1994). Executive Decision was considered a hot project, while Forrest Gump was going through multiple problems with the script and casting. In addition, some Warner executives were afraid that the success of Rain Man (1988) would preempt Gump, due to the perceived similarities of the projects' subject material (both involved lead characters with mental disabilities). See more »

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When Grant is attempting to land the plane at Dulles Airport, he aborts the landing and then looks at the surrounding area, and notices a stadium to the left. However, there is no sports stadium close to Dulles Airport, which is 26 miles west of Washington, DC. See more »

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Cappie: I think we're looking up the ass-end of a dead dog, but it's worth a try.
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Different After 9/11
27 July 2004 | by fischcjSee all my reviews

Like my review of "Air Force One", the counterpart of this movie which came out the following year, this movie takes on a whole new element in the post 9/11 world. When released, a terrorist taking control of an airplane and using it against American Citezens as a bomb seemed the stuff Hollywood would make up and produce. After those shocking events, however, the movie takes on a quality of realism that it didn't before, and unlike the aforementioned "Air Force One", is superior in many ways.

First off, the cast: Kurt Russell, Steven Seagal, and the star-to-be Halle Berry star. Russell proves himself as a versatile Character Actor. Afterall, his previous role was that of a Special Operations Soldier in the Sci-Fi hit "Stargate", and in this movie he plays an intelligence analyst whom Special Operations Soldiers despise, and pulls it off well. Seagal completely convinces you he is the Soldiers Soldier that he is supposed to be. And Halle Berry, well, she deserves that Oscar she later won, and her abilities are showcased here. She was not the star then that she is today, and this is perhaps one of her many breakout appearances.

Second, all branches of the Armed Forces (save the Marine Corps) have a chance to shine in this movie. It shows a true devotion among the men who serve the United States. The Special Ops guys are Army, the delivery pilot is Air Force and the Tomcat Pilots are Naval Aviators along the lines of Maverick from "Top Gun".

In conclusion, this is a good movie that is under-rated, and in the wake of 9/11, seems that much more real.


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