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Air Force One (1997)

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Communist Radicals hijack Air Force One with The U.S. President and his family on board. The Vice President negotiates from Washington D.C., while the President, a Veteran, fights to rescue the hostages on board.

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Wolfgang Petersen
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harrison Ford ... President James Marshall
Gary Oldman ... Ivan Korshunov
Glenn Close ... Vice President Kathryn Bennett
Wendy Crewson ... Grace Marshall
Liesel Matthews ... Alice Marshall
Paul Guilfoyle ... Chief of Staff Lloyd Shepherd
Xander Berkeley ... Agent Gibbs
William H. Macy ... Major Caldwell
Dean Stockwell ... Defense Secretary Walter Dean
Tom Everett ... NSA Advisor Jack Doherty
Jürgen Prochnow ... General Alexander Radek (as Jurgen Prochnow)
Donna Bullock ... Press Secretary Melanie Mitchell
Michael Ray Miller ... AFO Pilot Colonel Axelrod
Carl Weintraub ... AFO Co-Pilot Lt. Col. Ingrahams
Elester Latham ... AFO Navigator / Major Bridges
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Storyline

The President of the USA goes to Moscow and gives a stirring speech outlining the USA's new "Zero-tolerance" policy with respect to terrorism. On the flight home, terrorists take over Air Force One (the President's official plane) and take the passengers (including his wife and daughter) hostage. The terrorists plan to execute one hostage every half-hour unless/until their demands are met. However, the President is a former Medal of Honor winner, so the terrorists may be in for a surprise... Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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A Wolfgang Petersen film See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jena Malone refused to audition for this film. See more »

Goofs

The Air Force One in the movie is incorrectly shown with Pratt & Whitney JT9D engines. The real VC-25A used as Air Force One is equipped with General Electric CF6 engines. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Major Perkins: [after landing in Kazakstan] Quick head count! One, two, three, four, five. Move out!
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Crazy Credits

Jürgen Prochnow plays General Ivan Radek yet in the cast list he is credited as "General Alexander Radek". See more »

Alternate Versions

To attract more viewers the German distributor (Buena Vista International) cut out some violent scenes to receive a "Not under 12" rating. The German video release contains the full version and is rated "Not under 16". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.: Deathlok (2014) See more »

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L'INTERNATIONALE
Lyrics by Eugène Pottier
Music by Pierre De Geyter
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It is what it is......fun
7 March 2005 | by Alvsy007See all my reviews

Nonstop action, thrilling suspense, dark humor, and a brilliant concept, this flag waving over the top action adventure was a good two hours in 1997.

The story: Enroute back to the States from Russia, Russian Nationals hijack the President's plane and hold him and his family (as well as most of his staff) hostage aboard Air Force One in order to release a Rouge General captured earlier.

Harrison Ford from his first minute to his last looks comfortable in his Presidential role. That's to say, Ford appears, acts and just plain feels like he should be President. (Come one who saw this movie and wanted him to run). Gary Oldman's performance as the main villain (Ivan) should be up there with the likes of Alan Rickman's Hans from Die Hard and John Malkovich's Leary-Booth-Carney from In the Line of Fire (coincidentally directed by Wolfgang Peterson as well). Glenn Close pulls of the Vice President role with smirks and spunk.

Stars aside I think the supporting cast should get an equal if not harder pat on the back. These guys…and girls…. really made the movie. They're the ones that brought the chuckles and caused gasps. Wendy Crewson (The Good Son) nailed her role with more grace than a first lady has actually shown in the last recallable years. Paul Guilfoyle ("CSI", The Negotiator), was the kind gentle, "best buddy", chief-of-staff, who brought a small smile to your face every time he is on-screen. Xander Berkeley ("24", Terminator 2), plays the chilling secret service agent Gibbs. The lovable William H. Macy plays the good-mannered Air Force Officer who puts himself in harm's way for the President more time than the Secret Service agents do. He just doesn't get enough screen time toward the beginning. And Dean Stockwell will have you cussing under your breath as the power-hungry Secretary of Defense. And it seems that Wolfgang Peterson watched every great Action/Military movie of the past 3 years and hired all those "briefing room generals". For this I applaud him. As for the terrorist, they rival those of Die hard. Cold, stone-faced, funny, smooth, and just plain hateable, they did their job.

The bulk of the movie takes place aboard the Air Force One no kidding eh?). And boy do you believe it. The production designer (Williams Sandell) obviously paid attention to detail, mimicking the real Presidential Aircraft. Small, claustrophobic and believable.

Andrew W. Marlowe's script gets it job done as well. Nothing award winning. It's everything you would expect given the story it has to tell. Couple times it will make you cringe, but again, look what it needs to accomplish.

The late Jerry Goldsmith's score for this movie is a hands down classic. Only having two weeks to score the film after Peterson rejected Randy Newman's work, Goldsmith with the help of Joel Mcneely composed one of the most bombastic, riveting, emotional, suspenseful, and patriotic scores I've heard come out of the film world. It works perfectly with the movie.

A few times your mind is going to be stretch you may have to resort to the "It's just a movie" mindset. Overall its fun. Not a bad way to spend 2 hours. Harrison Ford for President.


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Release Date:

25 July 1997 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,132,505, 27 July 1997

Gross USA:

$172,956,409

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$315,156,409
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2.39 : 1
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