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.
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
Playing the President's preteen daughter was Liesel Matthews, who had played the lead role a couple of years earlier in A Little Princess (1995). In fact, she was a princess of sorts. She was born Liesel Pritzker, an heiress to the family fortune of the Pritzkers, the Chicago clan that owns the Hyatt hotel chain. Her parents had divorced, and a battle brewed over whether she would use her father's or stepfather's surname as her stage name. She solved the problem by taking her brother Matthew's first name as her professional last name. See more »
Some of the HALO jumpers in the opening scene use handguns to kill guards on the building roof. Such precision marksmanship while flying a parachute would be extremely challenging even with long guns. To do so using pistols would be all but impossible. See more »
[after landing in Kazakstan]
Quick head count! One, two, three, four, five. Move out!
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Gary Oldman's character is credited as Ivan Korshunov, even though he's called Egor every time his name is seen onscreen. See more »
Some US TV edits of the movie remove the Russian swearing done by the terrorists (for example, when Gary Oldman finds out that the escape pod was deployed and he yells twice, the sound heard is a yell from later in the movie). See more »
When Harrison Ford is President, All Hell Breaks Loose
Harrison Ford plays a president who refuses to negotiate with terrorists. But after one terrorist (Gary Oldman) hijacks the Air Force One and the president's wife and daughter, maybe he will have to rethink his position.
Allegedly, Kevin Costner was supposed to be playing the president. Boy am I glad he was too busy making "The Postman" for this movie. Not only did he make a great Postman, but he would have made a horrible president. When you want drama, you call Costner. When you want action, you call Bruce Willis. When you want the perfect blend of drama and action, you call Harrison Ford (think "The Fugitive", for example... don't think "Star Wars").
Ford is great as a diplomat, but equally as good with a gun and in a fight. But the real star of this is Gary Oldman, who plays an evil and soulless terrorist determined to get his old general freed from prison. Oldman plays it like he means it, killing mercilessly while still appearing cold and calculated rather than insane. The writer even had the decency to have Oldman deliver lines condemning the president for bombing villages while being against terror.
Glenn Close and Dean Stockwell made great supporting stars, and even William H. Macy seemed a little less flamboyant than usual in his role as a military man.
This film is especially interesting in the context of our current president, George W. Bush. Bush has also gone on record many times for not negotiating with terrorists and takes a hardline approach similar to Harrison Ford. What would Bush do if terrorists hijacked his plane or kidnapped his family? Even giving me that visual image made this film worth the viewing.
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