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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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Cast

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 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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Taglines:

Impenetrable. Invincible. In Trouble. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

25 July 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

AFO See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,132,505, 27 July 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$172,956,409

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$315,156,409
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Harrison Ford was originally considered to work with Wolfgang Petersen on Outbreak (1995). The role of Colonel Sam Daniels was written for him, but he turned it down (it went to Dustin Hoffman). See more »

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At the speeds required to keep a 747 and a C-130 in the air, it would be virtually impossible to transfer people from the 747 safely via a cable and freewheeling pulley system. Even if the C-130 flew much lower than the 747, the force of the moving air would be more than enough to counteract gravity. Especially since in most shots the C-130 is also in front of the 747. The C-130 would have to be slightly behind the door of the 747 and nearly level with it to make an attempt even remotely feasible. See more »

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Major Perkins: [after landing in Kazakstan] Quick head count! One, two, three, four, five. Move out!
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The US TV version is edited for content, including: the opening scene has less shots of Russians being shot, the scene where Gibbs shoots three secret service agents is at a different angle (the camera is on him the entire time, instead of showing bullets hitting the agents), a terrorist wacking a secret service agent in the face with his weapon, Egor shooting a communications officer, Egor shooting the co-pilot (no blood), Egor shooting Doherty, Marshall breaking one of the terrorists' neck (removed completely), Egor's death (his neck doesn't snap), Radek's death (we never actually see him getting shot), the PJ's death (it's framed so there's no blood splattering on the wall), Caldwell's death (it's framed so we don't see blood), and numerous swearing. See more »

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Brilliant comedy, crappiest action movie
11 October 2002 | by orion34-1See all my reviews

The times of the cold war have gone a long time ago, so why chew on this subject in the very end of the 20th century? Some people seem to be unaware of this fact. What surprises us is that among these people are actors that are famous and respected in the whole world, and also that this horrible movie has eaten so much money and it's being sold as an action movie. This movie is the reincarnation of Rocky III (& alike movies from the cold war era) idea, where Rocky (Stallone) was chasing enemy tanks on a horse :)

Harrison Ford is a good actor, but they forgot to warn him that this movie is a joke, and he took it too seriously - which makes him look ridiculous. (Maybe it would have been a good idea to invite Eddie Murphy instead?). It's understood that some Americans would like to see Indiana Jones (or Swarzenegger, or Stallone) as their president :) Even though Gary Oldman is known for playing bad guys, this time he did a bad job - he has nothing in common with Russians. Sorry Gary, we know you have very good brains and lots of decent offers, guess your agent didn't read the script carefully and when you realized how bad it was, there was no turning back.....

We laughed our asses off hearing those presumably Russian characters and trying to understand what they were saying. Actually the only Russian actor who spoke perfect Russian (he said two words!) was killed in the very beginning :) Big mistake :) And during the rest of the movie we were reading the English translation being unable to get through horrible American accents of the "Russians".

President Petrov is as funny as if the American president was called John Smith :)

From our Russian point of view, it's a surprise that this movie wasn't prohibited here in Russia. Well, looks like our country has more freedom and sense of humour :) We are happy that we watched this movie on the TV and didn't spend a single ruble on buying or renting it (just lost 2 hours of our time), otherwise we would have been sorry. Actually we don't really regret spending our time, it's been a long time since we laughed that much on a movie that wasn't meant to be a comedy :)

P.S. No offense meant towards America and Americans, we've read other people's comments and it's obvious that most of them share our point of view. Friendship forever :)

Oleg & Olga, Moscow, former USSR


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