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Air Force One (1997)

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Hijackers seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he - an ex-soldier - works from hiding to defeat them.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... President James Marshall
... Ivan Korshunov
... Vice President Kathryn Bennett
... Grace Marshall
... Alice Marshall
... Chief of Staff Lloyd Shepherd
... Agent Gibbs
... Major Caldwell
... Defense Secretary Walter Dean
... NSA Advisor Jack Doherty
... General Alexander Radek (as Jurgen Prochnow)
... Press Secretary Melanie Mitchell
... AFO Pilot Colonel Axelrod
Carl Weintraub ... AFO Co-Pilot Lt. Col. Ingrahams
... AFO Navigator / Major Bridges
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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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The fate of a nation rests on the courage of one man. See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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25 July 1997 (USA)  »

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AFO  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Harrison Ford told Gary Oldman to actually hit him during the filming of the fight scenes. See more »

Goofs

The in-flight refueling hardware on the real Air Force One makes a bulge visible below the cockpit window. The Boeing 747 used in the film lacks this bulge. There are numerous other differences between the plane depicted in the movie and the real Air Force One. See also the trivia entry. See more »

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[first lines]
Major Perkins: [after landing in Kazakstan] Quick head count! One, two, three, four, five. Move out!
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Per Marshall's comment to her, the aide who helps him with the fax machine (portrayed by Messiri Freeman) is listed in the credits as "Future Postmaster General". See more »

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Written by Eugène Pottier (as Eugene Pottier) and Pierre Degeyter
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When Harrison Ford is President, All Hell Breaks Loose
16 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

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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