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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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Impenetrable. Invincible. In Trouble. See more »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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The in-fighting over the correct Presidential line of succession was inspired by the real-world conflict after President Ronald Reagan's assassination attempt. His Secretary of State, Alexander Haig, insisted he was in control of the government while Reagan was in surgery, attempting to bypass the Vice President. See more »

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When Marshall and Korshunov are fighting, Korshunov presses Marshall's face against a panel of buttons which are obviously fake. 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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Jürgen Prochnow plays General Ivan Radek yet in the cast list he is credited as "General Alexander Radek". See more »

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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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When Harrison Ford is President, All Hell Breaks Loose
16 October 2006 | by gavin6942See 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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