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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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Release Date:

25 July 1997 (USA)  »

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AFO  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Jodie Foster were considered for the role of Vice President Kathryn Bennett. See more »

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Papers in President Marshall's hand in the conference room. 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 »

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.43 (2011) See more »

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L'INTERNATIONALE
Written by Eugène Pottier (as Eugene Pottier) and Pierre Degeyter
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Fun to watch, if you do not make a big deal out of technical accuracy.
19 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Very entertaining action, once you get past the "believability" problems, i.e., terrorists getting on the plane at all, the plane having an on-board armory, Secret Service agents' inability to shoot accurately, etc.

Acting is good enough that you care about the characters.

As others have noted, the CGI aerial sequences sometimes have the aircraft moving in unnatural or impossible ways, and this is visually jarring. (After the touch-and-go, Air Force One turns a 180 almost like a helicopter) I gave it a 7 out of 10 - not brilliant, but makes for an entertaining evening.


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