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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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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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25 July 1997 (USA)  »

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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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On the DVD commentary, if Harrison Ford did not want to play the lead role, then Arnold Schwarzenegger, Keanu Reeves, and Dennis Quaid would be the other choices to play the lead role. Others considered include Tom Hanks, John Malkovich, and Tommy Lee Jones. See more »

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Major Caldwell remarks that he cannot fly a plane, yet he clearly wears Command Pilot wings on his shirt. To be able to rate the wings, Caldwell would have had to be a military pilot for at least 15 years, with at least 3000 flight hours. Even if he was not rated for multi-engine aircraft like AF1, he would have definitely been more qualified to fly the aircraft than Marshall, whose experience is limited to helicopters and small single-engine aircraft from a period dating to the Vietnam War. 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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High Tension, Action, Heroism & PC
2 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

A very clichéd but interesting film with a two-fisted President of the United States (Harrison Ford) literally taking on terrorism himself on board his jet, Air Force One. Believable? Of course not, but it's an story that hooks you in and keeps you involved all the way. It could have been trimmed down, to be sure, but the better-than-average action scenes help make up for that. While not blatant, the film did have it's typical Hollywood Liberal slant with political correctness abounding....so be aware of that. It borders on reverse sexism and racism and there is a fair share of profanity in here if you are concerned about that.

The sound on the DVD is tremendous with some excellent rear speaker action. It would be great demo model for anyone's surround sound system. It adds measurably to the enjoyment of the film. If you like action and a lot of tension, this film has it. It's one of those movies that wears you out by the end of it!


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