In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.
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
President Bill Clinton, who was the real U.S. President at the time of the film's release, loved and enjoyed the film so much that he actually saw it twice while in office and he praised it, giving it good reviews. He pointed out, however, that the real plane didn't have a parachute ramp or escape pods like the aircraft in the movie. In response, Wolfgang Petersen predicted that future models of Air Force One would incorporate such security features. See more »
In the first two thirds of the film, Major Caldwell wears a Senior Pilot badge on his uniform (wings with a star on top), both on his suit jacket and his shirt after he takes his jacket off. But in the last third of the film, he wears a Command Pilot badge (on top is a star with a wreath instead of just a star), which is awarded for a higher level of experience. See more »
[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 »
Air Force One is one great ride. What makes it work so well is the conviction that Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman bring to their roles. You can see in each actor's eyes that they stand behind what they believe in. Gary Oldman makes a perfect villian and a very complex one at that. He is not just an average, run of the mill madman. He has a family, he is someone's son and those facts make him that much more real. Harrison Ford is great as the president. He's strong, quick witted, and will do anything he can to save his family and staff from the hijackers. A good ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat for two hours, just as long as you don't ask any questions.
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