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Turbulence (1997)

After a shootout on a flight transporting prisoners, a flight attendant must outwit a smooth-talking serial killer and land the plane herself.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Liotta ... Ryan Weaver
Lauren Holly ... Teri Halloran
Brendan Gleeson ... Stubbs
Hector Elizondo ... Lt. Aldo Hines
Rachel Ticotin ... Rachel Taper
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Brooks
John Finn ... FBI Agent Frank Sinclair
Ben Cross ... Captain Samuel Bowen
Catherine Hicks ... Maggie
Heidi Kling ... Betty
Gordy Owens Gordy Owens ... Carl
J. Kenneth Campbell ... Captain Matt Powell
James MacDonald ... 1st Officer Ted Kary
Michael Harney ... Marshall Marty Douglas
Grand L. Bush ... Marshal Al Arquette
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Storyline

Ryan Weaver romances beautiful women before he kills them. Ryan is arrested, convicted, and is part of a Christmas Eve transfer of prisoners on a transcontinental 747 commercial flight. Other airlines at JFK may have holiday passengers waiting on stand-by, but this jumbo jet takes off with a lot of empty seats. Ryan and another prisoner overpower and kill their guards. The few civilian passengers are herded into a "pantry" on the plane and are not seen again until the end of the movie. Ryan eliminates the other prisoners and all the crew members except Teri Halloran. The remainder of the movie follows a "cat-and-mouse" game between Ryan and Teri on the 747. Written by Dennis Lewis <dsl@sprynet.com>

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It's a killer ride. See more »

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Rated R for terror, strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Turbulencia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$71,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,464,008, 12 January 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$11,466,088, 16 March 1997
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2.35 : 1
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The airliner used in the movie (N614FF) was a Tower Air Boeing 747-246B. The fictional TCA livery seen is very similar to Japan Air Lines' livery but minus the Tsurumaru Crane Bird on the tail. See more »

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The jet ordered to shoot down Teri's plane is identified by the call sign "Moondog" but his side-panel and helmet clearly indicates his call sign is "Hammer". See more »

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Rachel Taper: Ok, she's cleared the buildings. There's just one small problem...
Lt. Aldo Hines: I think it's a ford...
[stuck to the landing gear]
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Carol o' the Bells
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Arranged by Shirley Walker
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Lots of Fun, But Check Your Brains At The Door
9 December 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Here's one of those films that wears you out. By the end, you're exhausted. I really liked this the first two times but three viewings were enough. By then, the absurdity of the whole thing had fried what few brain cells I have left.

Ray Liotta is excellent as the psycho serial killer who puts on a charming Ted Bundy-like appearance for a short while before publicly showing his insanity. He's fascinating, start to finish here, even providing some very humorous lines.

I wish I could say I enjoyed the other people in here but, except for Ben Cross, I couldn't. Lauren Holly, the female star of the film, is decent for much of the "ride" but becomes annoying and totally non-believable in the final phase of the film, becoming out-of-character profane and nasty herself. (Of course, her flight did turn out to be a tiny bit stressful which might have affected her patience. ha ha)

Of course, with a film like this, there are going to be some severe questions with credibility, but when did that ever stop filmmakers? Other reviewers in here have already detailed some of the non--sensible parts, so no need to dwell on that. This is not brainfood: it's just escapist entertainment for a night, something to show your girlfriend so she'll hold onto you during all the suspense!

Anyway, I enjoyed the special effects, especially with the plane smashing a few buildings, and the sound was awesome, at least on the DVD. For much of the flight, they are flying through a storm and the rumbles form the shaking airliner, was dramatic.


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