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When the President's plane is forced to land in a small village, he has no choice but to stay at the nearby hotel. Terrorists take over the hotel and it's left to hotel staff and NYPD (local police) to save the day.


Alan Nixon


Laurie Rowley


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lysette Anthony ... Amanda Brown
Jay Benedict ... Vice President
Paul Birchard Paul Birchard ... General Motors
Peter Capaldi ... Hilton Gilfoyle
John Chancer John Chancer ... Agent Howerue
Brian Conley Brian Conley ... Inspector Cochrane
Richard Cubison Richard Cubison ... Sergeant Backup
Michael Fitzpatrick Michael Fitzpatrick ... Pilot Steve
David Graham ... Scientist
Glyn Grimstead Glyn Grimstead ... Joe the Mechanic
Kate Harper ... Velma Sneider
Keeley Hawes ... Tricia
Richard Heffer ... UN Colonel
Kenneth Jay ... Bob Lantz
David Kincaid David Kincaid ... Sea Captain


Air Force One is forced to land in a small English village, and the President secretly decamps to a country club hotel. It is soon attacked by a gang of international terrorists led by Ziegler, who holds the President ransom for billions of dollars. The terrorists want the code to his computer, which will allow them to unleash nuclear weapons wherever they choose, but the President refuses to give them the password. It takes the efforts of the hapless hotel manager, Hilton Grilfoyle, and his assistant, Ben Carter to overcome the terrorists using what wits they can muster between them. Written by Indigo Entertainment Ltd

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18 February 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotel Dili See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Peter Capaldi played the twelfth incarnation of "Doctor Who" in the revived series of the long-running BBC science fiction adventure. Paul McGann played the eighth Doctor in the 1996 television movie and the 2013 mini-episode "Night of The Doctor". See more »


President of the U.S.A.: What the devil?
Radochek Zeigler: Not quite... but I'm getting there
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References The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) See more »

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See it to believe it
7 August 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

So it seems that Channel 5 proprietor Richard Desmond had the idea of making his own all-star slapstick comedy film in the vein of the AIRPLANE! or NAKED GUN trilogy. He's the guy who concocted this mess of a film, in which a low budget doesn't put off a whole host of stars appearing and embarrassing themselves with routine frequency. The writer of this tripe, Laurie Rowley, handled some decent comedy back in the day like THE TWO RONNIES and SPITTING IMAGE, so he must have been having a real off day with this one.

The story is a scattershot spoof of DIE HARD, with the US president and his team of bodyguards holed up in a FAWLTY TOWERS type of British hotel and doing battle with a terrorist gang headed by the typecast Art Malik. A wooden Paul McGann is the erstwhile hero who dons a sweaty vest and does his best Bruce Willis impression throughout.

Sadly, the quality of the jokes in this TV movie is simply awful. There are whole routines ripped off from other movies, like the three FBI guys with the silly names routine taken from AIRPLANE 2: THE SEQUEL. The only one who comes out of this with their reputation intact is Keeley Hawes, whose surreal sight gags are the best thing about the film. Elsewhere, we have cringy turns from overactors like Lysette Anthony and Peter Capaldi; Brian Conley as a random wannabe American cop; Lee Majors hamming it as the President; even Gary Rhodes in a random cameo. It's a mess, and has to be seen to be believed.

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