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The Terminal (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 18 June 2004 (USA)
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An Eastern European tourist unexpectedly finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.

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Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Andrew Niccol (story), Sacha Gervasi (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Viktor Navorski
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Amelia Warren
Stanley Tucci ... Frank Dixon
Chi McBride ... Mulroy
Diego Luna ... Enrique Cruz
Barry Shabaka Henley ... Thurman
Kumar Pallana ... Gupta Rajan
Zoe Saldana ... Dolores Torres (as Zoë Saldana)
Eddie Jones ... Salchak
Jude Ciccolella ... Karl Iverson
Corey Reynolds ... Waylin
Guillermo Díaz ... Bobby Alima (as Guillermo Diaz)
Rini Bell ... Nadia
Stephen Mendel ... First Class Steward
Valeriy Nikolaev Valeriy Nikolaev ... Milodragovich (as Valera Nikolaev)
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Storyline

Victor Navorski reaches JFK airport from a politically unstable country. Due to collapse of his government, his papers are no longer valid in the airport, and hence he is forced to stay in the airport till the war cools down. He makes the airport his home and develops a friendship with the people who work there until he can leave. Written by Keith Francis

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Life is waiting.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief language and drug references | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

DreamWorks | UIP [France]

Country:

USA

Release Date:

18 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terminal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,053,199, 20 June 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$77,872,883

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$140,813,273
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was inspired by the story of Merhan Nasseri, an Iranian refugee. In 1988, he landed at Charles De Gaulle Airport near Paris, after being denied entry into England, because his passport and United Nations refugee certificate had been stolen. French authorities wouldn't let him leave the airport. He remained in Terminal One, a stateless person with nowhere else to go. He has since been granted permission to either enter France or return to Iran. He chooses to continue to live in the terminal and tell his story to those who will listen. Reportedly, his mental health has deteriorated over the years. When given the opportunity to live in France, he refused because the documents did not name him as "Sir Alfred", and he claims to have forgotten his native Persian. Reportedly, he left the terminal in August 2006 to be hospitalized for an unspecified illness. DreamWorks reportedly paid him $250,000 for the use of his biography. See more »

Goofs

The departure board indicates that Viktor's flight is bound for "Krakhosia," yet this board is supposed to show cities not countries. However, it's possible that the capital of fictitious Krakhosia is also named Krakhosia, just as the capitals of Mexico, Panama, Oklahoma and (formerly) Belize (whose capital is now relocated to Belmopan) share the country's/state's name, or that Krakhosia is a single-city nation like Singapore or San Marino. Either way, this is not necessarily a goof. See more »

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[first lines]
PA announcer: United Airlines announcing the arrival of Flight 9435 from Beijing. Customer service representative, please report to gate C42.
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The opening credits are unususally short, with just the studio name and the name of the film. See more »

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References Star Trek: Voyager (1995) See more »

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I Love New York
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A triumphant Hanks and Spielberg movie, they do it again!
18 July 2005 | by EvLausterSee all my reviews

*** Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci, Chi McBride, Diego Luna, Kumar Pallana. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Of course when the movie came out I seemed spectacle that a movie that takes place in an airport could even begin to be mildly entertaining. Yet in the hands of Steven Spielberg he makes it great, and contains that artistic appeal. Based on the true story of Viktor Navorski (Hanks;in his impressive role as an illegal alien) who gets stuck in an airport in New York and can't risk to step a foot out in N.Y without being arrested. While there he be-friends a flight attendant Amelie Warren (the beautiful Zeta-Jones) who he happens to have his eye on. Spielberg makes even the worst sounding movie one of the best of the year. Bravo on Hanks and Spielberg's part.


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