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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

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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 Novarski 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 Due to collapse of his government, his papers are no longer valid in the airport, and hence he is forced to stay in the airport till the war cools down.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

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Life is waiting.

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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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, Viktor was going to arrive from Slovenia. It was changed after the advice from Mark Rijavec, the former consul of Republic of Slovenia in the United States. Some people consider Slovenia to be the Switzerland of the Eastern Europe, and he said it wouldn't look credible if a civil war were to start in one of the new members of the European Union. See more »

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Viktor says the jazz article is from a Hungarian magazine, but the words around the picture have Cyrillic letters. 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 spelled out on the tumblers of the flight schedule boards. See more »


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Theme from a Summer Place
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Sometimes You Find Good Things in the Most Unlikely Places.
23 July 2004 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

An Eastern European (Tom Hanks) from a fictional country literally gets stuck at JFK Airport in New York after his landing coincides with the point at which a war causes his nation to no longer exist. Thus his paperwork and passport are no good. Hanks is in the U.S. for a mysterious reason and that reason becomes the hook in this wonderful picture. While stuck, Hanks sees more of America than he could have ever imagined. However he constantly has trouble with airport supervisor Stanley Tucci (in a perfect role). Runway worker Diego Luna makes a deal with Hanks so he can learn about passport officer Zoe Saldana (a woman who Luna has loved from afar) via Hanks' attempts to have his passport accepted. Also Hanks meets an elderly Indian janitor (Kumar Pallana) who has been in the states for decades, but the reason he is there also becomes a key point. While all this goes on, Hanks falls in love with 30-something flight attendant Catherine Zeta-Jones (perfectly illuminating and beautiful as usual). Zeta-Jones is sad and disillusioned with men (Michael Nouri of "Flashdance" in particular) and past relationships that have failed for one reason or another. Director Steven Spielberg has never really been known for romantic pictures ("Always" in 1989 is an exception), but he proves that he can definitely handle a production like this. The cast is excellent with Hanks making all those around him better. This story was co-written by Andrew Niccol (even though he strangely did not pen the final script), an under-rated screenwriter who struck gold in 1998 with "The Truman Show". Many of the good things from that script are also presented here in diverse and creative ways. By the way, the art direction/set decoration is amazing as everything within the titled location was built from scratch in a studio. Spielberg was not allowed to film any airports due to obvious security reasons. From top to bottom, "The Terminal" flies high. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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