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 Due to collapse of his government, his papers are no longer valid in the airport, and hence he is forced to stay in the airport until the war cools down.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
The airport set built for the film was based on Düsseldorf International Airport. The set was a near-full-size replica built in a former hangar, with three working sets of escalators, and populated by many popular stores (e.g. Burger King, Mrs. Fields, W.H. Smith). Some of these brands were recruited by DreamWorks, while others approached the studio when word of the production got out. Many of the stores and restaurants were built by the construction crews that built the actual mall and airport stores for the respective companies, and some had fully-functioning equipment, such as ovens and cash registers. However, the inclusion of a brand on the set was not a guarantee of inclusion in the film; DreamWorks retained full control over editing, and some brands appear only briefly or not at all. See more »
When Viktor goes up the escalator, a man a few steps behind him never seems to arrive at the top, even though Viktor stops at the top long enough for us to see him get there. See more »
United Airlines announcing the arrival of Flight 9435 from Beijing. Customer service representative, please report to gate C42.
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SPOILER: In the closing credits, the names of the production staff and prominent cast are the person's actual signature, rather than the standard block print used in the remainder of the credits. This follows with the secondary plot of Victor trying to get the last signature for the memory of his deceased father. See more »
Delightful Fable About a Patient Man Who Is Trapped by the Bureaucracy in the International Lounge of JFK
Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks) has just arrived from Krakozhia in JFK Airport, when there is a coup in his small eastern country, with the revolutionary forces taking the government by force. The USA does not recognize the new government and the validity of his VISA and passport are canceled. Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci), the bureaucratic administrator of the airport, who rules by the book and does not show any compassion for people, leaves Viktor, who does not speak English, in the international lounge of the airport with a problem without solution. While patiently living in Gate 67 for a long period, Viktor survives, learns English by himself, makes new friends among the employees of the airport and falls in love for Amelia Warren (Catherine Zeta-Jones). "The Terminal" is a delightful and uncommon fable about a patient man who is trapped by the bureaucracy in the international lounge of JFK. I heard that an equivalent event would have happened indeed in Paris, but there is no reference on the DVD, and the writer takes the credits for the idea of this theme. Anyway, Steven Spielberg is really magic, and was able to make a delightful movie with such a weird storyline. Tom Hanks is excellent as usual and the beauty of Catherine Zeta-Jones is still very impressive. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "O Terminal" ("The Terminal")
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