An Eastern European tourist unexpectedly finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.

Director:

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 Due to collapse of his government, his papers are no longer valid in the airport, and hence he is forced to stay in the airport until the war cools down.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

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Life is waiting.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Trivia

A majority (if not all) of the flights on the departure board were flights operated by members of the Star Alliance. United Airlines is a founding partner of the Star Alliance. See more »

Goofs

When Viktor Navorski first spends the night in the Terminal the planes outside make a lot of noise and scare him. However, after that moment the room suddenly seems soundproof. This is clear, for example, in the moment when Amelia confronts him, right before he shows her the fountain. 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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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are spelled out on the tumblers of the flight schedule boards. In addition, the opening credits are unusually short, with just the studio name and the title of the film. See more »


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Something in B-Flat
Written by Ray Bryant
Performed by Benny Golson
Courtesy of Fantasy Inc.
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A Feel-Good Dramedy That Explores Humanity
8 July 2014 | by CalRhysSee all my reviews

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, two of the biggest names in Hollywood, two people who could literally make any film they wanted to, and instead they settle on a feel-good dramedy... good thinking Steven. 'The Terminal' is a charming adaptation of a true story about a foreign civilian stuck in an American airport terminal lounge after his country faces war. The thing that makes this film worth watching are the excellent performances from the amiable cast and the sympathetic direction from Spielberg. After watching some of the behind the scenes as well, I was amazed at how the crew had built a full-size replica airport in a hangar in LA complete with working escalators, the attention to detail is astounding, and this makes the film that much more worth sitting through. 'The Terminal' is an entertaining comedy-drama that explores humanity and sentimentality, a spectacular flick from Spielberg and Hanks.


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Country:

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Release Date:

18 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,053,199, 20 June 2004

Gross USA:

$77,872,883

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$219,100,084
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1.85 : 1
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