Air Force One

July 25th, 1997


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Hijackers seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he (an ex-soldier) works from hiding to defeat them.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 6.3/10 (79,183 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director: Wolfgang Petersen

Stars: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close

The President of the USA goes to Moscow and gives a stirring speech outlining the USA's new "Zero-tolerance" policy with respect to terrorism. On the flight home, terrorists take over Air Force One (the President's official plane) and take the passengers (including his wife and daughter) hostage. The terrorists plan to execute one hostage every half-hour unless/until their demands are met. However, the President is a former Medal of Honor winner, so the terrorists may be in for a surprise...

Harrison Ford - President James Marshall
Gary Oldman - Ivan Korshunov
Glenn Close - Vice President Kathryn Bennett
Wendy Crewson - Grace Marshall
Liesel Matthews - Alice Marshall
Paul Guilfoyle - Chief of Staff Lloyd 'Shep' Shepherd
Xander Berkeley - Secret Service Agent Gibbs
William H. Macy - Major Caldwell
Dean Stockwell - Defense Secretary Walter Dean
Tom Everett - National Security Advisor Jack Doherty
Jürgen Prochnow - General Ivan Radek
Donna Bullock - Deputy Press Secretary Melanie Mitchel
Michael Ray Miller - Colonel Axelrod
Carl Weintraub - Lt. Colonel Ingraham
Elester Latham - AFO Navigator

Taglines: Impenetrable. Invincible. In Trouble.

Release Date: 25 July 1997

Filming Locations: Beverly Hills, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $85,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $37,132,505 (USA) (27 July 1997) (2919 Screens)

Gross: $172,956,409 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

On the DVD commentary for the movie, director Wolfgang Petersen noted that he likely would not have made the film after the 9/11 attacks. The film features hijackers who seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he (an ex-soldier) works from hiding to defeat them.

Continuity: Papers in President Marshall's hand in the conference room.

[first lines]
Major Perkins: [after landing in Kazakstan] Quick head count! One, two, three, four, five. Move out!

User Review

Holy Cremoly!

Rating: 1/10

Air Force One features Harrison Ford, Glenn Close, Gary Oldman, Dean Stockewell, and William H. Macy. A dream cast! In the freshest, friskiest, funniest, laugh-out-loudest comedy of the year! Cheer as President Harrison Ford takes on the baddies all by himself – "Right now, he's our only hope". Hiss as Dean Stockwell tries to get Glenn Close to sign away power and "take down Air Force One". Will she sign? Like hell! Sigh with relief when the fax machine stalls, stalls a little longer, and then… just when we'd given up hope… stalls a little longer, and then works! Clap like a whacked-out space cadet on class-a drugs when the fax lady parachutes to safety. Scratch your head a little when you realise that the big plot device of the bad guys having a guy on the inside is of no interest or use whatsoever. Ponder for a long time just why Gary Oldman's character doesn't just shoot the wife and the kid, for crying out loud. Marvel at the advances in special effects technology that can make a plane crash in a big budget movie look like a plane crash in a primitive video game. Thrills! Spills! Drama! Action! Utter, utter, crap!