Air Force OneJuly 25, 1997
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
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…
President James Marshall
Vice President Kathryn Bennett
Chief of Staff Lloyd 'Shep' Shepherd
Secret Service Agent Gibbs
William H. Macy
Defense Secretary Walter Dean
National Security Advisor Jack Doherty
General Ivan Radek
Deputy Press Secretary Melanie Mitchel
Michael Ray Miller
Lt. Colonel Ingraham
Impenetrable. Invincible. In Trouble.
Release Date: 25 July 1997
Filming Locations: Beverly Hills, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $37,132,505
(27 July 1997)
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.
Papers in President Marshall's hand in the conference room.
[after landing in Kazakstan]
Quick head count! One, two, three, four, five. Move out!
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!