Air Force One

July 25, 1997 0 By Fans
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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

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

Impenetrable. Invincible. In Trouble.

Release Date: 25 July 1997

Filming Locations: Beverly Hills, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $85,000,000


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

Gross: $172,956,409

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.


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!