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Executive Decision (1996)

When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation.

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Terrorists take over a 747 bound from Athens to Washington D.C., supposedly to effect the release of their leader. Intelligence expert David Grant suspects another reason and convinces the military that the 'plane should not be allowed to enter U.S. airspace. An assault mission is devised, using a specially equipped 'plane designed for mid-air crew transfers, and Grant finds himself aboard the 747 with a team of military anti-terrorists who have to defuse a bomb and overpower the terrorists. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Rated R for violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,204,433 (UK) (17 May 1996)

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$56,569,216 (USA)
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Trivia

Sergeant Baker, played by Whip Hubley, pays a memorable backhanded compliment to the Navy F-14 pilots at a crucial point in the movie. Hubley previously played a Navy F-14 fighter pilot in Top Gun (1986). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, we see Grant landing his Bonanza on Runway 26. At the end, he tries to land the 747 on the same Runway 26. However, as the plane runs off the far end of the runway, we see the opposite direction is marked 7. A real Runway 26 would be Runway 8 in the other direction, not 7. See more »

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[on the ground, after Cahill helped defuse the bomb]
David Grant: Cahill, I don't know how you did it, but you did it.
Cahill: [shakes his head] No... you did it.
[hands him the straw from his mouth]
David Grant: What's this?
Cahill: That's a memento for ya. Listen, I'll tell you all about it another time, but right now, I need a drink. A *big* drink.
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References Top Gun (1986) See more »

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IT'S NICE TO GO TRAV'LING
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under Licence from CEMA Special Markets
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one word: dynamite!
12 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Slam-bang thriller is an intense, pulse-pounding thrill ride from beginning to end. Russell stars as a smart but inexperienced intelligence analyst who's given the task of a lifetime when he, along with a group of rugged Special Forces commandos, must board an American 747 in midair after it's hijacked by ruthless international terrorists. It's a race against time as they must not only ensure the safety of all the passengers, but retake the plane before it can reach the U.S. eastern seaboard. Swift direction, exciting, skillful action sequences, endless suspense, and rock solid performances make this wild ride of a movie a definite must for action fans. ***


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