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Air Force One (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  25 July 1997 (USA)
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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.


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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
General Alexander Radek (as Jurgen Prochnow)


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... Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Harrison Ford is the President of the United States. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 July 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

AFO  »

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Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$37,132,505 (USA) (25 July 1997)


$172,620,724 (USA) (30 January 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Glenn Close was a last-minute casting decision to play Vice President Kathryn Bennett. Close wore a wig from her own collection during shooting, because her haircut at the time was too short for the role. She only made one objection about her character in the original script: "They had written a scene of her breaking down and crying. And I said, 'I will not do that.' Because I thought we'd be doing women a disfavor if we had that cliché moment where she breaks down." See more »


In the scene where Ivan and Horace are in the cockpit yelling at the pilots to take the plane back up, Ivan shoots one of them in the back of the neck. Then he puts the gun to the other pilot's head and says that if he doesn't get the plane back in the air, he will die. In the next shot, when Ivan shoots him, the gun is pointed at his middle back. See more »


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

Jürgen Prochnow plays General Ivan Radek yet in the cast list he is credited as "General Alexander Radek". See more »


Referenced in Perfect Dark (2000) See more »


Written by Eugène Pottier (as Eugene Pottier) and Pierre Degeyter
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User Reviews

Fun to watch, if you do not make a big deal out of technical accuracy.
19 June 2005 | by (Sana'a, Yemen) – See all my reviews

Very entertaining action, once you get past the "believability" problems, i.e., terrorists getting on the plane at all, the plane having an on-board armory, Secret Service agents' inability to shoot accurately, etc.

Acting is good enough that you care about the characters.

As others have noted, the CGI aerial sequences sometimes have the aircraft moving in unnatural or impossible ways, and this is visually jarring. (After the touch-and-go, Air Force One turns a 180 almost like a helicopter) I gave it a 7 out of 10 - not brilliant, but makes for an entertaining evening.

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