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Air Force One (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.


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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 <>

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The fate of a nation rests on the courage of one man. 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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After Randy Newman's score was rejected, director Wolfgang Petersen hired Jerry Goldsmith to compose the replacement score. The task proved too daunting in the time available, so Goldsmith brought in Joel McNeely to write music for several sequences based on the themes he had already prepared for the film. After the film was released, Goldsmith publicly stated he would never accept a replacement score assignment again. See more »


The base at which the pilots attempt to land after the hijacking is identified as "Ramstein Air Force Base". The actual name is "Ramstein Air Base"; "Air Force Base" is only used for installations in the United States. See more »


[first lines]
Major Perkins: [after landing in Kazakstan] Quick head count! One, two, three, four, five. Move out!
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Per Marshall's comment to her, the aide who helps him with the fax machine (portrayed by Messiri Freeman) is listed in the credits as "Future Postmaster General". See more »


Referenced in NCIS: Yankee White (2003) See more »


Written by Eugène Pottier (as Eugene Pottier) and Pierre Degeyter
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Good actors, bad movie...(spolers)
3 August 2004 | by (Riga, Latvia) – See all my reviews

Five things we learn after watching this movie: 1.All Russians are either terrorists or cowards. 2.MP5, MP5K, M4 and Sig Sauer PRO are superior wonders of Western weaponary, which need no reloading ever. 3.When 6 Russian fighters attack Air Force One only one of them will fire at a time.(Courtesy towards enemy anti-missle system, I guess:)) 4.In air combat, Russian pilots never maneuver, even when targeted, guess, there is no chance to escape superior American missiles, so they don't bother anyway. 5.When a terrorist fires a gun, the bullet is stopped by body armor. When President fires the same gun, bullets go through armor like a knife through butter. 2/10 for casting Oldman.

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