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You know that old dramatic principle of suspension of disbelief? You'll have to rely on it for this box-office smash, but you won't be disappointed. Harrison Ford plays a U.S. president who single-handedly employs his rigid antiterrorism policy when a band of Russian thugs hatch a mid-flight takeover of Air Force One. Gary Oldman, who chews the scenery as the lead terrorist, will shoot a hostage at the slightest provocation. Glenn Close plays the sternly pragmatic vice president who negotiates with Oldman from her Washington seat of power. If you can believe that the aircraft's pressurized cabin can sustain hundreds of rounds of machine-gun fire, you'll buy anything in this entertaining potboiler, especially thanks to Ford's stalwart heroics and some nifty special effects. Director Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot) keeps the action moving so fast you won't be sweating the details. Don't forget your parachute! --Jeff Shannon
- Great Action flick wrapped in honor
There are some unrealistic elements to this movie, but only when you stop and think about it. It's an action movie and there will always be some stretches of reality. Harrison Ford delivers as does his supporting cast. It will pull you into the story without any real trouble, you will find yourself routing for the President and telling the evil guys "take that". In the end, you will feel good about it and you may even be inspired by it. Enjoy!...more info
- Get Off of my plane
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Air Force One starring Harrison Ford is one of my favorite movies for all the wrong reasons.
First it shows you what an U. S. President ought to be:
- An Honorably discharged veteran (in the movie he had won the Congressional Medal of Honor)
- Brave ( he chose to stay behind and fight the terrorist who had hijacked the plane)
- A man of action, not just words.
Glenn Close plays a superb Vice-President. In the movie the President's family on the surface mirrors Bill Clinton's, wife with a teenage , blonde headed daughter. Too bad reality is so different.
Anyhow as Bill Clinton recently said it's all a fairy tale.
Highly recommended for people who want to know how a President is suppose to be and for fans of Harrison Ford.
P. S. Did you know Harrison Ford was a carpenter when discovered for the first Star Wars movie?
- Poor realism.
I used to remember this film as being pretty good, and the performances of Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman are enjoyable, but there are parts of the plot that are those 'oh come on' moments that no audience should buy in to. And the special effects are pretty cheesy, with some really bad airplane manuevers. The whole scene where Air Force One lands and takes-off again in the heat of the hijacking is just awful... totally unrealistic....more info
- 2 Hours Of Nail Biting Suspense
Andrew W. Marlowe, the writer of Air Force One, did an excellent job of producing a wildly entertaining story of a United States president (Harrison Ford), who basically becomes a counter-terrorism agent when his plane is high jacked in the wild blue yonder.
While the taking of Air Force One has to be far more difficult than portrayed on screen, don't worry about it. Sit back and enjoyed the ride and what a ride it is!
Gary Oldman, master of a thousand accents, convincingly plays a ruthlessly brutal Russian Terrorist who wants one of his comrades released from prison. Only the president can call in favors to get this done.
The conflict: The United States doesn't negotiate with terrorists under any circumstances. Well, maybe the US will negotiate if the president and his family have been kidnapped and used as the only viable bargaining chips.
I don't know what kind of shielding the real Air Force One has, but, I for one was glad that there was serious gun play on the 747 without losing cabin pressure and crashing it. Without this feature, the film would have been much less exciting.
Let's give writer credit for having the gumption to go with his vision, rather than comprising a good storyline. Hopefully he'll produce more work that captures our attention for another two hours....more info
- My Husband loves this movie!
This is a good movie and will keep you watching all the way through. Harrison Ford is excellent in this and the supporting cast is good as well. The plot is revelent with all the current world situations. The ending makes you want to cheer!...more info
- Terrific Movie
I thoroughly enjoyed this action packed movie. Harrison Ford is amazing in this movie. Thank you. ...more info
- I liked it!!!!!
I first saw this film on ABC, and I enjoyed it,my little sisters didnt like it very much, but I did,Great Peformance by Harrison Ford.Filled with stunts and action expacially on a plane....more info
- Will make you wish James Marshall (Harrison Ford) were prez!
One of Harrison Ford's better and least appreciated performances, Air Force One is a thrilling film that makes the most of its action hero star and his unique bond with movie going audiences. In Air Force One, Ford plays the role of President of the United States. In the same way that it's near impossible to envision any other actor in the role of Indiana Jones, it's difficult to envision anyone else as president for this film. Ford projects the image of such a strong, honorable, and likeable leader that the audience is immediately rooting for him.
Originally released in 1997, Ford plays President James Marshall, a Vietnam vet turned president who makes it clear in a stunning speech at a Moscow dinner that America will now pursue a "zero tolerance" policy on international terrorism (sound familiar?). Boarding Air Force One for the return flight home from Moscow, Marshall is joined by his wife Grace (Wendy Crewson) and his daughter Alice (Liesel Matthews). He's also joined by a contingent of Eastern European journalists led by Ivan Korshunov (Gary Oldman).
Unbeknownst to the President and his fellow Air Force One passengers, the group of men aren't journalists at all, but instead an elite team of terrorists bent on taking the president hostage. With a Secret Service agent (Xander Berkeley) collaborating with the terrorists, Korshunov has intimate inside knowledge of the procedures and safeguards deployed to protect the president on Air Force One. When Secret Agent Gibbs (Berkeley) opens the onboard weapons cache of Air Force One, his terrorist friends carry out a methodic plan to eliminate the president's security circle.
At the sound of gunfire, President Marshall is hurriedly raced below deck to an escape pod so as to avoid his capture. With the pod jettisoned, Korshunov is enraged that the original plan failed. But his original goal remains intact, and the terrorist decides that the president's family and the remaining passengers will make do as hostages. Negotiating with the acting Vice President (Glenn Close) in the President's absence, Korshunov demands the release of General Ivan Radek (Jurgen Prochnow), a communist hardliner who Korshunov believes will bring back the Soviet Union and restore the intoxicating glory of its empire years. With a well laid and executed plan, Korshunov's demands are met and arrangements are made to release General Radek. But what Korshunov doesn't know is that President Marshall is still onboard, having jettisoned an empty escape pod, and he's intent on freeing his family and kicking the terrorists off his plane...
Filled with action and some memorable one-liners, Air Force One is a classic Harrison Ford action thriller along the lines of Patriot Games and Clear And Present Danger. In addition, prior to filming Air Force One, the producers were given unprecedented access to the real thing. The result is a film that displays the inner sanctums of Air Force One with stunning accuracy, providing the audience with a glimpse into the actual traveling life of the most powerful man in the world. Overall, this a must-see movie that you won't want to miss...
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- Sooo Unrealisticccc!!!!
What kind of plot is this? They land the plane and then take back off when they're not even on the runway. I'm sorry this is just a little too impossible for me. Six Russian terrorists just happen to get on Air Force One unnoticed, please. One of the president's, most trusted and highly scrutinized, secret service detail is a traitor.
There's nothing wrong with a fictional account, but at least make it one we can half-heartedly believe.
What were you thinking Harrison? This was a "B" movie plot at best!...more info
- One of the greatest "junk" movies ever made!
Of course "AF1" has more plot holes than a Jerry Bruckheimer film, but watching this movie back in 1997 was one of the biggest cinema joys in recent years! "AF1" is a MUST for all Ford fans, as well as fans of action. Wolf Petersen is one of my favorite directors, he makes this movie 'take off' and really 'fly' with excitement. I also should say, Gary Oldman is probably the greatest working film actor today who has never been nominated for an Oscar, (as far as I know). I'm not saying "AF1" is 'Oscar material' but I'd rather watch this than something like "The Last Emperor". "AF1" may go down in my book as Harrison Ford's last great action role, so what if it's unbelievable? Almost a classic. It has it's flaws but is an otherwise very memorable film."...more info
- Ford's Best Work Since "Clear And Present Danger"
Harrison Ford has certainly become the quintessential action hero. He started off in the mid - 1970s' as Han Solo in the "Star Wars" series. Then, his starpower went through the roof with the "Indiana Jones" trilogy. After a dry spell, he bounced back as CIA agent Jack Ryan in 1992's "Patriot Games" and its sequel "Clear And Present Danger". In the interim between these two films, he starred as Richard Kimble in "The Fugitive". In the 1997 vehicle "Air Force One", he played an unlikely action hero - The President Of The United States".
Ford is President James Marshall. He seems to be the embodyment of the American dream. He has a loving family, and seems to be the leader in the upcoming election now that he's captured a Russian general responsible for the death of millions. But that all changes when he announces that the United States will no longer negotiate with terrorists at a convention in Moscow. But that all changes on the flight back to Washington. A group of Russian terrorists led by Gary Oldman hijack Air Force One. When they threaten to kill, Ford is forced to choose between going against his policy or sacrifying lives of the passangers on board - including his wife and daughter. Nonstop action combines with convincing acting, especially by Ford, Oldman and Glenn Close as the vice president. In fact, Ford is so convincing, it makes you wish he was really president. Great film....more info
- Who thought this movie up?
Who decided to write this plot? Its boring! Although I am not expert, wouldn't the President's plane just have a bit more security? I mean, this is the president where talking about. Everything in this movie just seems so pat and set, there's always going to be an out, and surprise! Guess who's going to do it! Yes! Harrison Ford! Our president is going to kick (...)!
Doesn't that bother anyone? This movie screams Hollywood and follows it so faithfully its scary. In real life, for that is what we are trying to portray, would the president jump out of a falling plane, try to save his rogue commander or any of the other numerous things that never stop happening? Maybe...maybe not. Obviously on Air Force One he's a superman, because he is able to do all these things.
Air Force One needs to come down out of the clouds and have some reality shot into it. Other than that, this movie is a rather decent action thriller. Just for action mind you. That, and fans of Harrison Ford should apreciate his superhuman role.
I didn't, but there's no saying you won't....more info
- Fun Packed action!!
I only watched this movie because Gary Oldman in it and I was not disappointed. He acts circles around the so called "star" harrison Ford!...more info
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Harrison Ford should have been a President... He is great in this movie and could save the world.......more info
- Great movie!!! But DVD lack of extras....
Air Force One is probably one of the best and realistic movies ever made. In the world after 9-11, you would wonder if this can happen to the real Air Force One... The world's most safest aircraft with the president of the United States, touted as the most powerful man in the world on board, being hijacked is just a nightmare...
This movie has what you would expect from a typical action packed movie that involves hijackers on a plane. What I love abt this movie is the details put together to make the Air Force One set look just like its counterpart in the real world.. Great effort!
Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman is just brilliant in this movie! They are the stars!
A pity though that this DVD is lacking great extras such as a behind the scenes look or interviews with the cast. I would love to know how they built the set for Air Force One.
The only extras in this DVD is the commentary from director Wolfgang Petersen and trailers for the featurette..
However, if u like a good action packed movie and have always wanted to see the presidential plane in action, get this DVD.....more info
- Awesome and TIMELY! (RELEVANT)
People don't often celebrate this movie for its timeliness and relevance but as world events unfold, it is steadily becoming more and more relevant in my humble opinion. This particular version doesn't necessarily add anything to the enjoyment of the movie. But to be honest it's hard to add to sheer perfection. This movie is well-plotted and very believable, even in the moments when you find yourself going "NO WAY!"
Some have written it off as saying it depicts the "cowboy mentality" as if that's a bad thing. Some say that it's a training manual for terrorists that might wish to harm our own leadership.
Personally I think it's merely a good action movie with a good moral to the story. Good will only triumph over Evil when Good learns to take its head out of its scared hind end and actually be willing to stand up for what's right.
Until we are willing to have a back bone, the list of countries that are going to run right over is is ever growing. This movie cautions us not to let that happen. It's up to us to either listen or ignore this stark warning. ...more info
- Where's AIR FORCE TWO?
This is one of my favorite Harrison Ford Movies!!
If you like action movies, you'll like this one!!
I would rate this movie a 7 from 1to10!!...more info
- Great Cast -- Stupid Movie
If it weren't for Ford and Olman doing their best to keep this turkey of a film together, it wouldn't be worth sitting through more than five minutes of it....more info
- A movie I could watch again and again
President Jim Marshall (Ford) has just taken a powerful stand against genocide in Russia. US Special Ops along with Russian units have captured General Raddick, who is responsible for a reign of terror and hundreds of thousands of deaths. In his speech, Marshall admits the USA had waited too long and that they won't do this again---because it is the 'right thing to do.'
The Prez isn't exactly returning to the USA in triumph, though. His National Security Advisor doesn't agree with him and the 'doves' among the Administration are thinking this is an open call of war.
Ivan Korshunov (Gary Oldman) and a team of Russian bad guys manage to sneak onboard Air Force One and take over the plane. They believe the Prez took the escape pod and left his staff, wife, and daughter to die. What they don't know is that Marshall (a Medal of Honor winnter) is still onboard and is working to take back his plane.
Action is almost nonstop in this 1997 Wolfgang Peterson film and if you can believe Air Force One can withstand the beating its taken, you can also believe the US could have a hero as a President. Still, this is a film that you can re-run whenever you need a taste of action and adventure. Nobody does heroics like Harrison Ford. ...more info
- Absolutly Incredible!
I swear, if Harison Ford was elected for our nations president, hell yes i would elect him. The are with no doubt no noticableness in fakeness in the special effects. Everything looks real and none of it looks fake. This is one of my Top 5 favorite movies....more info
- Combat in the sky...Harrison Ford to the rescue...
As action thrillers, go, AIR FORCE ONE has enough of a plot to keep you watching closely as terrorists take over the presidential plane, a sleek beauty of a craft that makes a gleaming set piece for this kind of adventure in the sky. And who is better qualified to take care of things than HARRISON FORD, somewhat less impressive without that hat and familiar stubble as Indiana Jones. (Well, maybe KEVIN COSTNER who was originally slated for the role).
GLENN CLOSE makes a very commanding presence as the Vice President, seemingly never at a loss in moments of distress, and GARY OLDMAN handles his Russian accent and menacing villainy with his usual aplomb. It's just that if you stop long enough to take a breath while all the action is going on, you might see that underneath all the fancy pinnings this is regulation stuff that's been time countless times before--and sometimes with better results.
The cast is impressive with WILLIAM H. MACY and DEAN STOCKWELL on the prez's team and Jerry Goldsmith providing another one of his dependable, if unmemorable, action scores.
And although Wolfgang Petersen does a nifty job of directing, turning the president of the U.S. into an action hero performing stunts that seasoned stuntmen must have been hired for, does stretch credibility a good deal for the climactic moments when airborne peril is at the max for a cliffhanger ending.
Not bad as an action thriller, but just don't expect it to be any more substantial than a sleek new video game.
This is my favorite Harrison Ford movie and I am a big Harrison Ford fan....more info
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I ordered this for my grandson as I could not locate it anywhere in the stores. I was so pleased to find it on Amazon, and at a reasonable price. This was the gift my grandson really wanted and it was easy to make him happy by ordering through here. ...more info
- Strangelove Redux?
Just as Dr. Strangelove bordered on the impossible (or did it?), this movie follows an implausible track and makes one feel more unsafe by the day. No Peter Sellers black comedy here. Remember also that this film was issued 4 years prior to 9/11. The true irony is that today in 2007, many people,I suspect, would feel safer with Harrison Ford in the Oval Office and having George Bush and Dick Cheney in a mid-air shootout with subversives over the European plain. In any kind of gunfight, take a Texan and a Wyoming man every time....more info
- Once upon a time....
... USA was the only country in the world where this kind of story (although farfetched) could be happening. Especially when you remember the JFK's fighting history (maybe it's one of the reasons why he was assassinated). But now, when you see the Bush family history, the only war record of the grandfather (at the same time JFK was patrolling in the Pacific) shows his best achievement was building the family's fortune by catering for the Third Reich's financial needs. And I can imagine the present Bush pounding Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the head with a bible (to show him it's better than the coran), and telling him "Get out of my world". As well, USA lost all credibility when he got RE-elected : One mistake might be understandable, but, as the Romans said "Errare humanum est, sed perseverare diabolicum" (to err is human, but to persist is diabolical)....more info
- A Great Action Movie
This is an action movie that captivated me the first time I saw it and still keeps me from changing the channel whenever I come across it. It has all of the essential elements of a great action movie; great script, good directing, above-average acting, a reasonable amount of special effects, plenty of twists, and lots of action. "Air Force One" takes but a few minutes to set the stage, introduce the main characters, and let the events begin to come together.
Harrison Ford is the president, with a solid military past, whose plane is taken over by Russian reactionary militants. The concept that the events of this struggle would primarily take place on a jumbo jet adds to the excitement; there's no running away (although it may, at times, seem that there is). I won't go over the plot because, if you haven't seen "Air Force One" yet, you won't want to know what's next.
I noticed that some previous reviews had a few objections about various technical and political aspects of the movie. Yes, there are plenty of bullets flying around while everyone is flying around. However, I dismissed that as an aspect of the latest in aviation technology as would exist on Air Force One. Ironically, the idea of terrorists hijacking Air Force One is more believable today than when the movie came out. My pet peeve with the movie has to do with the failure to properly explain how an inside member of the President's circle could be the one to aid and abet this takeover. In the several times I've seen the movie, this matter has never satisfactorily been explained. However, these are mere anomalies when compared to all of the thrilling, action-packed adventure that is the essence of "Air Force One". It is truly one of the great action movies of the 1990's. ...more info
- Just An Observation
Everyone knows by now that this movie is about an American president (playe by Harrison Ford) who must fight for the lives of his faily and staff on an Air Force One that has been taken over by terrorists. It's
a great movie; I had seen it on TV one weekend and had to buy it.
But here's the thing: the product description is not quite right. While
this DVD is fullscreen, it's not the 1.85:1 that's it is said to be. I
know, a truly minor, even nitpicky little thing, but some people actually worry over such things. I do. I was happy to find that this *is* actually fullscreen which it wouldn't have been if the product description was right about the aspect ratio.
- His last real success
Waiting for Indiana Jones IV to come to pass, it is always time to reflect on the sad state of Harrison Ford's career, and as we flip through the years it seems to me he hasn't had a bona fide hit since 1997. (2000's WHAT LIES BENEATH probably made money, but few credit Ford's presence in that thriller for its success; possibly it was a hit due to the well-tuned script and the expert direction by Robert Zemeckis. In any case Michelle Pfeiffer--another star of the 1990s whose career has gone sadly awry--deserves half the credit as well.) Otherwise it's like a list of one disaster after another. K-19 THE WIDOWMAKER? Dead in the water. HOLLYWOOD HOMICIDE? Not a bad show but the public stayed away in droves. RANDOM HEARTS? When you look up "catastrophe" in the dictionary you get a still from this movie. SIX DAYS SEVEN NIGHTS? Awful. WATER TO WINE (2004)? Even his fans don't know what it is! I'm not sure FIREWALL will break the curse either, it sounds like a re-tread of an earlier Ford flop called FRANTIC.
So when we look back and try to find the last good patch of Harrison Ford's once invincible streak, we come up with a thump against this indisputable box office sensation, which rules the theaters world wide for a brief spell in 97. The critics thought it piffle, but it answered a need in the US public, maybe to see a strong president defying the Russians one last time. Reactionary? No two moviegoers will read its plot the same way, but there are certainly cimilarities to the FOX TV hit "24," which it foreshadowed in so many ways, even down to the canny use of amiably sinister Xander Berkeley, the husband in SAFE. And of course the death defying traumas that occur to Air Force One in both programs.
Most of all, I think people long for a president who's more like James Marshall here, than the one we had in 1997 or the one we have now. He's a father figure, he's still vigorous and sexy, he's got a good sense of humor, knows his way around a gun AND he protects us from the threat of Glenn Close.
AIR FORCE ONE itself was a sort of comeback project for the beleaguered Ford, whose previous films had been major disappointments--the terrible SABRINA remake and the muddled IRA thriller DEVIL'S OWN with Brad Pitt. I think at that minute we really needed Harrison Ford to start thinking about how to sustain a career. Instead he just must have said Ah Screw It and switched the remote to a then-new TV show called ALLY McBEAL. The rest is film history....more info
- Nice Action Film
Another great performance by Harrison Ford. This is a nice action film that moves along quickly, making it wonderful entertainment!...more info
- Right on the line
It sad how everyone tries to politicize what is essentially a popcorn-drenched exercise in entertainment. This President is loving, compassionate and tough. No matter what your political bent, isn't that what we're all looking for? A president who lives, and acts by his own convictions?
But that's not true is it?
This is a dumb, but very fun, action picture with a preposterous premise. The script ain't great. The acting, however, is really top-notch, in the fact that you buy into all of it. I couldn't imagine the film working at all with out Ford and Oldman.
It's not supposed to be any sort of comment on the current state of world affairs, how could it be? It was made YEARS before the WTC attack. You have to look at it as a personal story. It takes the inherant drama of a man with power being placed in a position where it means nothing, the ratcheting it up by placing what he holds most dear in jeopardy.
Yes, symbolism abounds, but when the most powerful man in the world is the President of the United States, how can it not? But watch how the film spends more time on what he is NOT, which is superhuman, rather than what he is. ...more info