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Air Force One (movie)

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Air Force One is a 1997 action movie starring Harrison Ford as the President of the United States, and directed by Wolfgang Petersen.

Plot

The movie revolves around the plan of a group of Russian Nationalists to hijack the presidential aircraft (Air Force One) and use the President, his family and other hostages as bargaining chips in the terrorists' demand for the release of their comrade, an imprisoned general who they believe can restore Russia to glory.

Viewers are given a detailed tour of the aircraft and its systems — both real and fictional. Most notable among the departures from reality include that the real Air Force One does not carry an escape capsule, and that automatic weapon fire in the corridors of the aircraft would quickly shred its aluminum skin and ruin its aerodynamics.

The story develops as the President, largely single-handedly, takes control of the plane back from the terrorists. To make the action story plausible, the President is explained to have had a rigorous military background and thus considerable combat skill.

The film also stars Glenn Close as Vice President Kathryn Bennett and Gary Oldman as Russian terrorist Igor Korshunov.

Trivia

  • The prison scenes where the general the terrorists are trying to free is being held captive were filmed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in the prison that now holds alleged illegal combatants.
  • The film makes no attempt to explain a gaping plot hole. One key character is discovered to be a traitor, but no explanation is given for his betrayal.

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