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Airborne (1993)

Mitchell Goosen is sixteen/seventeen year old kid from California who loves to surf and roller blade. Yet his parents, who are two zoologists were given a grant to work in Australia. The ... See full summary »

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Rob Bowman

Writers:

Bill Apablasa (screenplay), Stephen McEveety (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shane McDermott ... Mitchell Goosen
Seth Green ... Wiley
Brittney Powell ... Nikki
Chris Conrad ... Jack
Edie McClurg ... Aunt Irene
Patrick Thomas O'Brien ... Uncle Louis (as Patrick O'Brien)
Jack Black ... Augie
Alanna Ubach ... Gloria
Jacob Vargas ... Snake
Owen Stadele Owen Stadele ... Blane
Chris Edwards Chris Edwards ... Walt
Daniel Betances ... Tony Banducci
David Betances ... Mark Banducci
Jim Jansen ... Mr. Goosen
Louan Gideon ... Mrs. Goosen
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Storyline

Mitchell Goosen is sixteen/seventeen year old kid from California who loves to surf and roller blade. Yet his parents, who are two zoologists were given a grant to work in Australia. The only problem was: Mitchell couldn't go with them. So, he gets sent to stay with his aunt, uncle, and cousin in Cincinnati, Ohio. When he arrives, he meets his cousin who is also his new roommate for the next six months: Wiley. Mitchell then goes to school and gets on the bad side the high school hockey players. Mitchell and Wiley end up enduring weeks of torture from the guys. Then, the big guys and Mitchell and Wiley have to learn to get along to try to beat the Central High School rivals in a competition down Devil's Backbone. Written by Meagan Olds<morning_star_s_darkmist@yahoo.com>

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Mitchell Became The Most Popular Guy On Earth...Once He Took To The Sky! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and brief nudity | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Airborne See more »

Filming Locations:

Newport, Kentucky, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,262,239, 19 September 1993

Gross USA:

$2,850,263

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,850,263
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Central High school is actually Western Hills High School, alma mater of baseball greats Pete Rose and Whitey Herzog. See more »

Goofs

After his really bad day at school, Mitchell's aunt mentions his father had come down with Poison Oak. His parents are supposed to be doing research in Australia, but both varieties of poison oak are found only in the United States. See more »

Quotes

Nikki: So, if you could have lunch with any three people in the entire world - alive, dead, fictitious, I don't care. Who would it be?
Mitchell Goosen: What kind of question is that?
Nikki: A fun one, c'mon.
Mitchell Goosen: Well, I'd have to say Tom Curren; greatest surfer in the world, now that would be cool. And, um, maybe Ghandi. Not for lunch though, he wouldn't eat lunch.
Nikki: And the third one?
Mitchell Goosen: I'd have to say you.
Nikki: Me? You can have lunch with anyone in the world, and you would choose me.
Mitchell Goosen: You're not just anyone. You're special.
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Alternate Versions

UK versions are cut by 2 seconds for a 'PG' rating. See more »


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Afterburner
Written by Mark Bonilla
Performed by Mark Bonilla
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Probably the best movie about Rollerblading in Cincinnati ever made...
12 December 2006 | by tvsullivanSee all my reviews

Although certainly the writer of this film owes much of his inspiration to Steinbeck and Depression-era authors, it has more than enough substance to stand on its own. In hindsight, Airborne is more than just a high-flyin' roller-blading epic—it is a depiction of the culture wars that exist in our society today. Mitchell represents the coastal "corporate" American coming to the Midwest to pillage its' resources (in this case Cincinnati's finest ladies). Augie is the repressed commoner, perhaps a factory worker, who resents Mitchell at first because of his pedigree and obvious social graces. Wiley is the guy who is striving to make it out his internal strife anyway he can, and shrouds his blatant homosexuality in clever retorts and hooded sweatshirts. Jack is obviously the old farmer, who has seen it all in his day and now is bitter that time is no longer his friend.

However, the "Preps" represent something far more imposing than anything Mitchell brings to the table. They obviously represent Communism. If the Cold War taught us anything, it is that Communism can only be contained by a roller-skating race through Cincinnati that ends at the birthplace of democracy, Riverfront Stadium. No wonder Jack Black jumped at the chance to make this ambitious film. The subtle nuances of this cultured classic cannot fully be appreciated in two or three sittings. Nay, the marrow of this film must be sucked dry before you can truly see the vision behind this movie. Step aside Shakespeare...


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