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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Goosen's dogs are named after classic rock guitarists - Slash (of 'Guns N Roses') and Strummer (Joe Strummer of 'the clash') See more »

Goofs

During the skate scene, the beginning of the race shows them coming down Springdale Road - which is in Ohio, about 10 miles from Cincinnati. A few scenes later during the same race, the skaters are coming down Devou Park hill - which is in Northern Kentucky. The entire race scene bounces back and forth between Cincinnati, suburbs and northern Kentucky. See more »

Quotes

Mitchell Goosen: Popeye, now there was a great man. Do you know why?
Wiley: He never joined the Hairclub For Men?
[buzzer sound]
Mitchell Goosen: Wrong. Because his motto was: I am what I am. Do you think Popeye ever worried about what he wore just so he could get Olive Oil in the sack? I should say not, Dude. And do you know why?
Wiley: He was gay?
Mitchell Goosen: Because he is what he is.
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Alternate Versions

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

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References Gidget (1959) See more »

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Tip of my tongue
Written by Diesel
Performed by Diesel
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The "Citizen Kane" of teenage rollerblade movies!
8 January 2002 | by strudeauSee all my reviews

Airborne is mostly a teen movie marketed back in the early 90's when the rollerblade craze was starting to catch on. It's like the rollerblade companies needed some more exposure, so they gave these guys a bunch of money and said "hey, make the kids crave rollerblades". With all that aside, it is a rather enjoyable movie. Shane McDermott plays Mitchel, a surfer from California who must move to Ohio for a couple months. His performance reminds me of a teenage version of Keanu Reeves in Point Break. Seth Green plays the comic relief hapless friend, and Seth's parents are played by Edie McClurg(secretary from Ferris Buehlers) and Patrick O'Brien. The parents in this are hilarious and they work very well with the rest of the cast. The moviesfollows Mitchel as he tries to adjust to the very different Cincinatti atmosphere. He quickly becomes a heartthrob thus alienating him from every guy in town. So he pretty much spends the next hour trying to avoid trouble, but at every turn it seems to find him. In the course of this he ends up playing ice hockey/roller hockey and then rollerblading. The major flaw of this movie is the motive and identity of the villains. You see very little of them throughout the movie, and their dialogue is terrible. There is also a huge disparity in the look of the males and the females in this movie. Most of the male cast looks and are well into their 20's (with the exception of the Shane and Seth).. The girls in this movie look like a bunch of 12 year olds... But since there isn't a lot of interaction between the two, it doesn't detract from the movie too much. All in all, I enjoy this movie. I really like the approach they have taken with the Mitchel character.. He's just a young surfer dude who is a vehement pacifist. He is very cool and very not violent (hero's always breed violence in modern movies).. He also makes a couple of Zen-like observations which are fun to watch. The movie ends with a rollerblade race through downtown Cincinatti with the hero's facing the "Preps". The rollerblade race is the best part of the movie, and it is very well played out. This movie isn't oscar material, but it is much better then any other "roller-skating" movie, sport genre movie, and many disney-teen movies.. Jack Black also play's a small role in this, and is fun to watch. I give this 7 out of 10 stars.


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