Communist Radicals hijack Air Force One with The U.S. President and his family on board. The Vice President negotiates from Washington D.C., while the President, a Veteran, fights to rescue the hostages on board.
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
Wolfgang Petersen mentions on the DVD commentary that he enjoyed working with Liesel Matthews, because she was able to cry on cue. See more »
Air Force One is instructed to change heading to 290. That is north of west and would take Air Force One away from the Caspian Sea. The aeroplane is clearly flying south of west towards the Caspian on a course close to 250. See more »
[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 »
The US TV version is edited for content, including: the opening scene has less shots of Russians being shot, the scene where Gibbs shoots three secret service agents is at a different angle (the camera is on him the entire time, instead of showing bullets hitting the agents), a terrorist wacking a secret service agent in the face with his weapon, Egor shooting a communications officer, Egor shooting the co-pilot (no blood), Egor shooting Doherty, Marshall breaking one of the terrorists' neck (removed completely), Egor's death (his neck doesn't snap), Radek's death (we never actually see him getting shot), the PJ's death (it's framed so there's no blood splattering on the wall), Caldwell's death (it's framed so we don't see blood), and numerous swearing. See more »
Fun to watch, if you do not make a big deal out of technical accuracy.
Very entertaining action, once you get past the "believability" problems, i.e., terrorists getting on the plane at all, the plane having an on-board armory, Secret Service agents' inability to shoot accurately, etc.
Acting is good enough that you care about the characters.
As others have noted, the CGI aerial sequences sometimes have the aircraft moving in unnatural or impossible ways, and this is visually jarring. (After the touch-and-go, Air Force One turns a 180 almost like a helicopter) I gave it a 7 out of 10 - not brilliant, but makes for an entertaining evening.
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