Air Force One

"Excellent"

Air Force One Review


When one sees Glenn Close portraying the vice-president, one begins to realize just how much she looks (and can act) like Gerald Ford.

Frankly, I was shocked to discover how much I liked Air Force One. Yes, it has villainous Russians who can never see our good guy President (Harrison Ford) when he's hiding right in front of them (much less shoot him). Yes, it has Secret Service guys who die at the hand of the enemy like flies in a bug zapper. Yes, it has the cheesiest special effects this side of of a Tom & Jerry cartoon. Yes, it features a rambling Gary Oldman in one of his clearly improvised looney-tune terrorist/psychopath roles. I could go on and on...

But I won't. Instead, I'll tell you that Air Force One (Die Hard on a plane with a President on it, thus distinguishing it from Die Hard 2, Passenger 57, and Executive Decision) is a spellbinding film, one that grips the viewer from the very start and doesn't let up until 140 minutes later, plot holes or no. It also may be the funniest movie I've seen all year -- and I still can't figure out if it was intentional or not!

And I don't care. Air Force One has great action, a good story, and once you get past the melodramatics of his co-stars, one of Harrison Ford's best performances, ever. In fact, I'd be so bold as to say that AFO is probably the best new film of 1997 to date.

Or maybe I'm just losing my mind.

1-800-COLLECT: Know the code. Tell 'em Gary sent ya.



Air Force One

Facts and Figures

Run time: 124 mins

In Theaters: Friday 25th July 1997

Box Office Worldwide: $315.2M

Budget: $85M

Distributed by: Columbia Pictures

Production compaines: Columbia Pictures, Beacon Communications

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Fresh: 42 Rotten: 11

IMDB: 6.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Starring: as President James Marshall, as Ivan Korshunov, as Vice President Kathryn Bennett, as Grace Marshall, William H. Macy as Major Caldwell, as General Ivan Radek, as Prison Guard #2, Liesel Matthews as Alice Marshall, as Chief of Staff Lloyd 'Shep' Shepherd, as Secret Service Agent Gibbs, as Defense Secretary Walter Dean, as National Security Advisor Jack Doherty, Donna Bullock as Deputy Press Secretary Melanie Mitchel, Michael Ray Miller as Colonel Axelrod, as Lt. Colonel Ingraham, Elester Latham as AFO Navigator, as Andrei Kolchak, Levan Uchaneishvili as Sergei Lenski, as Igor Nevsky, as Boris Bazylev, Ilia Volok as Vladimir Krasin, Chris Howell as Major Perkins

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