Air Force One (1997)



Critic Consensus: This late-period Harrison Ford actioner is full of palpable, if not entirely seamless, thrills.

Movie Info

In this action drama, Harrison Ford plays James Marshall, a onetime combat hero in the Vietnam War who is now President of the United States. While visiting the former Soviet Union, Marshall gives a speech in which he supports a get-tough attitude against both terrorists and a right-wing general and war criminal from Kazakhstan imprisoned in Moscow, earning him few friends in the Eastern Bloc. While flying back to the United States aboard Air Force One, Marshall and his staff discover that one … More

Rating: R (for violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew W. Marlowe
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On DVD: Feb 1, 1998
Columbia Pictures


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Critic Reviews for Air Force One

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (21)

Most of the time it's a kick.

Full Review… | October 3, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic flies on and on until its power to hold us simply peters out.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It's a great ride.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Moments of silliness are more than balanced by Petersen's extraordinary ability to keep this movie flight-worthy, Ford's almost-executive presence and an outstanding performance from Oldman.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

Air Force One doesn't insult the audience. It is crafted by a film-maker who takes pride in the thrills and sly fun he packs into every frame.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Seeing the president of the United States as a kick-butt action hero pretty much sums up the appeal of Air Force One

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Air Force One


A thriller that is consistently entertaining and features two rock-solid performances from Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. Although it is entirely implausible, the thrills come by the minute, and you can't help but root for Ford as the President. Also fun seeing one of my favorite character actors, Xander Berkeley, pop up here as a secret service agent. Definitely worth a look, especially for the line Ford delivers - "Get off my plane"

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


Moronic trash that I enjoyed anyway, it's like Die Hard but on an airplane the whole time and it could be said to have set the mold for the TV show 24. Harrison Ford is a terrible actor. There. I said it. But the writing doesn't give him much to work with, anyway. Lots of action, but no substance to the highly implausible plot (not to mention the physics). You'll probably like it more if you watch it while hungover so that your mind doesn't work well enough to see the through the many leaps of faith the story requires you to take. Gary Oldman as a Russian's pretty cool, though.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


God bless those United States, the old red white and blue, the stars n stripes, the most powerful country in the whole wide world!!

Anyway, this is pretty much your standard terrorist hijack setup with all the regular ingredients that you might expect. Take 'Passenger 57' 'Die Hard 2' and 'Executive Decision' blend them all together, make the one man army hero the President (no vest) and voila!.

This film does well mainly due the huge appeal of Ford and his epic back catalog of movies. His ever lasting rugged good looks, calm manly voice and likeable charisma (even without the fedora) is the stuff of silver screen legend.

The other reason this works so well is Oldman as the main Russian baddie. He's got the stereotypical goatee, a heavy accent and he's really mean, another good Eurotrash villain. Along with Ford that's two rock solid performances which keep the film glued together, without them this could easily have been a very average run of the mill action thriller.

Another thing the film shows you is how nice it is or would be to be President with his highly advanced personal airliner. Never realised how luxurious the interior of the plane is, from top to bottom its like a long narrow mansion. On top of that you also learn a few things about the plane and how cool it really is. Is there really an escape pod on board?

The sets for Air Force One all look top notch and the action is also darn good but its also pretty daft at times. Lots of gun fire in mid air, kinda silly as you'd think at least one might pierce the fuselage, especially with all the machine gun fire haha. Then of course you have the obligatory faceless Russian bad guys, god knows how many there were at first or how many got killed but it seemed to be lots. Ditto for Air Force One personnel, people getting mowed down all over the shop, no idea who they are. Little character development for the bad guys or good guys accept for the odd main roles naturally.

End of the day its your typical action flick cunningly disguised as trying to be something a bit more intelligent...but really its not. Still looks the biz today but the CGI sequence at the end is pretty bad looking I gotta be honest.

'nobody does this to the United States'

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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