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The Terminal (2004)



Critic Consensus: Tom Hanks and the rest of the amiable cast make this bumpy ride worth sitting through.

Movie Info

Viktor Navorski is a visitor to New York from Eastern Europe. His homeland erupts in a fiery coup, while he is in the air en route to America. Stranded at Kennedy Airport with a passport from nowhere, he is unauthorized to actually enter the United States and must improvise his days and nights in the terminal's international transit lounge, until the war at home is over. As the weeks and months stretch on, Viktor finds the compressed universe of the terminal to be a richly complex world of absurdity, generosity, ambition, amusement, status, serendipity--and even romance with a beautiful flight attendant named Amelia. But he has long worn out his welcome with airport official Frank Dixon, who considers Viktor a bureaucratic glitch--a problem he cannot control but wants desperately to erase.more
Rating: PG-13 (for brief language and drug references)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jeff Nathanson, Sacha Gervasi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 23, 2004
Box Office: $77.0M
DreamWorks SKG - Official Site


Tom Hanks
as Viktor Navorski
Stanley Tucci
as Frank Dixon
Diego Luna
as Enrique Cruz
Kumar Pallana
as Gupta Rajan
Eddie Jones
as Salchak
Jude Ciccolella
as Karl Iverson
Guillermo Díaz
as Bobby Alima
Rini Bell
as Nadia
Stephen Mendel
as First Class Steward
Valery Nikolaev
as Milodragovich
Ana Maria Quintana
as Covernment Inspector
Bob Morrisey
as Government Inspector
Susan Slome
as Woman With Cart
Mik Scriba
as Transportation Liais...
Jim Ishida
as Yoshinoya Manager
Carlease Burke
as Brookstone Manager
Stephon Fuller
as Swatch Manager
Dan Finnerty
as Discovery Store Mana...
Anastasia Basil
as La Perla Employee Ju...
Lydia Blanco
as Burger King Employee
Lee Joseph Davis
as Burger King Employee
Tonya Ivey
as Godiva Employee
Kevin Mukherji (II)
as Soundworks Dave
John Eddins
as CBP Officer
Kenneth Choi
as CBP Officer
Cas Anvar
as CBP Officer
Conrad Pla
as CBP Officer
Danette Mackay
as CBP Officer
Ian Finlay
as CBP Officer
Janique Kearns
as CBP Officer
Eddie Santiago
as Man on Phone
Kevin Ryder
as Businessman
Dusan Dukic
as Young Drug Trafficke...
Mark Ivanir
as Cab Driver Goran
Matt Holland
as Ramada Inn Clerk
Benny Golson
as Himself
Scott Adsit
as Cab Driver
Terry Haig
as CBP Inspector
Michelle Arthur
as Field Reporter
Thinh Truong
as Passenger
Sandrine Kwan
as Passenger
Carl Alacchi
as Passenger
Laurie Meghan Phelps
as Homeland Security Of...
Joseph Davis
as Burger King Employee
James Ishida
as Yoshinoya Manager
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News & Interviews for The Terminal

Critic Reviews for The Terminal

All Critics (209) | Top Critics (47)

Spielberg was able to make a post-9/11 film about a foreigner in an American airport without getting on a soap box about terrorism or airport anxiety

Full Review… | January 17, 2016
Fat Guys at the Movies

Lovely and well worth sharing with your family.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

A crowd-pleasing and entertaining film about humanity and heart with excellent performances and competent directing from Spielberg.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Amiable if rather toothless fable.

Full Review… | September 23, 2007

A great filmmaker doing minor work.

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

The Terminal's conclusion was as awkward and aloof as O'Hare Airport in December.

Full Review… | July 25, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Terminal

A sweet, heartwarming movie nothing more nothing less.

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

The Terminal is a completely charming look at one foreign man's unfortunate situation, stuck in an airport without a country. It's a little unbelievable but a good setting nonetheless for this comedic fish-out-of-water slice of life. Tom Hanks plays Viktor so effortlessly; the character reminds me of Andy Kaufman's "foreign man, "but Viktor's more believable. Catherine Zeta-Jones is gorgeous as always but more vulnerable here. I fell in love with her. The whole supporting cast is good; I liked the unexpected moments best, like the Indian janitor juggling during Viktor and Amelia's date.

This Spielberg-directed picture may not be Philadelphia or Schindler's List, but I enjoyed it much more than most romantic comedies. It's the sweetest story I've seen in some time, though I do wish for a better ending for Amelia (Jones). The moral is something like: Some things are worth waiting for. It's a little sappy melodramatic, but you'll feel good after anyway.

Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

a good drama film with a good cast. The film is good, and the cast definitely make it worth watching.

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UUd Irawan Yudha Ariyanto

Super Reviewer

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