The Terminal

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The Terminal transcends its flaws through the sheer virtue of its crowd-pleasing message and a typically solid star turn from Tom Hanks.



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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.


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 Liaison
Jim Ishida
as Yoshinoya Manager
Carlease Burke
as Brookstone Manager
Stephon Fuller
as Swatch Manager
Dan Finnerty
as Discovery Store Manager
Anastasia Basil
as La Perla Employee Julie
Lydia Blanco
as Burger King Employee
Lee Joseph Davis
as Burger King Employee
Tonya Ivey
as Godiva Employee
Kevin Mukherji
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 Trafficker
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 Officer
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Audience Reviews for The Terminal

  • Jan 31, 2014
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2013
    While The Terminal is an enjoyable Spielberg movie, it might be his most flawed. The film had good wholesome comedy, represented primary in the first twenty minutes. The drama in it withdrawed pity but not much sadness. While Tom Hanks offered a reasonable performance, I'm not sure if he'd be best fit. I think someone more European looking like Spacey would be the right guy for the job.The most dramatic flaw in this though was a huge lack of focus. It would leave a topic for forty minutes, then come back to it almost as if it was still going on. It didn't have anything central, or even, it would hop around un-evenly. So overall it's decent, but had much more potential.
    Daniel D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 20, 2011
    At first I found this to be a very bizaar film for Spielberg to direct. I wasn't dissapointed however. The Terminal; is a very heartwarming, cleverly written and interesting film for everyone to watch. It showcases another one of Tom Hanks best perfomances and his third collaboration with Spielberg. Com to think of it, this may of been based on a true story about some foreigner who did get stuck in the New York Airport.
    Luke E Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    The Terminal is a film I call a comedic masterpiece, and I realize I am in a huge minority when saying that. I have never seen a movie as sweet and funny as this, it was just a perfect mix of great jokes and sweet moments. The premise interested me, and when I finally saw this I realize that Spielberg has made the perfect blend pf drama and comedy. I guess I am a sucker, because the climax of the movie made me tear up a bit because it was so sweet and innocent, and Spielberg has made a winner again. Tom Hanks is extremely lovable and great and even his accent he gives is just funny because it makes Hanks look like innocent figure like in Forrest Gump. The entire cast is memorable including Stanley Tucci who plays one of the finest roles of his career. The Terminal is a perfect film in my view, you may disagree but I fell under the Spielberg spell that his movies cast just so incredibly well, and has made this one of my all time favorite comedies.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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