Air Force One

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



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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 of the journalists returning with them is actually Ivan Korshunov (Gary Oldman), a Kazakhstani terrorist, who hijacks the plane with three associates and holds the president hostage -- with his wife and daughter on board. Marshall must use his strength and intelligence to keep the terrorists at bay and devise a plan to allow his family to escape to safety, while on the ground the vice-president (Glenn Close), the secretary of defense (Dean Stockwell), and the attorney general (Philip Baker Hall) grapple over what to do and how much control to take in this crisis. Slam-bang action sequences and plot twists fly fast and furious in this nail-biter from director Wolfgang Petersen, who previously generated suspense under water (rather than in the air) with Das Boot. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Gary Oldman
as Ivan Korshunov
Harrison Ford
as President James Marshall
Glenn Close
as Vice President Bennett
Wendy Crewson
as Grace Marshall
Paul Guilfoyle (II)
as Chief of Staff Shepherd
William H. Macy
as Maj. Caldwell
Liesel Matthews
as Alice Marshall
Dean Stockwell
as Defense Secretary Dean
Xander Berkeley
as Agent Gibbs
Bill Smitrovich
as Gen. Northwood
Elaya Baskin
as Andrei Kolchak
David Vadim
as Igor Nevsky
Tom Everett
as NSA Advisor Jack Doherty
Spencer Garrett
as White House Aide Lee
Philip Baker Hall
as U.S. Attorney Gen. Ward
Jürgen Prochnow
as General Alexander Radek
Donna Bullock
as Press Secretary Melanie Mitchell
Michael Ray Miller
as AFO Pilot Colonel Axelrod
Carl Weintraub
as AFO Co-Pilot Lt. Col. Ingrahams
Elester Latham
as AFO Navigator
as Sergei Lenski
Andrew Divoff
as Boris Bazylev
Ilia Volokh
as Vladimir Krasin
Chris Howell
as Major Perkins
Albert Owens
as "Football" Colonel
Willard E. Pugh
as White House Communications Officer
Michael Monks
as Assistant Press Secretary
Alan Woolf
as Russian President Petrov
Messiri Freeman
as Future Postmaster General
Thomas Crawford
as Steward Mike
Fenton Lawless
as Steward Joey
Dan Shor
as Notre Dame Aide
David Gianopoulos
as Agent Johnson
Glenn Morshower
as Agent Walters
Richard Doyle
as AFO Back-Up Pilot
Don R. McManus
as F-15 Leader Colonel Carlton
Duke Miglin
as F-15 "Halo 2" Fighter Pilot
Pasha D. Lychnikoff
as Prison Guard
Oleg Taktarov
as Prison Guard
Mario Roberts
as Special Agent
Keith Woulard
as Special Agent
J. Mark Donaldson
as Special Agent
Bruce Holman
as Special Agent
Brian Libby
as Chief Mechanic
Diana Bellamy
as Switchboard Operator
Thom Barry
as Ramstein S O F Watch Officer
Harry Hutchinson
as Ramstein Airbase Controller
E.E. Bell
as Reporter
Mark Thompson
as Reporter
Ren Hanami
as Reporter
Suzanne Michaels
as CNN Anchor
Boris Krutonog
as MiG Leader
Alex Veadov
as MiG Pilot
Allan Kolman
as Kazakh Soldier
Dan Barringer
as USAF Jump Master
Mark Knutson
as Russian Jump Master
Jim Harley
as Willis
Aleks Shaklin
as Government Official
Igor N. Lobotsky
as Russian Official
Koko Kiledjian
as Russian Speaker
Gordon Michaels
as USAF Radio Specialist
Robert Peters
as USAF Radio Specialist
Kristian Sorensen
as USAF Radio Specialist
Stuart Nixon
as USAF Security
Marty Rosen
as CIA Director
Lee Faranda
as Russian Bad Guy
Michael Hambrick
as CNN Reporter
Catherine T. Yang
as Foreign TV Reporter
David MacIsaac
as MC-130 Pilot
J. Scott Shonka
as Pararescue Jumper
Paul Sklar
as Pararescue Jumper
David Permenter
as Winch Recovery Master
David O'Donnell
as Young Airman
Elya Baskin
as Andrei Kolchak
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  • Nov 12, 2016
    My problem isn't that the movie is silly or unrealistic, it's that I've always found it excessively boring.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 24, 2012
    Pretty intense thriller starring Harrison Ford who plays- President of United States of America. Obviously he was gonna be the hero and save the day, but still managed to be interesting.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2012
    Air Force One is often referred to as Die Hard on a plane, but I like to think of it as "Indiana Jones On A Plane". Whatever you want to call this film there's no denying that Air Force One does deliver good on thrills. Air Force One follows the hijacking of Air Force One as President James Marshall attempts to take out the terrorist hijackers and save everyone on board. With a plot like this you should expect some political conversations in this movie which often makes the film loose momentum. Though, the overall film is a thrill to watch. When it's not focusing on political issues the hijacking of the plane is interesting to see unfold and has enough action to satisfy those looking for violence in this action film. I also think it's great that our hero is a president which results in him getting the job done and the script does take advantage of this by putting those closest to him in the hands of danger. It's not to often we get to see a president killing some terrorists with his own hands on screen. It's also not light on some spectacular set pieces, despite mostly taking place on a plane the script takes advantage of it setting to delivers many explosions in mid air with several planes getting destroyed in the process. Air Force One is exciting to watch, but do expect the occasional slow moments during the thrill ride. The cast is well constructed and helps make elevate the script material into something much grand. Harrison Ford makes a great fictional president even when he's not fighting terrorists. He delivers a great performance throughout the film proving he's a great actor and not just reliable for violence on screen. With a great actor like Harrison Ford as our hero, you also have an equally great Gary Oldman as the film villain. Gary Oldman plays the soulless terrorist coldly and very convincingly like he means it. Gary Oldman is as interesting to see on screen as much as our hero and gives the film the edge it needs to deliver tension at all time. The supporting are also solid, though Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman will hold your attention throughout it duration. The special effects are a mix bags. Sometimes you'll some good effects like a plane catching on fire in mid air and sometimes you'll get sub par CGI. The direction is effective, but do expect to see the same sets throughout which you'll probably get tire of seeing after the first halve. The actions scenes are well done and takes advantage of it environments to deliver some satisfying violence. Air Force One benefits from having Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman to deliver on the film thrills and fun despite the occasional slow down. If you're in the mood for a good action movie or a film that thrills Air Force One will deliver that.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2012
    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 H Super Reviewer

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