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  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Wendy Crewson, Liesel Matthews
  • Directors: Wolfgang Petersen
  • Writers: Andrew W. Marlowe
  • Producers: Armyan Bernstein, David V. Lester, Gail Katz, Jonathan Shestack, Marc Abraham
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English, Russian
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Sept. 2000
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CVVE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,304 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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American President James Marshall (Harrison Ford) is flying home from Moscow with his family and entourage on the presidential plane Air Force One. After posing as journalists to get on board, a group of terrorists, led by Ivan Korshunov (Gary Oldman), seize control of the craft. They threaten to kill everyone on board unless their leader, General Radek, is released from prison by the White House. It seems that Marshall has escaped in a pod, but in reality he has concealed himself in the hold. After telephoning the White House on his mobile phone with instructions not to negotiate, Marshall sets about releasing the hostages.

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If you can manage to suspend your disbelief for the duration, you won't be disappointed with Air Force One. Harrison Ford plays a US president who single-handedly employs his rigid anti-terrorism policy when a band of Russian thugs hatch a mid-flight takeover of Air Force One. Gary Oldman, who chews the scenery as the lead terrorist, will shoot a hostage at the slightest provocation. Glenn Close plays the sternly pragmatic vice president who negotiates with Oldman from her Washington seat of power. If you can believe that the aircraft's pressurised cabin can sustain hundreds of rounds of machine-gun fire, you'll buy anything in this entertaining potboiler, especially thanks to Ford's stalwart heroics and some nifty special effects. Director Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot) keeps the action moving so fast you won't be sweating the details.--Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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By Mr. C. Gelderd VINE VOICE on 7 Aug. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Only a few select actors can have the honour, in cinema audience’s eyes, of playing the US President with great acclaim. Jamie Foxx and Aaron Eckhart have tried recently and faded into obscurity. Leslie Nielsen even had a go for the ‘Scary Movie’ franchise, but didn’t cut the mustard. Harrison Ford, however, just seems perfect for the part and remains a firm favourite. The everyday family man, politician and former war hero rolled into one make his performance brilliant and a real joy to watch in this taught thriller.

Going up against the electric Gary Oldman who turns from calm freedom fighter to psychotic murder in a heartbeat, Ford spends a good portion of the film almost a nervous, worried wreck of a man. His hands tremble as he comes to terms with the deadly hijacking as he races to find the materials he needs to save those on-board, and his face frowns and grimaces at each gunshot and bone-crunching punch landed. He’s not a willing action hero, he’s a normal man that only Ford can convincingly portray with such power, but he has an imposing and dramatic presence as his bravery increases and his drive never falters; one of the last few “American everyday heroes” of the 1990s.

The strong supporting cast are all very convincing in their roles, from Glenn Close as a strong-willed but desperate Vice President with the dilemma of taking one life to save thousands over her head, and Xander Berkeley as the deceptive and wonderfully cold Agent Gibbs. Oldman however leads the way in another exciting and wild villainous role that allows him to show his dramatic flair and passion when he reveals his intentions and motives behind the hijacking.
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Format: Blu-ray
The President goes to Moscow and gives a speech outlining the USA's new "Zero- tolerance" policy with respect to terrorism.

On the flight home, terrorists take over Air Force One, and take the passengers, including his wife and daughter, hostage.

The terrorists plan to execute one hostage every half-hour until their demands are met.

However, the President is Harrison Ford, a former Medal of Honour winner.....

How can anyone hate this movie, if you suspend your disbelief for two hours and try to ignore the blatant patriotism? Its Die Hard on a plane (again), but with Harrison Ford as The President of The USA. The pitch must have been amazing.

Its a no brainier. I cannot think of anyone better for the role, and the casting of Oldman is genius, because at the time, thanks to Leon, The Fifth Element, and True Romance, he was the go to guy for playing the villain, plus he's British, and we all know that Brits are the best Bad Guys (according to Hollywood).

Yes it's a silly film, and the script is cringeworthy (get off my plane is worthy of Schwarzennegar), but the action is solid, Ford will never be better, and Oldman is brilliant, even thought there is one line he spouts in a cockney accent.

And for a two hour movie, it goes at a hectic pace, even when we go through the old round the table stuff with the VP and Dean Stockwell looking serious, like you do in all these types of movies.

Turn off your brains for a couple of hours, and you will be in for a treat...
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By D. Climo on 2 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
My opinion of 'Air Force One' is that, whilst it is a rollicking exciting yarn in the Die Hard-mould, it could have been improved a lot more in a couple of areas.

One being the script. Now I'm not saying that it was terrible but what it suffered from was having a lot of cliche's. Cliche's like the President being 'the' only one who could do this or that once most of the terrorists were defeated. The fact that Government Officials were treating the President like a GOD because of his military past. Don't get me wrong I think the concept is great as it brings a sort of turmoil to the lead character. It's just the way it's pulled off with other characters constantly quoting how great "Mr President" is, especially in the 2nd half. If you're like me you'd probably think he's making some sort of twisted election campaign ad.

Two being some of the performances. One that springs to mind as I type. It is Gary Oldman's I'm afraid. Now whilst his camp theatrical side worked in 'Bram Stokers: Dracula'. To me, doesn't work in this. In fact after about 15 mins after the hijack scene I found him not scary any more. More annoying. What irritated me about him was that he shouted in almost every line thus losing that menacing presence. I watched 'Die Hard' more recently and found Alan Rickman very scary largely because he didn't shout or overact.

Still this is a watchable and excitable yarn. Very cheap now. Just be prepared for the cliche's and the panto terrorists.

At least a rent.
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By Peter Wade VINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2010
Format: DVD
Great action film

I had heard that this film was a preposterously patriotic film for Americans.

In all action films you have to suspend belief so nit picking about whether any of these things could happen is a waste of time. It is just a story.

Once the plane is hi jacked the action is relentless and Harrison Ford is very good as the action hero and Gary Oldman is excellent as the ominous hijacker. He makes a great baddy. there is a tradition in American films to have English actors as the villains and Gary Oldman does this very well even though he is playing a Russian or was it someone from Kazakhstan?

You know that the goodies have to win it is just a question of time and how they are going to do it.

It is also really a cowboy film as it is one man against all the forces of evil and he succeeds just by his sheer ingenuity.

There is nothing that this man does not know.

The realistic parts of the film were when he phoned the White House he was not immediately believed to be the President and he was jerked around by the operator. It was good to see and hear the the president of the United states gets messed around by telephone operators.

Also he sends a fax and no one seems to read it for quite awhile again a true scenario as I send a lot of faxes that never get read or received and I make a lot of phone calls that don't get acknowledged.

In that respects it was a very realistic film.

How many stories would be resolved quicker if someones who swears by modern forms of communication actually answer their phones and read their faxes.

I will quote it to people who complain that I don't carry a mobile phone or send texts or communicate by email on a regular basis.
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