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The Terminal [DVD]
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An Eastern European visitor becomes a resident of a New York airport terminal when a war breaks out and erases his country from the map, voiding his passport. He makes friends with the airport staff and falls in love with a flight attendant.
Like an airport running at peak efficiency, The Terminal glides on the consummate skills of its director and star. Having refined their collaborative chemistry on Saving Private Ryan and Catch Me if You Can, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks mesh like the precision gears of a Rolex, turning a delicate, not-very-plausible scenario into a lovely modern-age fable (partly based on fact) that's both technically impressive and subtly moving. It's Spielberg in Capra mode, spinning the featherweight tale of Victor Navorski (Hanks, giving a finely tuned performance), an Eastern European who arrives at New York's Kennedy Airport just as his (fictional) homeland has fallen to a coup, forcing him, with no valid citizenship, to take indefinite residence in the airport's expansive International Arrivals Terminal (an astonishing full-scale set that inspires Spielberg's most elegant visual strategies). Spielberg said he made this film in part to alleviate the anguish of wartime America, and his master's touch works wonders on the occasionally mushy material; even Stanley Tucci's officious terminal director and Catherine Zeta-Jones's mixed-up flight attendant come off (respectively) as forgivable and effortlessly charming. With this much talent involved, The Terminal transcends its minor shortcomings to achieve a rare degree of cinematic grace. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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Say, honey, would you mind if I went off on a short trip?
Tom Hanks is Viktor Navorski arriving at New York's JFK. While in the air from Eastern Europe, his homeland of Krakozia - probably a chronic trouble spot in the Balkans - slips into a government coup. It's revoked all of its passports and, in response, the U.S. State Department has nullified all travel visas issued to Krakozian nationals. So, when going through Immigration, Viktor is told that he can neither enter the United States or fly back to the Old Country. The resident chief immigration officer, Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci), allows him to stay in the International Arrivals Lounge - a overnight state of limbo that eventually drags into nine months. And since Viktor never got as far as Customs, what's in that can of peanuts that he guards so closely?
THE TERMINAL is built around the clever premise that you can, as frequent fliers can attest, lead a full life even if confined within the limits of an airport transit lounge: learn a foreign language, get a job, make new friends, eat well, acquire a trendy wardrobe, sleep, maintain one's personal appearance, and, if you're lucky, find Love.
Stanley Tucci is excellent as Dixon, who's at first in sympathy with Viktor's plight, even going so far as to stage manage a breach in security through which he hopes Navorski will bolt into the outside world (thus becoming some other agency's problem). Eventually, however, Frank's attitude hardens after Viktor embarrasses him in front of some government inspectors. Something about a goat.Read more ›
The Terminal is a heart-warming story, that at moments can make you laugh and at others cry as well. The story tells of a man called Viktor. Who after arriving at a JFK New York Airport, discovers that his country is in the middle of a civil war. Unable to get back to his country or even step out of the airport as he temporarily has no country, he is being forced to live at the airport's lounge. He then goes on to meet new friends, get a job, and discover a liking to a air stewardess.
Tom Hanks who plays 'Viktor' does a fantastic job at playing a convincing foreigner. Sourrounded by a the likes of Cathrine Zeta-Jones and other fairly well known stars, thay make a great cast.
Theres very little to have a go at with this film except maybe that it does tend to go on a little sometimes. Its a fairly lenghty film, which is the only reason I didn't give this film 5 stars.
The Terminal is a treat for the family and with the joint efforts of Spielberg and Hanks leading the front, whats to dount. Highly recommended for all ages.
Tom Hanks who plays 'Viktor Navorski' is a vistor to New York City from the small East-europe country Krakozhia, discovers when he lands his country goes into civil war. Krakozhia is no longer reconised by America and Viktor discovers a 'crack'in the system. He is not aloud leave the Airport.
The story is about Viktor adapting to life in JFK airport and follows his time there, with Catherine Zeta-Jones (who plays Amelia Warren) is a flight attendent and and becomes friends with Viktor and see him on a regular basis.
i won't give away too much of the story as some detials (such as why hes there) will ruin the story.
if you want a great faimly film without the violence this is the film, you won't be disapointed.
The story has more to it than his consolodation into the airport, but its a good film if you want something thats easy to understand and watch, and does without the effects. Another great piece of filming from Speilberg!
The Terminal follows Viktor Navorski (Hanks), a foreigner whose country experienced a military coup while he was in the air so he is confined to the shiny walls of the airport. Alongside a chance for shameless product placement (Burger King and Borders' massive logos crop up left, right and centre), the terminal becomes just as isolating and depressing as a movie prison, albeit one filled with shops, food courts and confused flyers watching Navorski waddle around the place in a bathrobe. There's enough amusing set-pieces to raise a giggle and create enough sympathy for the loveable character (Hanks gets the accent right, giving him a persona that's neither annoying nor pathetic). He makes some cash out of rounding up discarded trolleys and collecting the quarters. He mingles with a colourful cast of bumbling airport characters. He falls in love, of course. It's all very nice but behind Hanks' antics and subtle social commentary there's the constant feeling that something's missing, especially if you remind yourself that you're watching one of the best directors in the world.
Spielberg is now making a living out of keeping audiences amused for a couple of hours rather than making a dent in their hearts for another unforgettable blockbuster. Fair enough but we need something that stays if he still wants to be Hollywood's finest.
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Such a lovely film. You really find yourself rooting for him and wanting to beat the system. Laughter and tears in this film. I really love it.Published 14 days ago by Kristine pirie
still trying to get my head round this script
if anyone been delayed by an airline they should know