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|Harrison Ford||President James Marshall|
|Gary Oldman||Ivan Korshunov|
|Glenn Close||Vice President Kathryn Bennett|
|Wendy Crewson||Grace Marshall|
|William H. Macy||Major Caldwell|
|Jürgen Prochnow||General Ivan Radek|
|Oleg Taktarov||Prison Guard #2|
|Liesel Matthews||Alice Marshall|
|Paul Guilfoyle||Chief of Staff Lloyd 'Shep' Shepherd|
|Xander Berkeley||Secret Service Agent Gibbs|
|Dean Stockwell||Defense Secretary Walter Dean|
|Tom Everett||National Security Advisor Jack Doherty|
|Donna Bullock||Deputy Press Secretary Melanie Mitchel|
|Michael Ray Miller||Colonel Axelrod|
|Carl Weintraub||Lt. Colonel Ingraham|
|Elya Baskin||Andrei Kolchak|
|Levan Uchaneishvili||Sergei Lenski|
|David Vadim||Igor Nevsky|
|Andrew Divoff||Boris Bazylev|
|Ilia Volok||Vladimir Krasin|
|Chris Howell||Major Perkins|
|Jerry Goldsmith||Original Music Composer|
|Michael Ballhaus||Director of Photography|
|David V. Lester||Executive Producer|
|Marc Abraham||Executive Producer|
|Andrew W. Marlowe||Author|
|Thomas A. Bliss||Executive Producer|
"The fate of a nation rests on the courage of one man."
"Impenetrable. Invincible. In Trouble."
"Harrison Ford is the President of the United States."
An American and Russian joint military operation results in the capture of General Ivan Radek (Jürgen Prochnow), the dictator of a rogue terrorist regime in Kazakhstan that had taken possession of former Soviet nuclear weapons. Three weeks later, a diplomatic dinner is held in Moscow to celebrate the capture of the Kazakh dictator, at which President of the United States James Marshall (Harrison Ford) expresses his remorse that action had not been taken sooner to prevent the suffering that Radek caused. He also vows that his administration will take a firmer stance against despotism and that they will never negotiate with terrorists.President Marshall, along with his wife Grace (Wendy Crewson), daughter Alice (Liesel Matthews), and several of his Cabinet and advisors, board Air Force One to return to the United States. U.S. Secret Service agent Gibbs (Xander Berkeley), acting as a mole for a group of six Radek loyalists led by the sadistic Egor Korshunov (Gary Oldman), sneaks them onto the plane disguised as journalists. Once in flight, Gibbs kills several Secret Service agents guarding the plane's armory, allowing Korshunov and his men to seize control of the plane. When the attackers start a firefight, the pilots attempt to land the plane at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. However, the pilots are killed, and the terrorists take control, diverting the plane towards Kazakhstan. Secret Service agents take Marshall to an escape pod in the cargo hold, while the rest of the passengers are taken hostage by the hijackers. Believing the President has escaped, the hijackers plan to use his wife and daughter as leverage.At the White House Situation Room, Korshunov contacts Vice President Kathryn Bennett (Glenn Close), threatening to kill a hostage every half hour until Radek is released. Meanwhile, the U.S. military locates the escape pod but finds it empty. Unbeknownst to the hijackers, President Marshall, a retired military aviator, veteran of the Vietnam War, and Medal of Honor recipient, stayed aboard the plane to rescue everybody. He contacts the White House via satellite phone, reminding Bennett not to negotiate with the terrorists. The hijackers request mid-air refueling after Marshall forces a fuel dump and secures the hostages. Marshall sends a fax to the White House, instructing the tanker to force the plane low enough for the hostages to parachute to safety. When Korshunov discovers the deception, he forces the plane away from the refueling tanker, causing the fuel to ignite and destroy the tanker. He captures Marshall and the remaining advisors before they escape.With Marshall and his family held hostage, Bennett is forced to contact Russian President Petrov to endorse Radek's release. Korshunov and his men celebrate as the event is broadcast over the plane's speakers, and Marshall escapes. While Marshall's advisers deal with the remaining terrorists, Korshunov takes Grace to the plane's parachute ramp, and dumps the remaining parachutes. Marshall arrives, and the two fight. Korshunov loses his weapon, and is garrotted with the parachute chord. Marshall then belays his earlier request to release Radek, who is killed attempting to flee custody.Marshall directs Air Force One towards friendly airspace unaware that MiG-29s piloted by Radek loyalists follow them. Escorting U.S. F-15s counterattack, but the shrapnel from explosions, and machine gun rounds, destroys Air Force One's tail controls, rendering landing impossible. Marshall pilots Air Force One out toward the Caspian Sea to prevent civilian casualties, and a nearby patrolling U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command MC-130E Combat Talon is called in to rescue Marshall and the others via zip-line. After his family's evacuation, Marshall, Gibbs, and Major Caldwell (William H. Macy) remain on the plane, with time for only one to be rescued. Caldwell tells Marshall to go, but Gibbs pulls a gun, kills Major Caldwell and a PJ, and attempts to save himself on the last remaining zip-line. Marshall overpowers him, attaches himself to the line, and unhooks it from the plane before it crashes into the water. The MC-130E crew reel in the President, and Marshall is reunited with his family.
Theatrical : 1997-07-25 : United States of America
DVD : 1998-02-01
DVD : 1998-02-10