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Executive Decision (1996)

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When terrorists seize control of an airliner, an intelligence analyst accompanies a commando unit for a midair boarding operation.

Director:

Stuart Baird
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... David Grant
Steven Seagal ... Lt. Col. Austin Travis
Halle Berry ... Jean
John Leguizamo ... Capt. Carlos 'Rat' Lopez
Oliver Platt ... Dennis Cahill
Joe Morton ... Sgt. Campbell 'Cappy' Matheny
David Suchet ... Nagi Hassan
BD Wong ... Sgt. Louie Jung (as B. D. Wong)
Len Cariou ... Secretary of Defense Charles White
Whip Hubley ... Sgt. Michael Baker
Andreas Katsulas ... El-Sayed Jaffa
Mary Ellen Trainor ... Allison
Marla Maples ... Nancy (as Marla Maples Trump)
J.T. Walsh ... Senator Jason Mavros
Ingo Neuhaus ... Doc
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Storyline

Terrorists take over a 747 bound from Athens to Washington D.C., supposedly to effect the release of their leader. Intelligence expert David Grant suspects another reason and convinces the military that the 'plane should not be allowed to enter U.S. airspace. An assault mission is devised, using a specially equipped 'plane designed for mid-air crew transfers, and Grant finds himself aboard the 747 with a team of military anti-terrorists who have to defuse a bomb and overpower the terrorists. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Five miles above the earth, an elite team of six men must make an air to air transfer, in order to save 400 lives on board a 747... and 40 million below. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The face of Steven Seagal was added on Indonesian, German and Dutch cinema posters and VHS covers to attract more viewers, as he was quite popular there at the time. See more »

Goofs

Andrews Air Force Base is not surrounded by high mountains and palm trees. See more »

Quotes

Cappie: I think we're looking up the ass-end of a dead dog, but it's worth a try.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema, video and DVD versions have two small cuts. First, during the attack at the beginning of the film there are cuts to the use of the knife by the 'Steven Seagal (I)' character, on three of the bad guys. Another strange cut occurs on the plane during the hijack. Al Tar, the David Suchet character, is seen rising from a praying position to answer a phone call from the cockpit. The UK version shows him answering the phone only, you do not know he has been praying. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

It's Nice to Go Trav'ling
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Performed by Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under Licence from CEMA Special Markets
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User Reviews

 
Suspense and plot twists for everyone...
22 October 2000 | by JoH-2See all my reviews

I enjoyed this one. Sure there were some implausible things: the speed of the counter-action, the strange fact that a complete change of the aerodynamics of a stealth bomber seems to cause zero disturbance... But all in all it was well within bearable limits. Don't expect to see a 100% realistic plot in a movie that is supposed to contain heros! In reality, they usually get shot or explode before they have the chance to become one :-)

Critical Decisions has a more than adequate mix of suspense, better-than-horrible acting, plot twists and mild humor to relieve the tension. Whereas a lot of movies in the same genre totally screw up one or more of those aspects. I'm thinking about the terribly balanced "humor" in The Rock, for example. Killing all tension and involvement..

8/10

JoH


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

15 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Executive Action See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,069,780, 17 March 1996

Gross USA:

$56,569,216

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$121,969,216
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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