- President Marshall (Harrison Ford) to Korchunov (Gary Oldman)
Box Office - 09/01/1997
"...Superb acting from Harrison Ford..."
USA Today - 07/25/1997
"...Viscerally juicy....The movie is effectively cast..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 07/25/1997
"...[A] slyly witty and inspiring spectacle of the chief executive as action renegade..."
New York Times - 07/25/1997
"...[Close] acts with appealing brusqueness and precision....This is a meat-and-potatoes American thriller that means business..."
Los Angeles Times - 07/25/1997
"...AIR FORCE ONE is at once vigorous and old-fashioned, a piece of expertly crafted entertainment that gets the job done with skill and panache..."
Premiere - 06/15/2009 3 stars out of 4 -- "An absolute blast with a fast-moving story, great villain...[and] Ford at the top of his game..."
President James Marshall (Harrison Ford) is one of the most respected leaders in the history of America. When Kazakhstanian separatists commit atrocities on their own people, Marshall authorizes a guerrilla mission to take their leader, General Radek (Jürgen Prochnow), into custody and restore the democratic regime. In his speech afterward, the president vows never to let America hesitate again when dealing with terrorists. However, that's before a group of them, led by the ruthless Korchunov (Gary Oldman) take over his own flight on Air Force One, with his wife and young daughter also on board. President Marshall, a decorated Vietnam veteran, becomes a one-man vigilante force in his efforts to free his family and the other hostages, retake the plane, and thwart the hijackers. Director Wolfgang Petersen's thrilling film is supported by an excellent ensemble cast, which includes William H. Macy, Philip Baker Hall, and Glenn Close as Kathryn Bennett, the vice president who must hold the Cabinet together in Marshall's absence.
The fate of the nation rests on the courage of one man. Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman star in two-time Oscar(r) nominee Wolfgang Petersen's gripping thriller about an uncompromising U.S. President who has just told the world he will not negotiate with terrorists. When Russian neo-nationalists hijack Air Force One, the world's most secure and extraordinary aircraft, the President is faced with a nearly impossible decision to give in to terrorist demands or sacrifice not only the country's dignity,but the lives of his wife and daughter.
En route from Russia to the United States on Air Force One, President James Marshall (Harrison Ford), his wife and daughter, and other passengers are taken hostage by a gang of wild-eyed Kazakhstanian separatist radicals led by the cunning Korchunov (Gary Oldman). Fortunately, this Chief Executive is a decorated Vietnam vet who knows his way around hand-to-hand combat and firearms. Bargain' Never! As the president fights to subdue the hijackers and ground the plane, his Cabinet fights to keep the nation together.