Air Force One

D: Wolfgang Petersen
Columbia/Beacon/Radiant (Armyan Bernstein, Wolfgang Petersen, Gail Katz & John Shestack)
USA 🇺🇸 1997
124 mins


W: Andrew W. Marlowe
DP: Michael Ballhaus
Ed: Richard Francis-Bruce
Mus: Jerry Goldsmith
PD: William Sandell

Harrison Ford (US President James Marshall), Glenn Close (US Vice President Kathryn Bennett), Gary Oldman (Ivan Korshunov), Wendy Crewson (First Lady Grace Marshall), Liesel Matthews (Alice Marshall), Dean Stockwell (Walter Dean)

Terrorists hijack the president's plane as ransom for a Soviet comrade to be released from prison. The president, however, is willing to show he is a man of action in order to save his family and staff, for he is no ordinary president of the USA, being a decorated war hero in Vietnam and knows everything about terrorist tactics and flight electronics to thwart them. Go America!! Yeah!!
It's all preposterous Die Hard-on-an-aeroplane action hokum in which the plot is as awful as the accents. This movie could also quite possibly feature one of the worst ever Jerry Goldsmith music scores.
Remove brain before watching and try not to pay attention to the shockingly poor visual effects, especially at the film's climax.

Gary Oldman & Harrison Ford in Air Force One
Gary Oldman & Harrison Ford in Air Force One
Did You Know:
Harrison Ford told Gary Oldman to actually hit him during the filming of the fight scenes.

Award Wins & Nominations:


Wins: none

Nominations: 2 (Best Film Editing; Best Sound)

Worst of the Year: 2 Nominations (Worst Original Score; Worst Visual Effects)


Wins: none

Nominations: 2 (Best Film Editing; Best Sound)


Wins: none

Nominations: none


Bambi Awards (Best International Film; Best Director); Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (Best Supporting Actress - Action/Adventure)