Air Force One (1997)
February 19, 2017 4:10 PM - Subscribe

Hijackers seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he - an ex-soldier - works from hiding to defeat them.

A nice action film, relatively well received, starring Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman, directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Decent summary on Wikipedia.
posted by ZeusHumms (9 comments total)
I love this movie.

I love Harrison Ford, I love Gary Oldman, I love that Glenn Close is VPOTUS, I love that a random nobody administrative lady gets to send a hero fax, I love that the President doesn't know his own phone numbers, I love the cheesy action and happy parachuting people.

(Also I'm pretty sure every time I've watched it it's been back to back with the Fugitive so even though the movies have very little in common I often mix up details between them.)
posted by phunniemee at 10:48 AM on February 20, 2017 [3 favorites]

Referenced in the very first episode of NCIS!
posted by Mogur at 12:29 PM on February 20, 2017

Sorry, should have been clearer: in the first ep of NCIS (not the backdoor pilot), the hero figures out the bad guys by remembering Air Force One plot points.
posted by Mogur at 12:39 AM on February 21, 2017 [2 favorites]

I'm watching this right now.

VPOTUS Glenn Close, when faced with a "solution" she disagrees with proposed by an increasingly power-grabby Def. Secy Yueh, doesn't argue, she doesn't tell him he's an idiot, she says, "get me the Attorney General and a copy of the Constitution." Insert heart eyes emoji here.
posted by phunniemee at 5:23 PM on February 21, 2017 [3 favorites]

OK just got to the part with the giant mid-air zip line; someone clue me in why we're not just delivering parachutes to the ones on board? Is it the water?
posted by tigrrrlily at 5:32 PM on February 23, 2017 [1 favorite]

Plane was running out of time and fuel, and falling apart.
posted by ZeusHumms at 1:56 PM on March 12, 2017

I saw this in theaters in middle school and it blew my mind at the time.

I should watch it soon; it might feel good to make me proud of a President again
posted by knownassociate at 11:28 AM on June 27, 2017

I had a lousy day and have decided to spend my evening watching Air Force One. This movie is such a salve for bad feels. 10/10
posted by phunniemee at 4:44 PM on May 21, 2020

Man I really enjoy this movie. It is so well acted and shot, I love the camera work where you see a mook walking down the aisle then his partner comes into scene right in the foreground. I will say my partner asked me what it's about and off the cuff I said it's the end of history, the movie, and now I can't really unsee it.
posted by Carillon at 1:04 AM on January 16, 2023

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