Executive Decision

March 15th, 1996


Executive Decision

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

Release Year: 1996

Rating: 6.3/10 (23,402 voted)

Director: Stuart Baird

Stars: Kurt Russell, Halle Berry, Steven Seagal

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.

Writers: Jim Thomas, John Thomas

Kurt Russell - Dr. David Grant
Steven Seagal - Lt. Colonel Austin Travis
Halle Berry - Jean, Flight Attendant
John Leguizamo - Rat
Oliver Platt - Dennis Cahill
Joe Morton - Sergeant 'Cappy' Matheny
BD Wong - Sergeant Louie
Len Cariou - Secretary of Defense Charles White
Whip Hubley - Sergeant Baker
Andreas Katsulas - El Sayed Jaffa
Mary Ellen Trainor - Allison, Flight Attendant
Marla Maples - Nancy, Flight Attendant (as Marla Maples Trump)
J.T. Walsh - Senator Mavros
Ingo Neuhaus - Doc
William James Jones - Catman

Taglines: 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.

Release Date: 15 March 1996

Filming Locations: Alverno High School - 200 North Michillinda Avenue, Sierra Madre, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $12,100,000 (USA)

Gross: $68,750,000 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The passenger manifest that is seen by Halle Berry is an American Airlines manifest.

Factual errors: The type of airplane used in the hijacking is a Boeing 747-200. The digital cockpit shots and absence of a Flight Engineer indicate a 747-400.

Sergeant "Cappy" Matheny: I think we're looking up the ass-end of a dead dog, but it's worth a try.

User Review

Even Seagal is good!

Rating: 8/10

A fun, tense, and exciting action/thriller with an excellent ensemble cast, headed by Kurt Russell and including Halle Berry, David Suchet, and John Leguizamo.

Even Steven Seagal does a creditable job, mainly because this isn't a "Steven Seagal movie." His supporting role permits him to do what he does best (which isn't acting). He doesn't have to pretend to be witty, there's none of that awful smirking he does in a vain attempt to show emotion, the camera doesn't caress his body, and there's not one speech about how gol-dang *good* his character is. He even manages to enunciate his lines clearly!

The plot might have seemed a little far-fetched when the movie was released, but not anymore.

I'm not even much of an action film fan, but this one is really a lot of fun.


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