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The Terminal (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 18 June 2004 (USA)
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An Eastern European tourist unexpectedly finds himself stranded in JFK airport, and must take up temporary residence there.

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Steven Spielberg

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Andrew Niccol (story), Sacha Gervasi (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Viktor Navorski
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Amelia Warren
Stanley Tucci ... Frank Dixon
Chi McBride ... Mulroy
Diego Luna ... Enrique Cruz
Barry Shabaka Henley ... Thurman
Kumar Pallana ... Gupta Rajan
Zoe Saldana ... Dolores Torres (as Zoë Saldana)
Eddie Jones ... Salchak
Jude Ciccolella ... Karl Iverson
Corey Reynolds ... Waylin
Guillermo Díaz ... Bobby Alima (as Guillermo Diaz)
Rini Bell ... Nadia
Stephen Mendel ... First Class Steward
Valeriy Nikolaev Valeriy Nikolaev ... Milodragovich (as Valera Nikolaev)
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Storyline

Victor Navorski reaches JFK airport from a politically unstable country. Due to collapse of his government, his papers are no longer valid in the airport, and hence he is forced to stay in the airport till the war cools down. He makes the airport his home and develops a friendship with the people who work there until he can leave. Written by Keith Francis

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Life is waiting.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for brief language and drug references | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

DreamWorks | UIP [France]

Country:

USA

Release Date:

18 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terminal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,053,199, 20 June 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$77,872,883

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$140,813,273
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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bernie Mac was considered for a role, but had to pull out due to a scheduling conflict. See more »

Goofs

At John F. Kennedy Airport, shortly after Officer Thurman escorts Viktor for the first time, the P.A. announces "Passengers of Air Canada flight 746 from Montreal must proceed to U.S. Immigration before claiming their luggage." Most large Canadian airports, including Montreal's Pierre Trudeau Airport, have U.S. border pre-clearance facilities. In other words, passengers flying from Montreal to New York would have cleared U.S. immigration in Montreal. Also, in real life, Air Canada flight 746 flies to Fiorello LaGuardia Airport, not JFK. See more »

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[first lines]
PA announcer: United Airlines announcing the arrival of Flight 9435 from Beijing. Customer service representative, please report to gate C42.
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SPOILER: In the closing credits, the names of the production staff and prominent cast are the person's actual signature, rather than the standard block print used in the remainder of the credits. This follows with the secondary plot of Victor trying to get the last signature for the memory of his deceased father. See more »

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Feel-good
8 July 2004 | by Derek237See all my reviews

It's funny how Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, two of Hollywood's most powerful men, who could literally do any movie they want, end up making something like The Terminal. Instead of reaching for new heights of film-making like including the latest in special effects, or new original ways of storytelling and editing, Spielberg goes back to a simpler form. That in itself is surprisingly refreshing. Filmmakers try so hard to be inventive and change the typical form of the classics, that when someone finally does go back to that Capra or Wilder fashion, it ends up seeming original. That's what The Terminal goes for. A movie about characters, not plot. About emotion, not CGI. It's a true heart-felt piece of work. It's funny, it's cute, and it always keeps you interested.

Tom Hanks leads an exceptional cast as Viktor Navorski, a man stranded in JFK airport, not welcome in the U.S. and having no country to come home to. Throughout the experience he makes friends, a love interest, and a rival. He changes all of their lives, of course. That's to be expected from a movie like this. Tom Hanks is totally believable, accent and all. It's a performance well worthy of an Oscar nod.

I loved The Terminal for many reasons, but one big reason is it's simplicity. And more importantly, because it is good at being simple. It doesn't contribute anything new to movies, it doesn't try to. It is what it is. A great, feel-good film. Something that is getting rarer and rarer these days. Sometimes you'll want to see a gritty, wrenching melodrama, but other times you'll want to see The Terminal.

My rating: 10/10


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