Air Force One (film)

1997 film direted by Wolfgang Petersen
The dead remember our indifference; the dead remember our silence. ~ James Marshall
What arrogance to think you could ever understand my intentions. ~ Ivan Korshunov

Air Force One is a 1997 action movie in which a group of terrorists take the President of the United States hostage aboard his private jet.

Directed by Wolfgang Petersen and written by Andrew W. Marlow.
Impenetrable. Invincible. In Trouble.Taglines

President James MarshallEdit

  • [in Russian, addressing state dinner in Moscow] The dead remember our indifference; the dead remember our silence. [turns back to English] I came here tonight to be congratulated. But today, when I visited the Red Cross camps, overwhelmed by the flood of refugees fleeing the horror of Kazakhstan, I realize I don't deserve to be congratulated. None of us do. The truth is we acted too late. Only when our own national security was threatened did we act. Radek's regime murdered over 200,000 men, women and children and we watched it on TV. We let it happen. People were being slaughtered for over a year and we issued economic sanctions and hid behind the rhetoric of diplomacy. How dare we? The dead remembered: real peace is not just the absence of conflict, it's the presence of justice. And tonight I come to you with a pledge to change America's policy. Never again will I allow our political self-interest to deter us from doing what we know to be morally right. Atrocity and terror are not political weapons, and to those who would use them, your day is over. We will never negotiate. We will no longer tolerate and we will no longer be afraid. It's your turn to be afraid.
  • How far away are those MIGs? [Suddenly Kazakh Mig-29 fighters gain radar lock on Air Force One] Never mind.
  • [to a subdued Korshunov] Get off my plane!

Egor KorshunovEdit

  • When you talk to the President, you might remind him that I am holding his wife, his daughter, his chief of staff, his national security advisor, his classified papers, AND his baseball glove!
  • More time. [shoots National Security Advisor] Your national security advisor has just been executed. He's a very good negotiator. He bought you another half-hour.
  • [mocking Vice-President Kathryn Bennett] The president is safe - but then you must know that. He ran from here like a whipped dog! I'm sure you can't wait for him to get back to making the decisions so you can stop... sweating... through that silk blouse of yours!


Air Force General: [After hearing the president ordering them to fire on Air Force One] My God! Is he saying what I think he's saying?
Vice-President Kathryn Bennett: If we're going to act, we have to act now.
Defense Secretary Walter Dean: It's too risky.
Bennett: The president is up there with a gun to his head!
General Northwood: He's asking us to do that? To Air Force One?!
Bennett: He's not asking. Your commander-in-chief has issued a direct order. DO IT!

Vice-President Kathryn Bennett: What are your intentions?
Egor Korshunov: What arrogance to think you could ever understand my intentions.
Bennett: I want to understand what it is that you want.
Korshunov: What do I want...When Mother Russia becomes one great nation again, when the capitalists are dragged from the Kremlin and then shot in the street, when our enemies run and hide in fear at the mention of our name, and when America begs our forgiveness...on that great day of deliverance, you will know what I want.

Egor Korshunov: I know what you're thinking, First Lady. You want me dead. Well, it might come to that. In the war, people die.
Grace: This isn't war! You just murdered an unarmed woman.
Egor Korshunov: You, who murdered a 100,000 Iraqis to save a nickel on a gallon of gas. Are going to lecture me about the rules of war? Don't!

Egor Korshunov: Madam Vice President, the time has come for you to show your good faith. I've read your press kits. I understand Air Force One is able to refuel in midair. Well, we need fuel and we need it now.
Vice-President Kathryn Bennett: I'm sure we can come to some kind of arrangement. If you land the plane, we'll trade fuel for hostages.
Korshunov: This is bullshit! It's simple physics. Without fuel, the plane crashes, everybody dies!
Bennett: We're trying to do everything that we can-
Korshunov: [Angrily] Tell me what I want to hear or I will execute a member of the senior staff and continue killing one hostage every minute until the plane crash or refueling plane arrive! [Calmly] Well, what do you say?
Bennett: Fuel's on its way.
Korshunov: [Politely] Thank you.

F-15 Pilot: Sir, pull up! You've got one on your tail.
President James Marshall: Get him off my tail!
F-15 Pilot: Missile away. Air Force One, break left and climb!
Major Caldwell: Sir, we've lost countermeasures!
F-15 Pilot: This is Halo-2. They've lost countermeasures. I'm going in. [Takes the missile for Air Force One]

Egor Korshunov: You've been very busy downstairs, haven't you? Killing my men? [Slaps President Marshall's face and punches his stomach then holds him down against a desk and takes his gun and points it at his head]
Grace: NO!
President James Marshall: You don't wanna do that. I'm what you came for, don't forget that.
Egor Korshunov: Then I'll kill them. Or just one? You pick. That's what you do in the White House? You play God.
President James Marshall: You're not here for this, you want something. What is it?
Egor Korshunov: I want Radek.
President James Marshall: How can I do that? I can't do that!
Egor Korshunov: Then you die the three of you.
President James Marshall: I'll do anything to save my family DON'T ASK ME FOR SOMETHING I CAN'T GIVE!
Egor Korshunov: The most powerful man on the earth, and there certain things you cannot do. This is very curious, stop with your fuckin' LIES!

[President Marshall is stunned about Agent Gibbs killing his men]
Secret Service Agent Gibbs: Give me the strap!
President James Marshall: I trusted you with my life!
Secret Service Agent Gibbs: So will the next president! [gestures about safety line] Now give it to me!

Liberty 24 Pilot: Blue Star... Air Force One is down!
Control Room [Blue Star]: Liberty 24 have you got the president?
Control Room [Blue Star]: Liberty DO YOU HAVE THE PRESIDENT!
Liberty 24 Pilot: Standby...
[President Marshal is grabbed off the line and taken on board]
Liberty 24 crew member: ... Liberty 24 is changing call sign, Liberty 24 is now Air Force One!

Colonel Axelrod: [as Egor and Andrei are trying to get into the cockpit and stop the plane from landing]. No matter what happens, we land this aircraft is that understood? Come on. Come on. Flaps 30.
Lieutenant Colonel Ingraham: Flaps 30


  • Impenetrable. Invincible. In Trouble.
  • The fate of a nation rests on the courage of one man.
  • The most important man, the surest airplane, the most dangerous hijackers...
  • Harrison Ford is the President of the United States


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