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Story

Steven Seagal gets killed during the first 20 minutes of this enjoyable thriller, so the movie scores points for ingenuity because it immediately improves when you realize that Seagal's role is just a heroic cameo. That leaves Kurt Russell to star as an American intelligence expert who (due to Seagal's untimely demise) finds himself leading a strike force against Islamic terrorists who have seized in-flight control of a 747 jetliner with 400 passengers. It's not all that different from Air Force One, but the formula story perks right along with considerable suspense as Russell's cohorts (Oliver Platt, Joe Morton) try to defuse a chemical bomb that could wipe out (you guessed it) the entire Eastern seaboard. John Leguizamo plays one of the U.S. commandos attempting to stop the violent hijackers, and Halle Berry costars as a flight attendant who risks her life to assist Russell's rescue team. As action movies go, Executive Decision marked an impressive directorial debut for veteran film editor Stuart Baird. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

Kurt RussellDr. David Grant
Steven SeagalLt. Colonel Austin Travis
Halle BerryJean
John LeguizamoRat
Oliver PlattDennis Cahill
Joe MortonSergeant 'Cappy' Matheny
BD WongSergeant Louie
Len CariouSecretary of Defense Charles White
Whip HubleySergeant Baker
Andreas KatsulasEl Sayed Jaffa
Mary Ellen TrainorAllison
Marla MaplesNancy
J.T. WalshSenator Mavros
Nicholas PryorSecretary of State Jack Douglas
Eugene RocheAdmiral Lewis
Ken JenkinsGeneral Wood
Richard RiehleAirline Marshal George Edwards
Ahmed AhmedTerrorist #4
Shaun ToubTerrorist
David SuchetNagi Hassan
Ray Baker747 Captain
Michael Milhoan747 First Officer
Nick JamesonLondon Maitre D'

  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Stuart Baird
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 133
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMar 15, 1996
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 4, 2003
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