Executive Decision

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In this action thriller, a group of Islamic terrorists, led by Nagi Hassan David Suchet, highjacks a 747 jetliner with 400 passengers aboard, but Lt. Col. Austin Travis Steven Seagal, a United States intelligence agent, is convinced that this isn't an ordinary case of air piracy. His suspicions are soon confirmed; Hassan's men have obtained a large cache of stolen Soviet nerve gas, and they are using the 747 to smuggle the deadly gas into the United States, where they intend to use it to wipe out Washington D.C. ...
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In this action thriller, a group of Islamic terrorists, led by Nagi Hassan David Suchet, highjacks a 747 jetliner with 400 passengers aboard, but Lt. Col. Austin Travis Steven Seagal, a United States intelligence agent, is convinced that this isn't an ordinary case of air piracy. His suspicions are soon confirmed; Hassan's men have obtained a large cache of stolen Soviet nerve gas, and they are using the 747 to smuggle the deadly gas into the United States, where they intend to use it to wipe out Washington D.C. and possibly the entire East Coast. As the jet approaches the U. S., engineer Dennis Cahill Oliver Platt designs a plan in which a military plane will be able to transfer U.S. soldiers onto the 747 and regain control of the plane and its deadly cargo. However, when Travis dies in the course of the mission, intelligence agent Dr. David Grant Kurt Russell is forced to take his place alongside explosives expert Cappy Joe Morton, commando Rat John Leguizamo, and stewardess-turned-anti-terrorist Jean Halle Berry. Executive Decision was the first directorial assignment for veteran film editor Stuart Baird; he cut the film as well.
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All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Inventive plot twists are the highlight of this action-thriller from screenwriter brothers Jim Thomas and John Thomas of Predator and longtime film editor-turned-director Stuart Baird. A running time that stretches on far too long for such thin material, wooden acting from some of the performers (notably Marla Maples in her screen debut), and occasionally laughable dialogue keep the film from achieving must-see status. Baird and his scribes have created a serviceable and tense popcorn picture, though, one likely to be enjoyed by the lowest common denominator at which it's squarely aimed. Though Steven Seagal leaves something to be desired as a performer as per usual, his is stunt casting. The rest of the cast is perfectly acceptable, led by Kurt Russell in the role that James Spader played opposite him in Stargate, a film that Executive Decision resembles to no small extent. Though some of the story developments don't hold much logical water, this is a film that crackles along on its own loopy energy, to be enjoyed with brain securely switched in the "off" position.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/1999
  • UPC: 085391726739
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kurt Russell Dr. David Grant
Halle Berry Jean
John Leguizamo Rat
Steven Seagal Lt. Col. Austin Travis
Oliver Platt Dennis Cahill
Joe Morton Cappy
David Suchet Nagi
B.D. Wong Louie
Len Cariou Secretary of Defense Charles White
Whip Hubley Baker
Andreas Katsulas Jaffa
Mary Ellen Trainor Allison
J.T. Walsh Senator Mavros
Paul Collins Nelson
Nicholas Pryor Secretary of State Jack Douglas
Stanley Grover General Price
Eugene Roche Admiral Lewis
Ken Jenkins General Wood
Charles Hallahan General Sarlow
Dey Young Gail
Richard Riehle Air Marshal
Robert Apisa Demou
Ray Baker 747 Captain
Michael Milhoan 747 First Officer
Marianne Muellerleile Diabetic Woman
Brad Blaisdell Beckings Institute Aide
John Rixey Moore Flight Instructor
Warren Munson American Ambassador
Lance August American Embassy Duty Officer
Maggie Egan CNN Reporter
James Victor Spider
Tim Kelleher Bulldog
Paul Bollen Fire Fighter
Nick Jameson London Maitre 'D
Juan Fernandez London Bomber
Todd Jeffries Collins
Joe Cook Chechen
Joseph Makkar Arab Co-pilot
John Hardy Helicopter Pilot
Shaun Toub Terrorist
Don Fischer Remora Pilot
Marla Maples stewardess
Jay Tavare Nabill
Technical Credits
Stuart Baird Director, Editor
Pete Antico Stunts
Don Burgess Cinematographer
William Cruse Art Director
Peter Donen Special Effects Supervisor
Karyn Fields Co-producer
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer, Songwriter
Clark King Sound/Sound Designer
Dennis Liddiard Makeup
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Terence Marsh Production Designer
Grant McCune Special Effects
Steve Perry Executive Producer
Dallas Puett Editor
Cathy Sandrich Casting
Joel Silver Producer
Denis L. Stewart Asst. Director
John Thomas Executive Producer
Jim Thomas Executive Producer, Screenwriter
John Thomas Screenwriter
Alex Thomson Cinematographer
Frank J. Urioste Editor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a great all around film

    There are a lot of things that I liked about this film. One- Kurt Russell- one of my favorite actors. Two- Steven Seagal- In his only co-starring role I know of, he did a good job and his character really surprised me. Three- Halle Berry- 'nuff said. Four- Joel Silver- finally makes an intelligent action film. After all the Lethal Weapons and Fair Games, finally an intelligent action film. Don't get me wrong, I loved most of his other films, but they do lack a certain amount of sophistication.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic Movie!

    this movie was amazing. the story line is great, and the whole movie was so realistic.

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