In order to foil a terrorist plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.
Communist Radicals hijack Air Force One with The U.S. President and his family on board. The Vice President negotiates from Washington D.C., while the President, a Veteran, fights to rescue the hostages on board.
Stanley Goodspeed, who lives in Washington, D.C., is a biochemist who works for the F.B.I. Soon after his fiancée Carla Pestalozzi announces that she is pregnant, Stanley gets a call from F.B.I. Director James Womack. Womack tells Stanley that San Francisco's Alcatraz Island has been taken hostage, along with eighty-one tourists, by Marine General Francis Xavier Hummel who, for years, has been protesting the government's refusal to pay benefits to families of war veterans who died during covert military operations. The death of his wife Barbara on March 9, 1995 drove General Hummel over the edge, and now he's holding hostages in order to get his point across. Stanley is needed because General Hummel has stolen some VX gas warheads and has announced that he will launch them onto San Francisco unless his demands are met. Stanley knows how to disarm the bombs, but he needs someone who knows Alcatraz well enough to get him inside. That man is former British Intelligence Agent John Patrick...Written by
Nicolas Cage signed on to this movie initially just to work with the producing team of Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. He felt their movies had a "timely" sensibility about them. See more »
(at around 1h 50 mins) Mason and Goodspeed peer through a slot in the wall that is open when Goodspeed looks at it, but closed when he motions for Mason to look. See more »
Congressman Weaver and esteemed members of the Special Armed Services Committee, I come before you to protest a grave injustice... It has to stop.
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There is quite a bit of alternate footage on the airline version. Such as: Hummel holding and pointing his gun at Mason's head. In the theatrical version, his gun forearm is being steadied by his other forearm as he says, "That was a bad move, soldier". In the airline version, he is holding his weapon with both hands, and dialogue is inflected with a more threatening tone. He is made to be more threatening by alternate takes of dialogue, as seen in his takeover of Alcatraz from Ranger Bob and his ransom demands. There is also some alternate footage when Goodspeed is disassembling the first rocket. Also, some of the soldiers' frantic voice-overs in the beginning have been removed; the "Rube Goldberg" sequence that introduces Goodspeed has been removed. The airline viewer's first introduction to Goodspeed is the Sarin Gas incident. Some of this alternate footage appears in the TBS TV version in the United States. See more »
Fantastically made. Undoubtedly one of the best action films in the last 20 years, Bruckheimer had a fantastic effect on this as his oh so loud impact fashioned this movie into what it is, quite possibly one of the finest in its' genre. Connery puts in a sturdy performance as does Cage but the show is stolen by the one and only Edd harris. His commanding performance carried the movie through small snippets where boredom may have set in, his emotion in the delivery of his lines left nothing to be desired and the role seemed so fitting for such a man, although his height was comic in comparison with the other marines.
All round great film with good acting with just the right amount of comic relief when it was most required. thumbs up fellas
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