Executive Decision

Warner Bros. / Silver Pictures Released 1996




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Stuart Baird

Executive Decision is a suspense thriller about a group of terrorists taking a plane loaded with nerve gas into the United States. Nagi Hassan and a group of Islamic hijackers take over a flight headed to Washington D.C. from Athens. Although they claim they want their leader released from prison as ransom for the 400 passengers aboard, intelligence agent Lt. Colonel Austin Travis suspects a darker plot and discovers enough lethal gas to wipe out the entire East Coast of the United States. The U.S. military engineers a possible solution to maneuver soldiers on to the plane with a high-tech jet and take back control of the aircraft. Onboard, covert intelligence officer David Grant  and stewardess Jean will have to help military operatives Cappy and Rat against a ruthless gang of terrorists in order to save the passengers and the American public.


Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's the kind of thriller where it's fun to chortle over the plot--a movie for people who are sophisticated enough to know how shameless the film is, but fun-loving enough to enjoy...

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    I think what I like most about Executive Decision is that director Baird constantly tries to top himself. A more experienced director would have ended the film a few crises earlier...

  • 63

    Philadelphia Inquirer Desmond Ryan

    Baird is a highly regarded editor of action films, and his debut as a director shows a sharp eye for the tensions and angles in individual scenes. But his grasp of pace is less cer...

Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell

Dr. David Grant

Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal

Lt. Colonel Austin Travis

David Suchet

David Suchet

Nagi Hassan

Halle Berry

Halle Berry

Jean, Flight Attendant

John Leguizamo

John Leguizamo


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    • Production Budget - $60,000,000
      Domestic Gross -  $56,569,216 (26th)
      Worldwide Gross - $121,969,216 (25th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $104,435,476
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $225,173,937

    • Filming location:
      Alverno High School, Sierra Madre, California
      Chino Airport, Chino, California
      Mobile, Alabama
      Mojave, California
      Norton Air Force Base, San Bernardino, California
      San Juan, Puerto Rico
      Warner Brothers Burbank Studios, Burbank, California

    • Taglines:
      1. Fasten your seat belts .
      2. Five miles above the earth, an elite team of six men must make an air to air transfer, in order to save 400 lives on board a 747... and 40 million below.

    • Music:
      It's Nice To Go Trav'ling
      Written by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen
      Performed by Frank Sinatra


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