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Fri Mar 19, 2021, 02:26 PM

Caught Air Force One on TV this morning.

Last edited Fri Mar 19, 2021, 03:42 PM - Edit history (1)

I'm sure many of you remember it.

It's a standard 90s action movie. Silly, not very thought provoking, but entertaining nonetheless. Typical summer popcorn flick. I saw it in the movies when it first came out.

Harrison Ford stars as the President whose titular plane gets hijacked by supporters of a Kazak dictator demanding his release from prison. Gary Oldman plays the leader of the hijackers.

The reason I bring this movie up today?

I had completely forgotten that Glenn Close played the Vice President who dutifully commands the situation on the ground from Washington.

Back in 1997, the idea of a female "Madam Vice President" was a novelty only dreamed about in the movies.

And now 24 years later, we can finally say it is a reality (along with a black President).

Anyways, that brought a nice smile to my face.

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Response to Tommy Carcetti (Original post)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 03:02 PM

1. It's a good action/adventure movie

The plot, of course, is pretty far-fetched but it's kind of compelling. Ford is his usual softie tough guy. Gary Oldman is outstanding. The ending, though predictable, is very satisfying.

A minor point: There isn't really an escape pod in the real plane. But it makes a great plot gimmick.

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Response to Tommy Carcetti (Original post)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 03:41 PM

2. Female vice president? Yes. But I doubt we'll see an action hero president soon.

 


"Gary Oldham plays the leader of the hijackers."

(The head bad guy was played by Gary Oldman.)

"Back in 1997, the idea of a female "Madam Vice President" was a novelty only dreamed about in the movies."

(In 1984, Walter Mondale ran for president with Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate. They lost to Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.)

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Response to Tommy Carcetti (Original post)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 04:21 PM

3. I voted for Barry Commoner in 1980, with Native American LaDonna Harris as his VP running mate.

Harris is a Native American with a huge and important resume. She and Commoner would have changed the course of our nation's history if they'd been elected

I knew they'd never make it, but I wanted to elevate their visibility, and figured voting for them would help with that.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaDonna_Harris

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Response to Tommy Carcetti (Original post)

Fri Mar 19, 2021, 04:24 PM

4. And she played that character well. She did not try to take over, but stayed as a keeper

if I remember it correctly.


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