The Terminal

The Terminal

  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Writer: Andrew Niccol,Sacha Gervasi,Jeff Nathanson
  • Countries of origin: United States
  • Language: English, Bulgarian, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, German, French
  • Release date: June 18, 2004
  • Runtime: 2h 8min
  • Sound mix: DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85 : 1
  • Also known as: Terminal
  • "The Terminal" is a 2004 film produced by DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. , directed by Stephen Steven Allan Spielberg . The main actors include Tom Hanks , Catherine Zeta-Jones , Stanley Tucci and Qi Mabeit. The script was adapted from a true story by Sasha Jevasi and Andrew M. Niccol . The film was released in the United States on June 18, 2004.
    The film tells the story of the protagonist during a coup d'etat in his hometown on his way to the United States, the government was overthrown, the documents he held were not recognized by the U.S. immigration authorities, he was refused entry but was unable to return to the country, and was forced to stay at John F. Kennedy International Airport . 


    • Release date June 18, 2004
    • Filming locations Palmdale Regional Airport, Palmdale, California, USA
    • Production companies Dreamworks Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Parkes/MacDonald Image Nation

    Box office


    $60,000,000 (estimated)

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    Movie reviews

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    • By Nannie 2022-04-23 07:01:10

      Tom Hanks tells us: Learn to wait

      Impressed by Tom's acting skills, telling the story of waiting, but it's all moving, with tears in laughter. The male protagonist is waiting, because the country is in turmoil, in order to fulfill his promise; the father is waiting, because he is interested, and does not forget the original intention of rock and roll; the female protagonist is waiting, although he keeps starting, but waiting to find a place to put his soul. Learning to wait is a topic worth learning for a lifetime. Anxious...

    • By Anne 2022-04-22 07:01:02

      Happiness has no end, happiness is always on the way

      On the first day of the new year, I was in a warm bed, watching the heart-warming "Happy Terminal", a film of 2 hours and 03 minutes. I forgot, and my throat was still sore. It is like a cup of hot coffee in winter, which warms the palms and hearts. . . It feels like a happy version of The Shawshank Redemption. In the face of adversity, what is needed is self-help.


            Some waits only take 1 minute, such as customs clearance; but if you do not have a valid visa, then this...

    • By Leta 2022-04-22 07:01:02

      I am going home.

      The opening film of the 2004 Venice Film Festival. The golden combination of Spielberg + Tom Hanks.
      Inspired by "the experience of Mehran, an Iranian refugee living at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport for nearly 18 years," the film portrays Viktor, a small man who is trapped in New York's JFK airport for nine months due to a sudden domestic coup. He is not good at English and clumsy, and is regarded as a thorn in the side of the airport supervisor; but he is optimistic, persistent, sincere...

    • By Doris 2022-04-22 07:01:02

      The power of promise! ! !

      I finally finished watching it, and it was done in one go. It’s cool, it’s even better than any blockbuster movie. And it's very rewarding, haha! Whether it is laughing fruit or human nature, they are all well portrayed, and there is no better story than this!
            After watching a wonderful movie, I always think about evaluating and appreciating it from a different perspective, but from the existing knowledge structure and understanding, I can’t escape this limitation, but I still try to...

    • By Frida 2022-04-22 07:01:02

      Happiness is an emotion, not obtained by asking "Are you happy?"

      A bizarre encounter, due to the political turmoil in his own country, he could not return to the country, and he could not step into the United States. Even though he was only separated from the paradise of the United States, he had to be trapped in the American airport because of his identity and was not allowed to step into the United States. land. With his hard work, studious, sincerity and kindness, he finally moved everyone at the airport. Everyone banded together to get him out of the...

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    • By Dandre 2022-11-04 15:57:11

      The films played by Hanks Shushu are so good. This movie is so heart-wrenching it makes me cry. Waiting does not necessarily have a happy ending. Feeling happy and complete is because of long-term obsession, not because of how good the result is. There is a sense of identity substitution. For example, from Manchuria to China, from the Soviet Union to the allied countries, from Yugoslavia to the allied countries, there are many coups in the world. It is terrible to be forced to stay at the...

    • By Berta 2022-10-11 16:10:09

      The Terminal, can actually be translated into "Happy Terminal", has this translator seen the movie? Or memorize more words, okay? ! ! This is what the terminal means. Having said that, I remembered that In Front of Class was translated as "I'm No. 1"! ! ! ! I just want to know who are the people who translate movie titles, and they can spread the translation of a wrong name all over the...

    • By Merl 2022-04-24 07:01:02

      Tom Hank's accent is terrific, and the story is very much in line with the three laws of scripting from the beginning. In the end, all the airport staff burst into tears when they said goodbye, but it was a pity that a complete love scene was not arranged. The story is full and the supporting characters are...

    • By Tiara 2022-04-24 07:01:02

      The script is very thoughtful, and the dialogue is simple but meaningful. Uncle Tom's acting is very mellow. All in all, a movie that makes you laugh and make you...

    • By Trevor 2022-04-24 07:01:02

      Light-hearted, romantic and inspirational, it has the same goal as Groundhog Day, where the latter is trapped in time, and this film is trapped in space. Individuals fight against the cold and rigid system, and win popular expectations with their tenacity, diligence, and compassion for trustworthiness (breaking through rules and restrictions). Some things with destiny cannot be obtained only by hard work, waiting, and fate, just like the faucet does not spray water, love will end in vain. The...

    Movie plot

    The story happened in the late 1980s. Victor Navorski was an Eastern European. In order to realize his father's wish, he decided to go to the United States and bought a plane ticket to the United States with simple luggage. When he got off the plane at the JFK Airport in New York at the terminal station to leave the airport, he was stopped. It turned out that there was a coup in his home country.
    This means that Victor's passport and ID...
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    Behind the scenes gags

    In the film, Victor's home country, Krakozhia, is completely fictitious, similar to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
    The flight schedules displayed on the airport information boards and monitors are all from JFK International Airport.
    Bernie Mack was unable to star in the film due to a conflict of....
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    Shooting background

    The film is adapted from a real story. In 1989, the Iranian exile Mean Karimi Nasseri got off the plane at the first terminal of Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France. However, since there were no refugee documents, the French authorities agreed to stay at the airport. But he was not allowed to leave the terminal building. Although Naseri received refugee documents in 1996 and was free to leave, he still did not want to leave.
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    Shooting process

    Due to strict security measures, the crew could not shoot in a real airport. Production designer Alex McDowell was responsible for the design and construction of a functional full-scale airport terminal. Almost all filming was done here. Towards the end of the main filming, the crew shot the scene at Mirabel Airport in Montreal, and United Airlines also provided a Boeing 747 for the key scene of the film.
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    Theater setup

    The airport in the film was built in a large hangar in California, and it took 200 craftsmen 20 weeks to complete it. The three-story building is an all-steel structure with a total of 60,000 square feet of granite floor. There are 4 electric escalators in the airport, and escalators are specially installed in the studio for filming.
    Since the airport to be built must have its due function, every drawing completed by the art department...
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    Unique discovery

    "Happiness Terminal" is Spielberg's use of such a theme to see through the social beings in the United States. In a sense, the waiting hall is a window to the United States. The main contradiction is that between Tom Hanks and the airport director. In a sense, this relationship and conflict is a contradiction and conflict between an outsider and the American bureaucracy. Tom Hanks came into contact with ordinary people at the airport,...
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    Movie quotes

    • Joe Mulroy: You better be careful. You know those flight attendants ain't like regular women, Viktor. They're flying back and forth between all those time-zones kinda messes with their biological clock or something. Always ready for sex. Why do you think they can't stop smiling?

    • Milodragovich: Goat! Medicine for goat.

    • [last lines]

      Cab Driver: Where you wanna go?

      Viktor Navorski: I am going home.