Steven Spielberg's 2004 masterpiece, The Terminal often and unfortunately gets overlooked but the movie is a wonderful, feel-good movie with some incredible performances. Tom Hanks plays Viktor Navorski who becomes trapped in New York City's JFK International Airport terminal when he is denied entry into the United States and at the same time cannot return to his native country due to a revolution. He adjusts to life inside the airport and inspires everyone around him. With a wonderful soundtrack by John Williams, it's a movie that should be given more appreciation. Here's ten facts about the movie to whet your appetite.
1 - The story is based on a real person.
2 - E.T. reference was cut from the filmSteven Spielberg cut a line from the film where Navorski gets help using a phone card and says, "Home phone, home phone!" Spielberg cut this because he didn't want comparisons to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and the famous lines "Phone home."
3 - The airport in the movie is based on a real airportThe airport set built for the film is based on Düsseldorf International Airport.
Everything functioned in the set as in real life. There was real food, ice cream and coffee in the appropriate outlets. The escalators were purchased from a department store that had gone bankrupt. Each of the outlets featured in the concourse building was actually sponsored by the real company.
4 - Everything worked on the set just like a real airport
5 - The exterior shots were from another airportMost exterior shots and those featuring actual aircraft were shot at Montréal–Mirabel International Airport
6 - Viktor Navorski's country in the movie doesn't really existKrakozhia is a fictional country, created for the film, that closely resembles a former Soviet Republic or Eastern Bloc state.
7 - The movie made a good profitAccording to Box Office Mojo, the movie's production budget was $60 million. The Terminal made a total of $219 million from US and worldwide box office takings.
9 - There were two endings shotThe film was shot with two endings. The original version of the film, previewed in Orange, California on 26 May 2004, had the other ending, in which Catherine Zeta-Jones's character Amelia goes into Manhattan with Viktor. The changes to the film caused the start date of Steven Spielberg's next film Munich (2005) to be pushed back a number of weeks, which meant that Ben Kingsley could no longer appear in it, due to his commitment to appear in Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist (2005).
10 - John Williams had Miff Moles TromboneIn an interview for the DVD, John Williams reveals his prior knowledge of the now familiar photo of
the jazz players that Viktor has in the peanut tin. Williams also reveals that one of the musicians in that picture is Miff Mole, a famous trombone player and that Williams owned his actual instrument. It was given to John Williams' father then given to him as a youngster.
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