Executive Decision

Synopsis: Terrorists take over a 747 bound from Athens to Washington D.C., supposedly to effect the release of their leader. Intelligence expert David Grant suspects another reason and convinces the military that the 'plane should not be allowed to enter U.S. airspace. An assault mission is devised, using a specially equipped 'plane designed for mid-air crew transfers, and Grant finds himself aboard the 747 with a team of military anti-terrorists who have to defuse a bomb and overpower the terrorists.
Director(s): Stuart Baird
Production: Warner Home Video
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
133 min

Are you all right?

Forget him. Clear the room!


It's empty.

Colonel Travis,

we've secured the building.

But. . . .

Collins took one, sir.

He's dead.

Clear to land. 2-Tango-Sierra.

Okay, so we're clear to land.

What else?

Eight-knot crosswind

from the right.

There's the interstate.

Runway 2-6.

And I got 2-6-0 on the D.G.


Coming out.


It's down and locked.

Anything else?

I don't know. What am I forgetting?


Just relax and fly the airplane.


Very nice touchdown, David.

Very smooth.

You've got this wired.

I don't know about that.

Stop here a second.

You are more than ready.

It's time to cut the umbilical cord.

-You sure about this?

-Come on.

I wouldn't let you go if I wasn't.

Quick, or I'll change my mind.

Solo time. Just remember:

Keep it simple. Stick and rudder.

Relax and fly the plane.

Take it easy.

God, why am I doing this?


It's happened!

According to informed sources...

...El-Sayed Jaffa, perhaps the most

feared terrorist in the world...

... was abducted yesterday...

... while secretly attending

his daughter's wedding.

He was handed over

to U. S. authorities...

...arrested, and taken to a warship

in the Mediterranean.

Wire service intel reports.

None of the casualities answer

our description of Hassan.

No indication

he was even there.

He was there.

You called this one right.

Half the Middle East is backing Cyprus,

if only in principle.

We wanted him and now we got him.

And all the baggage that goes with him.

Until this is resolved,

Jaffa will remain in U. S. custody...

...an inglorious end to 15 years

of world terrorism.

Oceanic Flight 343, Athens

to Washington...

...now boarding at gate 13.

Welcome aboard.

Third seat on the right.

Is that who I think it is?

In the flesh.

Roger, Athens, cleared as filed.

Would you like some champagne?

Here, let me help you.

There you go.

Stupid woman.

I'm sorry.

I didn't do it on purpose.

Have a pleasant flight.

Thank you for choosing Oceanic.

Flight attendants,

signal for departure.

Cabin crew, doors to automatic.

Here we go.

Excuse me, sir. May I help you?


Excuse me, sir.

Excuse me, sir.

May I help you?

Listen to the sound of AI Tha'r!

This is your captain.

You may remove your seat belts.

Feel free to move about the cabin.

However, when you're seated,

do what we do:

Leave your seats belt on.

I see you've got the usual load.

Who is it this time?

It's my brother's twins.

It's their birthday next week.

Have a pleasant flight. Thank you.

And. . . .


Go on. Open it.

Oh, Jeannie.

It's for the ring.

I'm going in the pit. See you.

All right.

What was that?!

Maintain your course.

Reduce your airspeed

as indicated.


I am a pilot.

American Embassy.

You've witnessed AI Tha 'r's conviction.

I have a message for the President.

I'm in control of flight 343.

Sit down!

Sit down! Sit! Sit!

Sit down! Nobody moves!


Quiet! Quiet!

Sit down!

Get up!

Take her.

Calm down!

It's over!

All right, it's over.

Excuse me, gentlemen.

You look like you could use this.

David Grant.

Michelle Thomas.

-You like hockey?

-Love it.

I've got two tickets--

Are you Dr. Grant?

You have an urgent phone call.

I'll be right back.

Come on!

Sit down! Sit! Sit!

Attention, everyone on board.

Listen carefully.

Remain in your seats

with your belts fastened.

Do as you're told. . .

. . .and there will be no need

for further violence.

Where's the passenger manifest?

Where's the passenger manifest?

I destroyed it.

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Jim Thomas

James E. "Jim" Thomas is a screenwriter based in California. With his brother John Thomas, he wrote and/or was substantially involved with the screenplays of several films - including Predator, The .. more…

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