Air Force One
President James Marshall
- The dead remember our indifference; the dead remember our silence. I came here tonight to be congratulated. But today, when I visited the Red Cross camps, overwhelmed by the flood of refugees fleeing the horror of Kazakhstan, I realize I don't deserve to be congratulated. None of us do. The truth is we acted too late. Only when our own national security was threatened did we act. Radek's regime murdered over 200,000 men, women and children and we watched it on TV. We let it happen. People were being slaughtered for over a year and we issued economic sanctions and hid behind the rhetoric of diplomacy. How dare we? The dead remembered: real peace is not just the absence of conflict, it's the presence of justice. And tonight I come to you with a pledge to change America's policy. Never again will I allow our political self-interest to deter us from doing what we know to be morally right. Atrocity and terror are not political weapons, and to those who would use them, your day is over. We will never negotiate. We will no longer tolerate and we will no longer be afraid. It's your turn to be afraid.
- How far away are those MIGs? [Suddenly Kazakh Mig-29 fighters gain radar lock on Air Force One] Never mind.
- [to a subdued Korshunov] Get off my plane!
- When you talk to the President, you might remind him that I am holding his wife, his daughter, his chief of staff, his national security advisor, his classified papers, AND his baseball glove!
- More time. [shoots National Security Advisor] Your national security advisor has just been executed. He's a very good negotiator. He bought you another half-hour.
- [mocking Vice-President Kathryn Bennett] The president is safe - but then you must know that. He ran from here like a whipped dog! I'm sure you can't wait for him to get back to making the decisions so you can stop... sweating... through that silk blouse of yours!
- Air Force General: [After hearing the president ordering them to fire on Air Force One] My God! Is he saying what I think he's saying?
- Vice-President Kathryn Bennett: If we're going to act, we have to act now.
- Defense Secretary Walter Dean: It's too risky.
- Bennett: The president is up there with a gun to his head!
- General Northwood: He's asking us to do that to Air Force One?
- Bennett: He's not asking. Your commander-in-chief has issued a direct order. Do it!
- Vice-President Kathryn Bennett: What are your intentions?
- Ivan Korshunov: What arrogance to think you could ever understand my intentions.
- Bennett: I want to understand what it is that you want.
- Korshunov: What do I want...When Mother Russia becomes one great nation again, when the capitalists are dragged from the Kremlin and shot in the street, when our enemies run and hide in fear at the mention of our name, and when America begs our forgiveness...on that great day of deliverance, you will know what I want.
- Ivan Korshunov: I understand Air Force One is able to refuel in midair. Well, we need fuel and we need it now.
- Vice-President Kathryn Bennett: I'm sure we can come to some kind of arrangement. If you land the plane, we'll trade fuel for hostages.
- Korshunov: This is bullshit! It's simple physics. Without fuel, the plane crashes, everybody dies!
- Bennett: We're trying to do everything that we can-
- Korshunov: [Angrily] Tell me what I want to hear or I will execute a member of the senior staff and continue killing one hostage every minute until the plane crash or refueling plane arrive! [Calmly] Well, what do you say?
- Bennett: Fuel's on its way.
- Korshunov: [Politely] Thank you.
- F-15 Pilot: Sir, pull up! You've got one on your tail.
- President James Marshall: Get him off my tail!
- F-15 Pilot: Missile away. Air Force One, break left and climb!
- Major Caldwell: Sir, we've lost countermeasures!
- F-15 Pilot: This is Halo-2. They've lost countermeasures. I'm going in. [Takes the missile for Air Force One]
- [President Marshall is stunned about Agent Gibbs killing his men]
- President James Marshall: I trusted you with my life!
- Secret Service Agent Gibbs: So will the next president! [gestures about safety line] Now give it to me!
- Impenetrable. Invincible. In Trouble.
- The fate of a nation rests on the courage of one man.
- The most important man, the surest airplane, the most dangerous hijackers...
- Harrison Ford is the President of the United States
- Harrison Ford - President James Marshall
- Gary Oldman - Ivan Korshunov
- Glenn Close - Vice-President Kathryn Bennett
- Bill Smitrovich - General Northwood
- Wendy Crewson - First Lady Grace Marshall
- Liesel Matthews - First Daughter Alice Marshall
- Paul Guilfoyle - Chief of Staff Lloyd 'Shep' Shepherd
- Xander Berkeley - Secret Service Agent Gibbs
- William H. Macy - Major Caldwell
- Dean Stockwell - Defense Secretary Walter Dean
- Tom Everett - National Security Advisor Jack Doherty
- Jürgen Prochnow - General Ivan Radek
- Donna Bullock - Deputy Press Secretary Melanie Mitchell