The Terminal

Template:Infobox Movie The Terminal (2004) is a movie about a man trapped in an airport terminal when he is denied entry into the United States, but cannot return to his country of origin due to a revolution. Directed by Steven Spielberg it features Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci and Chi McBride. The screenplay was written by Sacha Gervasi and Jeff Nathanson, and based on a story by Andrew Niccol and Gervasi.

Some have noted that it appears to be inspired by the story of Merhan Karimi Nasseri, an Iranian refugee who has lived in Terminal One of Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris, France since 1988, when his refugee papers were stolen. However, no public materials, the DVD "special features" or the film's website ever mention Nasseri's plight as an inspiration for the film. In fact, the DVD implies that the story was so "incredible" that it leaves the viewer with the impression that the story was solely a result of the screenwriters' imagination. Another movie made in 1993, Tombés du ciel has a similar theme and is set in Paris airport.


Plot details

Tom Hanks plays Viktor Navorski, a man from the fictional country of Krakozhia. While Viktor is on the plane to New York City, his country's government is overthrown and his passport is invalidated, leaving him stranded in John F. Kennedy International Airport. Over the next 9 months, Viktor is forced to live in the terminal building, unable either to set foot into the United States or to go home. He befriends the staff at the terminal, including airline stewardess Amelia Warren, whilst being under the watchful eye of Immigration Officer Frank Dixon, who wants the "Navorski problem" removed from the airport.

One day, Viktor explains to Amelia that the purpose of his visit to New York City is to collect an autograph of the jazz tenor saxophonist Benny Golson. His father, who has passed away, was a jazz enthusiast. He had discovered the "Great Day in Harlem" photograph in a Hungarian newspaper in 1958 and had written to all the people featured on the photograph, asking them for an autograph. All of them had replied, except Benny Golson. Viktor wants to collect this last one to fulfil his father's dream.

The next day, the news reports that the war in Krakozhia is over, and Viktor's passport is validated. Following his release from the airport, Viktor takes a taxi to the Ramada Inn, 161 Lexington Avenue, in New York, where Benny Golson is performing. He attends the show, collects the autograph and heads back to the airport.

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