Saturday Blockbuster: The Terminal
Saturday February 20th at 8.30pm
Cast: Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta Jones
Director: Steven Spielberg
Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks), a visitor to New York from a small country in Eastern Europe, finds himself stranded at the airport when a coup in his homeland leaves him without a valid passport or visa. Stranded at John F Kennedy International Airport with a passport from nowhere, he is unauthorised to enter the United States and must wait out his days and nights in the terminal's international transit lounge until the war in his homeland is over.
As the weeks and months stretch on, Viktor finds the compact universe of the terminal to be a richly complex world of absurdity, generosity, ambition, amusement, status, serendipity and even romance with a beautiful flight attendant named Amelia (Catherine Zeta-Jones). But Viktor has long worn out his welcome with airport official Frank Dixon (Stanley Tucci), who considers him to be a bureaucratic glitch - a problem he cannot control but desperately wants to erase.
Director and Producer of the Terminal, Steven Spielberg, was
interested in and felt challenged by the human comedy of the story.
"After Catch Me If You Can, I wanted to do another movie that could
make you laugh and cry and feel good about the world," he says. "I
wanted to do something else that could make us smile. This is a
time when we need to smile more, and Hollywood movies are supposed
to do that for people in difficult times."
He continues, "Almost everybody has been stuck in an airport. I don't know anyone who hasn't spent longer sitting in an airport chair than on the airplane ride itself at some point. Airports have become small microcosms of society. There are places to eat, places to shop, places to meet people&"