• Tue. Mar 28th, 2023

“The Terminal” is a heartwarming comedy-drama film directed by and released in 2004. The movie stars as Viktor Navorski, a traveler who becomes trapped in New York's JFK International Airport when his country is plunged into a civil war, rendering his passport invalid.


Navorski arrives in the United States and is denied entry into the country due to a political conflict in his home country, Krakozhia. Unable to leave the airport or return home, he takes up residence in the terminal and creates a life for himself there. He befriends airport staff and other travelers, including a flight attendant named Amelia (). Meanwhile, he faces obstacles from a stern airport official () who wants him gone.


“The Terminal” is a charming and uplifting film that showcases ' acting talent and Spielberg's directorial skills. The story is entertaining and heartwarming, with themes of human connection, perseverance, and the power of hope. Hanks gives a stellar performance as Navorski, bringing both humor and depth to his character. The supporting cast also shines, particularly Tucci as the antagonist and Zeta-Jones as Navorski's love interest.

The film's production design and cinematography are also noteworthy, as the majority of the movie takes place within the airport terminal. The use of real airport locations, including JFK International Airport, adds authenticity to the film and creates a sense of confinement and isolation that enhances the story's themes.


“The Terminal” received generally positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success, grossing over $219 million worldwide. However, it did not receive any major award nominations or wins.

Overall, “The Terminal” is a feel-good movie that showcases the resilience and adaptability of the human spirit. It is an enjoyable and heartwarming story that will leave viewers feeling uplifted and inspired.

Directed by
Produced by Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald,
Screenplay by Sacha Gervasi, Jeff Nathanson
Story by Andrew Niccol Sacha Gervasi
Starring , , , , , ,
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Janusz Kamiński
Edited by Michael Kahn
Amblin Entertainment Parkes/MacDonald Productions
Distributed by DreamWorks Pictures
Release date June 18, 2004
Running time 128 minutes
Country United States
Languages English, Bulgarian
Budget $60 million
Box office $219.4 million

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