Victor Navorski (Tom Hanks) has flown into JFK with just a briefcase, can of peanuts and passport from his former Soviet country which has suddenly been overthrown by separatists. Unable to process his application without a recognised country, airport manager Frank Dixon (Stanley Dixon) has no choice but to keep him detained inside the airport. When the days turn into months, Victor slowly makes friends with other airport staff and even develops a crush on stewardess Amelia Warren (Catherine Zeta-Jones) when their paths cross from time to time.
Our Rating: 6/10 - very slow, but the ending is decent
Contributed By: Jordan Taylor
Tagline: Life is waiting.
- Country: USA
- Language: English | French | Russian | Bulgarian | Spanish
- Runtime: 28
- Budget: $60,000,000
- Revenue: $77,872,883
- Production: DreamWorks SKG
Victor acts as a translator to help an angry Russian passenger who is attempting to take medicine out the US to help his dying father, but doesn't have the correct forms - and in doing so earns respect from all airport staff, while turning Dixon against him.
With the help of his friends, he arranges a candle-light meal with Amelia on an airport balcony, but she freaks out when she hears that he is living in the airport. He wins her over by revealing something he has been working on - a fountain, just like the one Napoleon commissioned for his true love. He also tells her what is inside the peanut jar - a load of autographs collected by his father over the years of a famour jazz band, but there is one missing, and his dad died before he could finish the collection.
Anyway Amelia's just a heart-breaker and chooses the married man she has been chasing over Victor. To be fair, she is way out of his league and it makes no sense why she would have been attracted to him in the first place - the movie tries to make Victor appear more like Borat than Brad Pitt.
Soon, war is over in his native country. He is able to enter the US but needs a signature from Dixon. Dixon refuses to sign it - and promises to fire his staff friends (and report the janitor to the authorities for a crime 30 years ago) if he doesn't take the next flight home. Victor gives in.
The Indian janitor feels guilty when he finds out, so charges towards a waiting plan causing delays - allowing Victor the time he needs to get to NYC and find the last signature.
The security chief blocks the exit - but offers his coat to Victor, who makes it out and gets in a taxi. He goes to the Ramada Inn to get his final signature, seals the peanut jar - and tells the cabbie he is ready to go home now.