January 4, 2015

I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.
Nelson Mandela

"I hope you're not letting yourself be influenced by the guns these pocket-edition desperadoes are waving around, because I've practiced taking guns from these boys before; so we'll have no trouble there."
Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart), The Maltese Falcon (1941)

You can lead a boy to college but you can't make him think.
Elbert Hubbard

Air Force One (1997) (part 4 of 7)
  • Harrison Ford went before the MPAA and appealed to have the movie re-rated to PG-13, but they refused. The attempt was apparently inspired by the successful appeal to re-rate Clear and Present Danger (1994), also starring Ford.
  • The usual Air Force One is one of two modified Boeing 747-200s. To represent it, the filmmakers rented and repainted a Boeing 747-146, which had originally belonged to Japan Air Lines, from the cargo carrier American International Airways (AIA). The paint job cost $300,000. The 747s pilot, Paul Bishop, also came from AIA. See also the goofs entry.
  • On the DVD commentary for the movie, director Wolfgang Petersen noted that he likely would not have made the film after the 9/11 attacks. The film features hijackers who seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he (an ex-soldier) works from hiding to defeat them.
  • On the DVD commentary if Harrison Ford did not want to play the lead role then Arnold Schwarzenegger, Keanu Reeves and Dennis Quaid would be the other choices to play the lead role. Others considered include Tom Hanks, John Malkovich and Tommy Lee Jones

  • Some people pay a compliment as if they expected a receipt.
    Kin Hubbard

  • A "criticaster" is an incompetent, inferior critic.
  • Ekistics is the science of human settlements, including city or community planning and design.
  • A greenish facial tint has long been associated with illness, as suggested by the phrase "green around the gills." As a person who is very envious is considered by many folks to be unwell, these people have been described as "green (or sick) with envy."

  • How can you catch a unique rabbit?

    The one who invented the door knocker got a No-bell prize.

    "He (Leo Durocher) had the ability of taking a bad situation and making it immediately worse."

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