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Turbulence is a 1997 action thriller film directed by Robert Butler and stars Ray Liotta and Lauren Holly and was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

It was also released in the United Statesmarker on January 10, 1997.


After Ryan Weaver (Liotta) is arrested for a murder that he says he did not commit, he must be transported back to Los Angeles escorted by 4 air marshals on a commercial Boeing 747. Because it is Christmas Eve, the plane is nearly empty, only 8 people are on board. During the flight, Stubbs (Gleeson), a prisoner being escorted, breaks free and manages to begin a shoot out with the marshals. Amidst the chaos, both the pilot and the co-pilot are killed. Weaver also manages to break free and attempts to save the last remaining marshal but fails when both Stubbs and the marshal are shot dead. Weaver appears to be horrified by the entire ordeal, increasing the passengers' trust in him. Because of the death of the pilots, Teri Halloran (Holly) makes her way into the cockpit and learns she is the only one left capable of keeping the plane from crashing. To make matters worse, the plane is heading for a category 6 storm. Meanwhile, Weaver's behavior becomes increasingly erratic until he finally locks the passengers in the crew cabin and strangles one of the other flight attendants, Maggie, to death. His motives become clear after a phone call with the detective who arrested him. Weaver attempts to coax Halloran into leaving the cockpit, intending to kill her and crash the plane into LA. After Halloran leaves the cockpit to search for Maggie the murdered flight attendant, she learns Weaver's motives and manages to get back to the cockpit. Being the only hope for the planes survival, she must be instructed on how to land the plane. Halloran's first landing attempt is unsuccessful, with the plane skimming an office building and a car park due to Weaver's meddling with the flight controls. She then must turn the plane around and leave LA airspace. Halloran begs LAX not to have her shot down as a result of her failed first attempt and convinces them that she can land the plane. At this point, Weaver, at the peak of his madness, breaks into the cockpit and tries to murder Halloran one final time. Halloran, desperately clinging onto life, spies one of the marshals guns which she uses to kill Weaver. She returns to the cockpit and safely lands the plane. Despite Weaver's boasts that he killed them all, the passengers are found alive.


Critical Reception

The film was received poorly as per the site rotten tomatoes. It gave it a rating of 18% with 3 fresh and 14 rotten out of 17 reviews. The average rating was 3.3 out of 10.

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