The government of Krakozie has just been overthrown and the country is plunged into a civil war. This serious event stops Viktor Navorski (Tom Hanks), a simple tourist, in the terminal of the John-Fitzgerald-Kennedy airport in New York. He then decided to move to one of its closed sections to live there until he could legally enter the territory. In order to survive, he will do several small jobs, and at the same time makes friends among the airport employees.
The terminal at New York’s JFK airport is actually a set built from scratch in a hangar at Palmdale Regional Airport in California. However, for the outdoor scenes, Steven Spielberg decided to use the Montreal-Mirabel airport. The scene where Gupta Rajan (Kumar Pallana) stops the plane on its way to Krakozie, or the one where Viktor finally gets out of the terminal to discover New York are actually shot in Montreal.
The Terminal was inspired by the real life story of Karim Nasser Miran, an Iranian refugee who settled in Terminal 1 of Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle airport in 1988. Following a trip to London, his passport and his United Nations refugee certificate were stolen. He was stripped of his nationality when he returned to Iran. He was later expelled from several European countries, forcing him to live in a terminal. In 2006, he left the airport.
The Terminal marks the third collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks after Saving Private Ryan and Catch Me If You Can.
Montréal-Mirabel International Airport
Montreal-Mirabel International Airport is a Canadian airport with no passengers since 2004.
At the end of the 1960s, the Canadian federal government decided to build a new airport to relieve the Dorval airport. It was chosen to become the future international airport.
The official inauguration took place on October 4, 1975.
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