An Eastern European visitor becomes a resident of a New York airport terminal when a war breaks out and erases his country from the map, voiding his passport. He makes friends with the airport staff and falls in love with a flight attendant. —IMDb
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood’s best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946. He went to California State University Long Beach, but dropped out to pursue his entertainment career. He gained notoriety as an uncredited assistant editor on the classic western “Wagon Train” (1957). Among his early directing efforts were Battle Squad (1961), which combined World War II footage with footage of an airplane on the ground that he makes you believe is moving. He also directed Escape to Nowhere (1961), which featured children as World War Two soldiers, including his sister Anne Spielberg, and The Last Gun (1959), a western. All of these were short films. The next couple of years, Spielberg directed a couple of movies that would… read more
While Steven Spielberg would tackle post-9/11 paranoia in a much darker way in 2005's WAR OF THE WORLDS, he explored it with a lighter touch in THE TERMINAL, a charming tale of a man stuck in a New York airport when his visa is invalidated by a military coup in his home country. Pokes gentle fun at American bureaucracies at a time of heightened fears, easing the pain with a lovely, humanistic touch.
Sure, this isn't a truly great (or even that good) of a film, but it made me feel really good and is pleasing throughout.