• Publication date: August 10, 2011

Nowhere To Call Home � Except An Airport The Terminal: Life Is Waiting

Viktor Navorski, a man from the fictional country of Krakozhia, presumably located somewhere in the Eastern Bloc. His father, a jazz enthusiast, had a lifelong dream of obtaining the autographs of 57 American musicians in a picture he owned.

Viktor Navorski, a man from the fictional country of Krakozhia, presumably located somewhere in the Eastern Bloc. His father, a jazz enthusiast, had a lifelong dream of obtaining the autographs of 57 American musicians in a picture he owned.

Over the course of 40 years his father collected all except one; after his death, Viktor vowed to obtain the final autograph in memoriam of his dad. While flying from Krakozhia to America however the country underwent a revolution, and was no longer recognized by the United States.

Because of that, his passport is invalid; additionally, all flights to Krakozhia were halted, and he had no way of returning home even if he wanted to.

Since Viktor had committed no crime, authorities could not force him out of the airport or arrest him; in fact, he was not legally able to leave the boarding area of the airport.

To purchase food Viktor returns abandoned luggage carts and performs odd jobs. This was much to the chagrin of airport security officer Frank Dixon who despised the foreigner�s presence.

Strangely, and despite his lack of proficiency in English, Viktor earned the admiration of the beautiful Amelia Warren, a flight attendant who regularly transits through the airport.

With her help he might realize his dream after all, and perhaps find the love of his life. Naturally, however, things are rarely so straightforward.

The movie is based on the true story of Mehran Karimi Nasseri, who was originally from Iran, and birthed by a Scottish woman with a Persian father, Mehran ended up stranded in a French airport for 18 years.

Exiled from Iran, and granted political asylum in the United Kingdom, his identification papers were stolen in transit from France to England. Once in England, immigration forced him to return to France.

Since Mehran was unable to return to Iran in fear of political persecution, he made the French airport terminal his home. He became a regular face, accepted by employees as their friend.

�The Terminal� earned more than $219 million worldwide. Its soundtrack was composed by longtime Spielberg collaborator John Williams, whose resume includes classics like �Schindler's List� (1993), �E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial� (1982), Jurassic Park (1993), and Jaws (1975).

This movie is rated PG-13 for brief language and drug references.

Year: 2004

Runtime: 128 mins

Genre: Comedy/ Drama/ Romance

Starring:

Tom Hanks

Catherine Zeta-Jones

Stanley Tucci

Chi McBride

Zoe Saldana

Barry Shabaka Henley

Diego Luna

Directed by: Steven Spielberg