In 2004, Steven Spielberg teamed up again with Tom Hanks for the needs of his new film “The Terminal”. With a plot taking place exclusively within the New York airport, one can only wonder if the main shots were taken within the confines of this terminal.
The terminal : an extraordinary story
In 1988, an Iranian traveler named Mehran Karimi Nasseri wanted to reach London in search of his mother. However, having neither a passport nor a United Nations refugee certificate, he then found himself stranded for 18 years in Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport. It was this incredible story that inspired Steven Spielberg to direct The terminal.
For this, he works again with actor Tom Hanks after We have to save the soldier Ryan and Stop me if you can. The film is also an opportunity for the director to reunite with composer John Williams and editor Michael Kahn, with whom he has regularly collaborated in the past.
The terminal therefore follows Viktor Navorski, an ordinary tourist who leaves Krakozia (a fictional country in Eastern Europe) to go to New York. Except that a few hours before his arrival at JFK airport, his country is the victim of a coup d’etat.
Having become stateless, he can neither return to his country nor leave the airport. He finds himself, therefore, stuck in terminal enclosuretrying somehow to find a solution to his situation.
Note that, 10 years before The terminal, a film had already been inspired by the story of Karim Nasser Miran. This is the French feature film fallen from the skyin which we could find the late Jean Rochefort.
While Steven Spielberg shot a few sequences at Montreal-Mirabel International Airport, the main filming location is actually the work of set designer Alex McDowell, who built a brand new airport terminal for the occasion.
Inspired by several major international airports, he thus surrounds himself with more than 200 craftsmen and workers in order to set up a building which borders on an area of approximately 20,000 square meters. In addition, an airfield, surrounding the vast majority of the decor, is painted with the aim of giving the impression of dealing with a real airport complex outside the building.
Note, finally, that to accentuate the realism of a real terminal enclosure, the film team called on many commercial brands to be present in this setting. Hence the presence of Burger King, for example in one of the best scenes of the film.
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The Terminal: was the film with Tom Hanks really shot in an airport? – CineSeries