The Terminal

The Terminal (2004)

19 corrected entries

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Viktor is asked to translate for a Russian man, he's talking total nonsense. Still the Russian "understands" him and "answers" the questions. There's no way he could ever do so in real life- the words Viktor says do not exist and the way he says them- I guess the Russian would better understand the officers standing around, rather than Viktor.

Correction: My wife is Russian. The words Viktor speaks, although horribly accented, are real Russian words. He does not translate word for word what the Russian speaks, and the translation does not match the subtitles. Nevertheless, they are speaking Russian, just not very well.

Corrected entry: Aircrew do not linger around transit lounges. They have their own access to the aircraft. They also do not go through the same immigration check as passengers.

Correction: This is not true, I recently took a few flights at three different airports and at two of them I saw Pilots and stewardesses going through the transit lounges.

Corrected entry: The scene towards the end of the movie when Viktor's flight to Krakozhia appears on the Departures board is incorrect. Since Krakozhia is a country, it wouldn't appear, it should have the city the flight is arriving in.

Correction: Since Krakozhia is a fictional country, the capital might well share the name - just like Luxembourg or San Marino.

Corrected entry: At the end of the film, Viktor gets in the cab and the driver asks him where he wants to go. Viktor replies "I'm going home". How does the driver know where to go?

Correction: There is a short time as the camera zooms out from the cab when we cannot hear what is said. The cabbie had enough time to ask Viktor where exactly to go.

Corrected entry: When Viktor is told he cannot leave the airport he is given a bunch of giftcards and coupons. The chief security guard tells Viktor he is giving him a $15 phone card to use as well. In the next scene, he is then being pushed out of an executive lounge while trying to watch TV. While the doors are closing there is a clear shot of the phone card which reads "$10".

Correction: The officer says that it is a 15 minute phone card, not a $15 dollar one.

moviemogul

Corrected entry: When the police officers ask Dixon if he wants to arrest Viktor, he says that the 5:00 pm flight from Tokyo has just arrived. It's New York during in the winter, but it is sunny outside at 5:00pm.

Dr Wilson

Correction: The five pm flight from Tokyo would have LEFT Tokyo at 5pm. I don't know much about flight times and such, but it could really get there when its sunny.

SexyIrishLeprechaun

The airborne duration between Tokyo to JFK typically ranges from 12.5 to 13 hours, assuming it is a direct flight (otherwise Dixon's words wouldn't make sense). A 5:00 pm (GMT+9) departed flight would probably arrive in JFK (GMT-5, winter time) at from 3:30 to 4:00 pm. Moreover, It is a common knowledge that east-bound trans-pacific flights tend to be a few minutes earlier because of the wind. In reality, the Tokyo flight should have landed in JFK way before 5:00 pm (if it departed at 5:00 pm in Tokyo) or slightly before 5:00 pm (if it was scheduled to land at 5:00 pm). It is still daytime at 5:00 pm. When Viktor arrived in JFK and was brought to Dixon's office, green leaves out of the window, which suggests that Viktor arrived in JFK in late April or early May (NOTE: which I thought is actually a movie mistake, as the green leaves can be seen to have just started to turn yellow, which indicates September instead of suggested late Spring). We all know that Viktor stayed in the terminal for 9 months, which makes his walking out of the terminal sometime in late January to early February. The sunset (i.e. when you start to sense it is getting dark) time in New York during that period of the year starts earliest at right past 5:00 pm, with complete darkness arrives only at 6:30. The movie is actually particularly accurate on this point.

Correction: The airborne duration between Tokyo to JFK typically ranges from 12.5 to 13 hours, assuming it is a direct flight (otherwise Dixon's words wouldn't make sense). A 5:00 pm (GMT+9) departed flight would probably arrive in JFK (GMT-5, winter time) at from 3:30 to 4:00 pm. Moreover, It is a common knowledge that east-bound trans-pacific flights tend to be a few minutes earlier because of the wind. In reality, the Tokyo flight should have landed in JFK way before 5:00 pm (if it departed at 5:00 pm in Tokyo) or slightly before 5:00 pm (if it was scheduled to land at 5:00 pm). It is still daytime at 5:00 pm. When Viktor arrived in JFK and was brought to Dixon's office, green leaves out of the window, which suggests that Viktor arrived in JFK in late April or early May (NOTE: which I thought is actually a movie mistake, as the green leaves can be seen to have just started to turn yellow, which indicates September instead of suggested late Spring). We all know that Viktor stayed in the terminal for 9 months, which makes his walking out of the terminal sometime in late January to early February. The sunset (i.e. when you start to sense it is getting dark) time in New York during that period of the year starts earliest at right past 5:00 pm, with complete darkness arrives only at 6:30. The movie is actually particularly accurate on this point.

Corrected entry: Viktor is asked to interpret for that Russian man and yet nobody ever thinks of finding an interpreter for Viktor? If he had been in an obscure airport in the middle of nowhere it would be understandable, but this is New York, where virtually every language on the planet is spoken.

Correction: You hear Stanley Tucci's character say that an interpreter won't be available for an hour. He is trying to get rid of Viktor quickly and just figured he could get away with simple language.

Nick N.

Corrected entry: When Victor is running up the steps, he throws his bag over the railing onto the escalator. When he does this, the tag is facing away from him. He goes and watches the T.V. for a while. When they change the shot to the suitcase coming up the escalators, the tag is now opposite of what it was when it was coming up the escalator.

Correction: It's very possible and even more likely that other people on the escalator moved the suitcase so they could pass.

Al

Corrected entry: When Viktor is eating crackers with ketchup/mustard/mayo, he puts a "sandwich" together and gets ready to take a bite. In this shot, there are three crackers in the "sandwich" and mustard on the top. When the shot changes to show Dixon standing there, there are five crackers in the "sandwich" and no mustard on the top cracker.

Correction: It's pretty visible that he puts 4 crackers and mustard on top at first and it's exactly the same at the wide shot with Dixon.

Anastasios Anastasatos

Corrected entry: When the guys are playing for Cher's panties, Enrique Cruz doesn't deal Gupta in the hand.

Al

Correction: Yes he does. Watch Enrique when he deals. He deals four hands on the table in front of him. He deals Gupta in, he just doesn't deal the cards on the table in front of Gupta.

Corrected entry: The CBP (Customs and Border Protection) has no responsibility over visa and travel documents. That responsibility falls under the USCIS (Citizenship and Immigration Services) jurisdiction not the CBP. (00:05:00)

Correction: CBP is the first contact travellers make when in the US and all travel documents must be shown to them. CBP only sends travellers to Immigration if there is a problem with documents or a question about their citizenship. CBP does check all documents, and will stamp visas etc if required. They have as much responsibility for documents as Immigration, and in fact, can turn a passenger away from the US if they don't feel the traveller has a reason to enter the US.

Corrected entry: At the romantic dinner, Viktor's coworker lights the candle with one hand. In the next shot his other arm is extended to steady the lighter. (01:24:25)

Phoenix

Correction: Actually, he uses his right hand to light both candles and his left to steady it.

EMTurbo

Corrected entry: In the scene where Viktor has just gotten to the lounge and is looking at the T.Vs, he rushes up the escalator and drops his suitcase in the escalator going down. Later, it shows him turning back and his suitcase comes up from the escalator.

Correction: He tosses his suitcase to the escalator on the right, which is traveling upwards. Other people can also be seen riding the same escalator upwards, during that same time.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Gupta is outside, the weather is fine. On the other side of the terminal when Viktor walks outside, there is a snow storm.

Correction: You can see that there is blowing snow when Gupta is heading for the plane though it is not as strong as the storm is when Viktor leaves.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Viktor is with the food transporter in the kitchen, a camera standing on a column is visible above him.

Correction: The kitchen is equipped with security cameras. No mistake here.

Phoenix

Corrected entry: Near the beginning, Viktor does everything to turn up the volume on a set of TVs. He passed some TVs where the volume was already up. He had no reason to leave them, and also he could have just returned to the audible ones.

Correction: He leaves the audible ones because they changed channels or subjects, while he wanted to follow the news about Krakhozia.

Zaphod Beeblebrox

Corrected entry: Victor takes out a picture of Jazz musicians that he says his father saw in a magazine in 1958. I have seen a poster version of that same picture, and it says "Harlem Jazz Portrait 1959" across the bottom.

Correction: "A Day in Harlem" by Art Kane is actually from 1958.

Corrected entry: Towards the end of the film, Victor walks out of the airport and gets in a cab, which takes him to New York City. How can he afford a cab when he couldn't even afford a Starbucks or Burger King earlier on in the film?

Correction: He didn't have any money because the money from his homeland was invalid. Therefore, at the end when his country reinstates itself, he would be able to convert his money to American money. Also, he got a job, remember? He was on nearly 20 bucks an hour, more then the controller.

Corrected entry: Viktor arrives at the airport from what must be another country (connecting flight), since he is the only one of his countrymen stranded in the airport. Yet when he leaves there is a flight to his country.

Kenneth Brown Premium member

Correction: It is very plausible that Viktor had a connecting flight even if there are direct flights from his country to and from New York. Perhaps the particular city Viktor lived in does not have direct flights to JFK, or maybe the airfare was cheaper on a different airline that included a connecting flight. Furthermore, flight schedules are changed all the time, so a flight to his country could have been added even if there wasn't one earlier.

Continuity mistake: When everybody in the airport is saying goodbye to Viktor before he steps into New York, one shot shows Dolores and Enrique with their arms around each other. But in the next shot, Dolores is walking towards Enrique and then they put their arms around each other. (01:55:00)

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Joe Mulroy: You better be careful. You know those flight attendants ain't like regular women, Viktor. They're flying back and forth between all those time-zones kinda messes with their biological clock or something. Always ready for sex. Why do you think they can't stop smiling?

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Trivia: The girl with the suitcase that Viktor tries to help is Steven Spielberg's daughter Sasha.

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