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Terminal Velocity (1994)

Charlie Sheen , Nastassja Kinski , Deran Sarafian  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Charlie Sheen, Nastassja Kinski, James Gandolfini, Christopher McDonald, Gary Bullock
  • Directors: Deran Sarafian
  • Writers: David Twohy
  • Producers: David Twohy, Dean O'Brien, Joan Bradshaw, Robert W. Cort, Ron Booth
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 1999
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000G3MI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,407 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Terminal Velocity" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Charlie Sheen (THE THREE MUSKETEERS, YOUNG GUNS) delivers fast-paced excitement to this high-flying action-adventure! Sheen stars as Ditch Brodie, a daredevil skydiving instructor who falls hard when a sexy, mysterious beauty (Natassja Kinski) walks through his door looking for a lesson -- and apparently plunges to her death during a parachute jump! Suddenly, Sheen finds himself hurled headlong into a nightmare world of intrigue and deceit -- caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the Russian mafia! With pulse-pounding suspense and sensational skydiving, high-speed adventure doesn't move any faster than TERMINAL VELOCITY.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great action February 12, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a great action-mystery movie. The plot takes some twists and turns and grabs your attention. The stunts keep you on the edge of your seat. I really liked this movie a lot. I recommended it to some friends and they enjoyed it too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Fun, Fun!!! November 14, 2000
Format:DVD
(no, not the Beach Boys song) ... Here I go again (no, not the Whitesnake song) defending certain Hollywood actors ... I *like* Charlie Sheen and I like him in this movie ...
Here Charlie plays his I'm-just-an-ordinary-guy-caught-up-in-this-thing yet again, and while it's not "Platoon", it's midway between that and "Hot Shots". Kinski is good and there's a pristine white Dodge Challenger here that meets an unfortunate end (I *hope* they used a double for the car!) ... Sheen has to "borrow" a beautiful yellow Corvette to catch the bad guys (at least he has style) ... And a Cadillac Allante' that takes flying lessons ...
Sheen is a skydiver down on his luck who accidently lands at what he thinks is a bachelorette party only to find out it's for children ... The Russian mafia wants to steal gold and eliminates anybody in their way ... there's a Chuck-Yeager-lookin' barnstormer pilot who helps Charlie catch the Russians in mid-air ...
The story will keep you guessing for a bit ... and I think Charlie *wants* his character to struggle ... he starts to put it together so he's not a total airhead here ... but he's *supposed* to be confused ... that's part of the story ... ummm, if he figured it out right off the movie would be over in 15 minutes, right? ...
"Drop Zone" is a skydiving flick too, and who can't help but like Yancy Butler? The story is a little more complex there, but it's a bit of a stretch too in places ... I have both movies and I like both movies ... I'd recommend both ...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking Avant Garde Ending July 17, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I last saw this film when it first came out in theatres. It left a powerful impression in my mind that has haunted me for years now. I speak, of course, about the daringly experimental and enigmatic conclusion to this film, which is really the only part I remember. The whole film, the protagonists are trying to stop Russians (the antagonists) from reaching somewhere in a colossal aircraft with bombs or something. At the climax of the movie, they are forced to jump from this aircraft. Through some air craftiness of their own, the protagonists survive to continue fighting on the ground with russians that have, for some reason, parachuted after them. After throwing the bad guys into windmills (yeah you know, the ones that move at about four miles per hour) and watching them be cut to shreds, they give each other five. Then it cuts to the ceremony where they're receiving medals for their bravery in outwitting the Russians. This may sound like a typical hollywood ending but oh do look closer. Because the climactic battle took place on the ground, the commie aircraft was never stopped. Unless the people that parachuted after them were the entire rest of the aircraft'd crew, it arrived safely at its destination. So, upon close inspection, it becomes clear that the award ceremony at the desneumont of the film is ironic. Little do the characters in the film realize that they have, in all actuality, lost the "war" and that they're about to be bombed by russians or something simply because they forgot about the aircraft! As you might expect, this incredibly subtle and powerful satire was over the heads of most viewers. It even somehow escaped Leonard Maltin's review and Leonard Maltin is a particular brilliant man in my opinion. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Entertaining Action Movie May 5, 2009
Format:DVD
This was a generally fun film that is considered an action movie, and rightly so, but has its share of good comedy, too. Charlie Sheen showed he was well on his way to being successful playing comedic roles, as he's doing on television right now.

Nastassja Kinski plays the typical new young macho-female role that introduced on screen in the past generation in which females beat up males. Give me a break! Anyway, I still liked her. James Gandolfini was the best of the villains, and also demonstrated how he was about ready to hit the big time, which he did on TV with The Sopranos. Christopher McDonald was another villain in here but was stupid, not fun to watch. He was angry all the time and his bleached hair looked ludicrous.

There are a couple of outrageous action scenes in this film, most notably when an automobile with Sheen and Kinski still in it is dropped from an airplane! Yes, to enjoy this film don't take any of it seriously! It's simply fast-paced entertainment. For that, it gets a good rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
TERMINAL VELOCITY, released in 1994, is a movie that has aged

extremely well, except maybe for the KGB and end-of-Cold War

mood that was reminiscent of the era after the Berlin Wall

fell, and a new era was unveiled in the former one-party USSR.

The thrill and action aspects of this film, are as good as any

that the best Bond 007 movies had to offer, no doubt.

The 5.1 audio is phenomenal, as are the crisp, crystal clear

digital sequences on the DVD release.

Probably, it will mostly be the below 21 viewers who will

especially appreciate the extensive aerodrome and airplane

settings and sequences, considering that airplanes, even today

in 2007, are still somewhat exotic, as almost nobody has a

pilot's license, or has a parachute jumping training, for that

matter.

For the movie to show Charlie Sheen and Nastassja Kinski at

their best, in those sequences, brings a valuable commodity to

the finished product, which is its entire dream-like

atmosphere. This is what makes believable the otherwise

impossible turn of events, that favor the 2 protagonists against

failure, and against all odds, at each turn and moment during

the course of the movie.

The musical score is also exceptional, for a movie of this

genre, and is a pleasure througout the 90 minutes.

A last note, is the presence of James Gandolfini, early in his

career, presented as a "bad guy" obviously, yet ... this actor,

despite his later similar role in the Sopranos, is perhaps not

that much of a natural as a bad guy - this being one person's

opinion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Sheen Again
Charlie Sheen doing what is always awesome in any movie including Point Break. Has and 80s feel to even though 1994
Published 25 days ago by Umizoomi fan
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this movie
This movie went well. It moves along with cleverness and suspense and comedy. International mobsters and patriotism and murder and romance and action and great filming and great... Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated action movie
Terminal Velocity is curiously one of the best b-movie of the 90's. Hitchcockian suspens, with a twist of action, spies, comedy and insane stunts. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Ok it's a bit cheezy... but if you are a skydiver you will appreciate the clichés. It's one of the few feature movies centered on jumping.
Published 5 months ago by Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Terminal velocity
I really Like this movie it was not just funny to me but it really was action packed. I always thought that jumping out of a plane would be fun but the movie seemed so realistic... Read more
Published 7 months ago by stoneyloc
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun To Watch
Terminal Velocity is such a cliche. But it's entertaining and engaging. A lot of action and great stunts, and in spite more recent stupidity, Charlie sells the part.
Published 7 months ago by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Flick
Enjoyable film. It has a good plot and plenty of action. There are several twists to the film that help keep it fun.
Published 9 months ago by Dr. Mac
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I liked this movie, is was both action and some adventure. I would order it again, if I lost the one I ordred.
Published 13 months ago by Thomas Rodgers
5.0 out of 5 stars SKYDIVES INTO YOUR LIVING ROOM!!
If you like action movies or have ever walked out of a perfectly good airplane with a parachute on your back (I have), you're going to love this action thriller starring Charlie... Read more
Published 14 months ago by thomas kleaton
3.0 out of 5 stars For the Memories
Not a bad movie. Got it for the memories and for the kids to see. They liked it
which is no surprise. Charlie Sheen does good in movies.
Published 14 months ago by Charles A. Crosby
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