The Terminal, 2004

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Released on June 18 204, the Steven Spielberg directed movie, The Terminal, is a major motion picture staring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The premise of the movie is that Tom Hanks’ character, Viktor Navorski, an awkward but humble and earnest man from the fictional country of Krakozhia, arrives via plane in New York City. However, while in flight Krakozhia breaks out in civil war, which means the United States does not officially recognize his passport and cannot legally allow him to leave the airport and enter the U.S. Much to the chagrin of airport officials Viktor decides to live in the Terminal and wait until he can legally leave. Long story short (love interest skipped over) it is revealed that Viktor came to the United States to complete a promise he made to his recently deceased father: get jazz saxophonist Benny Golsons signature in order to complete his fathers collection of autographs of from the Great Day in Harlem photo. Viktor’s father had been collecting the signature of every jazz musician in the photo, but died before he could get Benny Golson’s. The movie ends with Viktor arrive at a jazz club in New York City where Benny Golson is performing (playing his tune “Killer Joe”) in a smoky, dimly lit bar with a thin crowd. The Terminal grossed 219.4million at the box-office.

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