”The Terminal” is a summer movie we can’t wait to see
RELEASE DATE June 18
WHY WE CAN’T WAIT The last time Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and coscreenwriter Jeff Nathanson got stranded in an airport, they gave us ”Catch Me if You Can.”
THE PREMISE Hanks (above right) is an Eastern European visitor in New York City when a coup wipes his country off the map, invalidating his passport and stranding him at JFK, where he takes up residence. Easing the pain and absurdity of his exile is a romance with a lovely flight attendant (Catherine Zeta-Jones, above left).
SOURCE The real-life plight of Iranian exile Merhan Karimi Nasseri, stranded in customs limbo, who’s reportedly been living at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport since 1988.
THE BACK STORY Spielberg built his own airport terminal in an aircraft hangar in Palmdale, Calif. It’s the second-largest set of his career, dwarfed only by the UFO landing strip he built for ”Close Encounters.”
BURNING QUESTION Spielberg is traditionally weak when it comes to adult romance (one of his few tries was 1989’s lackluster ”Always”) – can Hanks and Zeta-Jones muster enough chemistry to propel the love story?
COME FOR Another Oscar-baiting performance by Hanks
STAY FOR Spielberg’s whimsy – who else, after 9/11, could make airports seem fun again?