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Porno Star
05-22-04, 09:18 PM
There's a movie coming in June called 'The Terminal' starring Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg. I heard a rumor that there really was a guy who lived in JFK airport for like 10 years cause he couldn't come into the United States nor go back to his own country. Is this true? Is this movie based on a true story?

atari2600
05-22-04, 09:21 PM
i read that as well. i think its true.

shimmoril
05-22-04, 09:22 PM
Yes.

Ranger
05-22-04, 09:23 PM
Boy, that sounds like one lame movie. :)

muggins
05-22-04, 09:25 PM
There is a guy in question at the Paris airport:

http://www.snopes.com/travel/airline/airport.htm

NotThatGuy
05-22-04, 09:27 PM
JFK?

I thought it was some french airport. And it wasn't 10 years..it was 6-7? He was also offered safe passaged to the country...but he didn't want to leave the airport.

-pedagogue

fumanstan
05-22-04, 09:47 PM
There's a decently long thread about this film from a few weeks ago discussing the true story.

jaeufraser
05-22-04, 09:47 PM
It's loosely based on an Iranian guy stuck in a French airport. Granted the movie just takes the basic concept and develops its own story from that idea, it's not a retelling of his story. Just an offshoot based on what happened to him.

FiveO
05-22-04, 09:48 PM
It says at the bottom of the snopes story that the movie is loosely based on his story.

OldBoy
05-22-04, 11:19 PM
this is absolutely a true story...he can leave at anytime, but simply doesn't want to. He is $250,000 richer for selling his story and thus financially secure. There is also an interview in the current Premiere magazine that details his story a bit, but attests to his being secure in his decisions and comfortable with keeping put in his little outpost at the airport.

POWERBOMB
05-23-04, 12:24 AM
Who in their right mind is going to see a film with Tom Hanks where he is stranded in one location for the majority of the movie?


:)

atari2600
05-23-04, 04:46 PM
so the guy CAN leave but stilll lives there? where does he live? does he eat in the food court every day? whats the point in being financial secure if you live in a freaking airport?

Jay G.
05-24-04, 06:33 AM
Originally posted by atari2600
so the guy CAN leave but stilll lives there? where does he live? does he eat in the food court every day? whats the point in being financial secure if you live in a freaking airport?

If you read the previously linked article, you'll find out the answers to your questions.

What I find interesting is that the article mentions that his story has already been made into a French film:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108359/

So not only is The Terminal based on a true story, it's also a remake.

Giantrobo
05-24-04, 06:52 AM
Originally posted by POWERBOMB
Who in their right mind is going to see a film with Tom Hanks where he is stranded in one location for the majority of the movie?


:)


...and with that MILF Catherine Zeta Jones.

;)