Terminal Velocity (film)

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Terminal Velocity
Film poster
Directed by Deran Sarafian
Produced by David Twohy
Ted Field
Robert W. Cort
Written by David Twohy
Starring Charlie Sheen
Nastassja Kinski
James Gandolfini
Christopher McDonald
Music by Joel McNeely
Cinematography Oliver Wood
Edited by Frank J. Urioste
Distributed by Buena Vista Pictures
Release dates
  • September 23, 1994 (1994-09-23)
Running time
102 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $50 million
Box office $16,478,900 (USA)[1]

Terminal Velocity is a 1994 action film starring Charlie Sheen as a daredevil skydiver who becomes mixed up with Russian spies. It was written by David Twohy and directed by Deran Sarafian. The film co-stars Nastassja Kinski, James Gandolfini and Christopher McDonald.

Originally, Sheen's role was written for Tom Cruise, although Michael Douglas and William Baldwin were also considered. The script itself sold for US $500,000. The musical score was composed by Joel McNeely.


A Boeing 747 lands in the middle of a desert. A young Russian woman is tortured by getting dunked in the aquarium of her apartment until she drowns and is left by her two assailants in the shower stall. Skydiving instructor Richard 'Ditch' Brodie (Charlie Sheen) takes on a new client, Chris Morrow (Nastassja Kinski), who on her first jump does not open her parachute and apparently dies.

Brodie discovers that Morrow faked her death and that she is really a Russian spy trying to recover a shipment of gold. Brodie uses all of his skydiving skills to outwit the villains and to stay alive.



The final stunt – with Sheen at the wheel of a Cadillac Allanté falling to earth – was a mixture of bluescreen and camera work, as a real car was suspended beneath a helicopter and then a reverse zoom made it seem as if it were in free-fall.

Portions of the film were shot in Palm Springs, California.[2]:168–71 Other filming locations were Alabama Hills (Lone Pine, California); a windfarm near Tehachapi, California; Douglas, Arizona; Flagstaff, Arizona; Little Colorado River Canyon, Arizona; Moscow, Russia; Phoenix, Arizona; San Bernardino, California and Tucson, Arizona.[3]


The film was panned by critics, and currently has a 17% positive scale on Rotten Tomatoes based on 23 reviews.[4][5]

The movie debuted at No. 2 at the box office behind Timecop.[6] It eventually made $16.4 million in ticket sales, making it a box office flop compared to its $50 million budget.


  1. ^ Terminal Velocity at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Niemann, Greg (2006). Palm Springs Legends: creation of a desert oasis. San Diego, CA: Sunbelt Publications. p. 286. ISBN 978-0-932653-74-1. OCLC 61211290.  (here for Table of Contents)
  3. ^ www.imdb.com Filming Locations
  4. ^ "Terminal Velocity". Entertainment Weekly. 1994-10-07. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  5. ^ "Terminal Velocity". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 
  6. ^ "`Timecop' Puts Brakes On `Velocity'". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-11-02. 

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