The Depiction of Terrorists in Blockbuster Hollywood Films, 1980-2001: An Analytical Study

The Depiction of Terrorists in Blockbuster Hollywood Films, 1980-2001: An Analytical Study

By: Helena Vanhala (author)Paperback

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This book examines how American foreign policy and economic interests influenced the portrayal of international terrorism in Hollywood blockbuster films from the time of the Iran hostage crisis to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Part I defines modern international terrorism and how it relates to the United States, its news media, and its film industry. Part II covers depictions of terrorism during the waning Cold War, including films like ""Commando"" and ""Iron Eagle"". Part III covers the Hollywood terrorist after the Cold War, including European terrorists in the ""Die Hard"" franchise, ""Passenger 57"", ""Patriot Games"", ""Blown Away"", ""The Jackal and Ronin""; fundamentalist Islamic terrorists in ""True Lies"" and ""Executive Decision""; the return of the communist threat in ""Air Force One""; and 9/11 foreshadowing in ""The Siege"".

About Author

Helena Vanhala is an associate professor of media arts at Robert Morris University. She is a former freelance journalist, originally from Finland, and now living in Pittsburgh.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780786436620
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 363
  • ID: 9780786436620
  • ISBN10: 078643662X

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