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Con Air (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  6 June 1997 (USA)
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Newly paroled ex-con and former US Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Bedlam
Casey Poe
Vince Larkin


Cameron Poe, a highly decorated United States Army Ranger, came home to Alabama to his wife, Tricia, only to run into a few drunken regulars where Tricia works. Cameron unknowingly kills one of the drunks and is sent to a federal penitentiary for involuntary manslaughter for seven years. Cameron becomes eligible for parole and can now go home to his wife and daughter. Unfortunately, Cameron has to share a prison airplane with some of the country's most dangerous criminals, who took control of the plane and are now planning to escape the country. Cameron has to find a way to stop them while playing along. Meanwhile, United States Marshal Vincent Larkin is trying to help Cameron get free and stop the criminals, including Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom. Written by John Wiggins

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 June 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Air bagnards  »

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Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,131,738 (USA) (6 June 1997)


$101,087,161 (USA) (3 October 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Poe, Nicolas Cage's character would have been held by police until MP's (military police) were able to take him into custody, assuming he hadn't retired, he could have been subjected to a military court if the civilian court refused to try him. See more »


Repeated several times through the movie, you can see the camera and light screens reflected - this is mainly present during the close-ups of the actors in the police/military helicopters. See more »


[first lines]
Officer at Leaving Ceremony: Army Rangers have a proud history. Since the 1700s, Rangers have led the way in every major confrontation in which the United States has been involved. You men are a credit to that fine heritage, and I'm sorry to see you go. But you've served your country well, and you've displayed the ability to fight on to the Ranger objective and complete its mission, never leaving behind a fallen comrade no matter what the odds or the enemy. I thank you. America thanks you. And I wish you luck ...
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Classic one-liners and non-stop action!!!
17 February 2000 | by (Camino, California) – See all my reviews

Not only was Con Air the best movie of 1997, it is an all time pleaser. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, and laughing the whole time. With non stop action and hundreds of classic one-liners, this movie just can't lose. A must see for people of all ages and genders!!!!

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