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Newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. 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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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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Did You Know?


The sight of the planes flying in low formation over the Strip during filming caused a number of Las Vegans to call the police. See more »


When the car is in air hanging by the plane they both seems to have gone far away but when the car falls its very very close to the Larken and company. 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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In Memory of PHIL SWARTZ See more »


Referenced in The General's Daughter: Behind the Secrets (1999) See more »


He's Got the Whole World In His Hands
Performed by Steve Buscemi and Lauren Pratt
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User Reviews

Prisoners take over an airplane...and it's up to Cage and Cusack to save innocent lives...
28 April 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Here's my chance to defend my choice of this movie as my all time favorite. John Malkovich plays the ingenious leader of a group of cons who manage to take over a federal airplane during a prisoner transfer. Nic Cage is a good guy, a prisoner who's being flown out to be released. He's got to save the day, because his friend is on board, along with several innocent prison guards. Thwarted at every turn, John Cusack plays a federal marshal who sees Cage as his chance to save the innocent people on board. Jam-packed with one liners and various other lengthier bits of humor, this movie has it all: drama, action, love story, loyalty to friends, and honor. Steve Buscemi and David Chappelle have some of the funniest lines I've ever encountered in a movie and this is one that should be seen if for no other reason than to hear Buscemi explain what 'irony' is.

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