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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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Tim Roth was the first choice for the part of Garland 'The Marietta Mangler' Greene. See more »


(at around 37 mins) The "transponder" removed from the Con Air aircraft is actually just a remote control head as evidenced by the large, multi-contact connector on the back of it. Even if it were the transponder, it would not operate on a single lantern battery, nor would it operate without an antenna. Having two operating transponders in an aircraft (the Grand Canyon Tours aircraft) would result in a collision alarm at Air Traffic Control since the radar would see two aircraft in the same place. Transponders are "Secondary Surveillance Radar". The Primary Surveillance Radar would still see the Con Air Plane take-off and notice that it didn't have a transponder signal. 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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Crazy Credits

In Memory of PHIL SWARTZ See more »


References Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) See more »


Carolina In The Morning
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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User Reviews

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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