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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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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They were deadly on the ground. Now they have wings. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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

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6 June 1997 (USA)  »

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$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$101,087,161 (USA) (3 October 1997)
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Robert Downey Jr., Charlie Sheen and Matthew Broderick were considered for the part of Vince Larkin. See more »

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At Lerner Airfield, the jet Francisco Cindino is trying to escape in is hit by a crane arm and then crashes into gas pumps and a small building, after it stops Francisco is trying to climb out of the back of the broken in half jet and gasoline is shooting out of the ground where the knocked over gas pumps were. Right then while Fransico is yelling for help and hanging out of the back of the jet, and Cyrus's and Swamp Thing's legs are to the left of screen, between Cyrus's left leg and Swamp Things right leg you can see a man very far off in the distance. He is wearing a white shirt, black pants and some kind of hat, he is running and carrying something red in his right hand that resembles a bag or maybe a bucket. There is no character in the movie that fits that description during the Lerner Airfield Scenes. Nor is there any character that could be off in the distance at that moment. So it's some kind of crew member or first responder. See more »

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