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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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Sound Mix:

| | (8 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was called "Les Ailes de l'Enfer" (The Wings of Hell) in France. "Con" in French is a slang word for a vagina and, as in most languages, is also used as a (very strong) derogatory epithet. See more »


(at around 1h) When Larkin runs into the hangar in search of a plane or chopper, Malloy's Corvette is visible behind him through the open gate, covered with a blue tarp. Once Larkin is out and considers using the Corvette, the tarp is gone. 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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Referenced in The General's Daughter: Behind the Secrets (1999) See more »


Carolina In The Morning
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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The ultimate guy movie!
30 July 2003 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Macho's in a non-stop action movie with lot's of explosions. This is ladies and gentlemen; the ultimate guy movie.

The movie is filled with crazy over the top characters such as Pinball, Johnny-23, The Marietta Mangler and Sally-can't-dance. It has some of the best casting in a movie I have ever seen. The actors are all simply perfect for their roles. Especially John Malkovich and Steve Buscemi are excellent as always and their characters are the best of the movie even though Buscemi's character wasn't really needed at all. The introduction of the prisoners at the beginning of the movie is completely over the top but I love it! It possibly is one of my favorite scene's in cinema history when we first meet Cyrus the Virus and Diamond Dog, the music really sets the mood in that scene.

Of course the story is not important, it's all about explosions, shootings, fist fights and everything in between. But dislike other action movies "Con Air" actually has a story that I like, even though it's completely over the top. Although I think that the movie might had been better of without the Poe's family scene's and storyline, even though I still sort of like the emotional scene's between them. Also I think that Nicholas Cage is a bit too much of a good guy in the movie, not only does he help his friend on board, he even finds time to try and save all the cops their lives and that of the bunny present for his daughter.

A good thing is the excellent soundtrack by Trevor Rabin and Mark Mancina that gives the movie an extra 'cool' feeling.

One little point of critic is that the editing isn't always great. But I can live with that...

Perfect entertainment in a crazy over the top non-stop action movie! There are better action movies out there but not much.


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