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(1997)

Trivia

In reference to the credit "In Memory of Phil Swartz", Phil Swartz was an effects specialist who was killed during the making of this movie, when a rigged plane fell and crushed him.
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John Cusack dislikes this film so much that he refuses to be interviewed about it.
Dave Chappelle improvised most of his lines.
John Malkovich was unhappy during production because the script was being rewritten virtually every day and he had no idea how his character was going to turn out.
The song "How Do I Live" was nominated for both an Oscar as Best Original Song and a Razzie as Worst Original Song. It did not win either award.
(at around 1h 29 mins) While "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd is playing in the background, Garland Greene (Steve Buscemi) says: "Define irony: a bunch of idiots dancing around on a plane to a song made famous by a band that died in a plane crash." On October 20, 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane crashed. It was the model Convair 240.
Nicolas Cage traveled to Alabama to "perfect" his accent.
(at around 1h 35 mins) The Las Vegas scenes were filmed at the legendary Sands Hotel immediately prior to its demolition in late 1996. When the production team heard about the city's intentions to raze the historic landmark, they immediately scheduled a multiple camera setup to take advantage of the rare event, which is what you actually see in the movie.
Colm Meaney's key chain has a Star Trek Communicator ornament on it, a reference to his role as Chief Miles O'Brien on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993).
The sight of the planes flying in low formation over the Strip during filming caused a number of Las Vegans to call the police.
The Jailbird airplane used during flight scenes in the film had a series of owners, both military and private. It was sold on December 2003 to All West Freight Inc. in Delta Junction, Alaska. On August 1, 2010, it crashed into Mount Healy within Denali National Park in Alaska killing all three fight crew.
The movie was inspired by a newspaper article about a plane that transports convicts.
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.
During set ups, Nicolas Cage lifted weights off camera to maintain the physique he had already attained for the film. Entertainment Tonight filmed a report on the film during filming and caught Cage working out between takes.
The dead cons Benson, Karls and Popovich are named after second assistant cameraman Garrett Benson, first assistant cameraman Johnny Karls and key grip J. Michael Popovich.
In an alternate version shown on ABC, an extended scene of Malloy's tirade after learning that fellow DEA Agent Simms was killed is featured. Malloy went on to explain how he met Simms early in his career and explained the motivation to shoot the plane down with no questions asked.
Don Simpson reportedly hated the film's concept; when he and Jerry Bruckheimer ended their longtime producing partnership, Simpson was happy to relinquish any ties to the film, while Bruckheimer got the green light from BV to begin filming for a summer 1997 release. The film was therefore unaffected by Simpson's death in January 1996.
In the trailer for this movie, the flying scene where the 2 AH-1 Cobras escort Jailbird 1 during their landing in the Las Vegas strip included the dialog "Where are they going to land this thing?" spoken by one of the Cobra pilots, and the response by John Cusack's character: "How about the blackjack tables". Neither dialog was included in the final cut.
This is the first film that Jerry Bruckheimer produced without the late Don Simpson. The new Jerry Bruckheimer Films logo was featured for the very first time in front of this film.
Arnold Schwarzeneggger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Kurt Russell, Jean Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Dolph Lundgren, Johnny Depp, William Baldwin, Stephen Baldwin, Keanu Reeves, Brad Pitt, and Tom Cruise were considered for the part of Cameron Poe.
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The writer Jonathan Hensleigh did a uncredited re-write on the script.
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.
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Composer Mark Mancina had to leave the project in the middle of scoring it due to scheduling conflicts with Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) which was slated to open at the same time as this film in June 1997. Trevor Rabin, who was already on board working closely with Mancina co-writing some music shortly before Mancina left completed the score on his own. They do share co-composing credit.
The Jailbird C-123 used during the filming of the taxi scenes is now on display at Wendover Airfield which is also used to film the scenes of Lerner Airfield.
Robert Downey Jr., Charlie Sheen and Matthew Broderick were considered for the part of Vince Larkin.
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Gary Oldman was the first choice to play Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom. Tim Robbins, Ed Harris, William Hurt, Michael Madsen, John Travolta, Kevin Bacon, Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, George Clooney, Richard Dreyfuss, Michael Douglas, Rutger Hauer, Peter Weller, James Gandolfini, Tom Sizemore, Ron Perlman, Sean Penn and Mickey Rourke were also considered.
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"Put the bunny back in the box" is the most repeated line from the film.
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The real Con Air is a 727 jetliner.
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Danny Trejo and Mykelti Williamson both previously appeared in Heat (1995).
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(at around 9 mins) The names and signatures on Cameron Poe's parole form are of assistant property masters Randy Gunter and Stan Cockerell.
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Tim Roth was the first choice for the part of Garland 'The Marietta Mangler' Greene.
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The American theatrical trailer for this film was narrated by Hal Douglas.
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A film with almost the exact opposite title was released in the same year: Cop Land (1997).
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Cyrus says the line '' this is no way to treat a national tresure'' nicolas cage would later star in the film national tresure 2004 and its sequel national tresure book of secrets 2007
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The scene where they stop in Carson City, is totally exaggerated, the city has never had sand storms.
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In 3 unrelated movies: Forrest Gump (1994), Con Air (1997), and The Purge: Election Year (2016), Mykelti Williamson's character befriends the hero, gets shot in the stomach, and has one last conversation with the hero before dying or getting hauled away in an ambulance.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

After the fire truck chase sequence at the end, Cyrus "The Virus" would have been killed instantly when the ladder hit the small bridge according to a technical advisor on the film. He would have at the very least been unconscious when his head was subsequently smashed.
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Body Count: 43.

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