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Con Air (1997)

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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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Simon West

Writer:

Scott Rosenberg
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Colm Meaney ... Duncan Malloy
Mykelti Williamson ... 'Baby-O'
Nick Chinlund ... Billy Bedlam
Renoly Santiago ... Sally-Can't Dance (as Renoly)
John Malkovich ... Cyrus The Virus
Ving Rhames ... Diamond Dog
Dave Chappelle ... 'Pinball'
Rachel Ticotin ... Guard Sally Bishop
Steve Eastin ... Guard Falzon
Steve Buscemi ... Garland Greene
Danny Trejo ... 'Johnny-23'
M.C. Gainey ... Swamp Thing
Landry Allbright ... Casey Poe
John Cusack ... Vince Larkin
Monica Potter ... Tricia Poe
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Get Ready To Fly See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Con Air See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,131,738, 8 June 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$101,117,573

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$224,012,234
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Goofs

(at around 1h 40 mins) Most fire trucks, especially ladder trucks, cannot pump water and drive at the same time, as the power from the motor is disengaged from the transmission/driveshaft and diverted to the pump gearing. See more »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

Con Air was not cut by the BBFC, but the certificate was raised from a '15' at the cinema to an '18' on video, as it was felt that original decision was too lenient. However, there are reports of cuts to all home versions (including the US releases) so these must have been made by the US distributors. See more »


Soundtracks

He's Got the Whole World In His Hands
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by Steve Buscemi and Lauren Pratt
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Implausible Action, Mediocre Story, Some Good Acting, and Somewhat Entertaining
1 May 2015 | by RbDerajSee all my reviews

I will start off by saying that I found this movie entertaining despite its vast number of flaws. Stories of innocent wrongly convicted men always seem to interest me for some reason and this had a unique plot that hadn't been done before. The cast was very good, you can't get many more big names than that into one film. Steve Buscemi was perfect in his role of the psychotic yet likable serial killer. My complaints though are more than just a few. First off, the music throughout the entire movie was so out of place and quite comical at times. While I enjoyed the action much of it was completely implausible and most of it degraded into nonstop explosions. A lot of the dialogue seemed rushed in the beginning, and much of the latter was cheesy. Question: Has Nic Cage ever been to the South? I think not. He didn't make the accent believable whatsoever. He reminds me of Tom Hanks attempting to do the same thing, but they both end up sounding like people with slow mental ability. The scene in the end tried to leave the movie on a serious touching note, but it came off so awkwardly. I don't regret watching it but it isn't something that I'll probably ever watch again.


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