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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 ... Ramon 'Sally-Can't Dance' Martinez (as Renoly)
John Malkovich ... Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom
Ving Rhames ... Diamond Dog
Dave Chappelle ... Pinball
Rachel Ticotin ... Guard Sally Bishop
Steve Eastin ... Guard Falzon
Steve Buscemi ... Garland 'The Marietta Mangler' 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:

They were deadly on the ground. Now they have wings. 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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Trivia

The film is dedicated to Phil Swartz, an effects specialist who died during filming, when a rigged plane fell and crushed him. See more »

Goofs

When Malloy plants the gun on the DEA agent he places the gun in the sock of his left leg, however when the DEA agent reveals himself on the "conair" plane, he draws the gun from the sock of his right foot. But there's a significant time gap between when Sims gets on the plane and when Pinball releases him from his cuffs to reach for the gun, and during the chaos that ensued on the plane he might have switched the gun to his right to make it more easily accessible, 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

The TV version also includes a scene during the opening credits where Nicolas Cage is in prison writing letters to his daughter. It shows a prison riot, and Cage's diabetic friend saves him from the burning cell. The theatrical version only shows a quick shot of mattresses and such on fire in the prison hallway. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: How the Test Was Won (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme From 'A Summer Place'
(instrumental)
Written by Max Steiner
Performed by Percy Faith and His Orchestra
Conducted by Percy Faith
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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 CykSee 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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