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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

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Taglines:

One wrong flight can ruin your whole day 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:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

Poe is in Federal custody, yet is releases on parole. In 1986, parole was discontinued in the Federal prison system, and inmates are required to complete at least 85% of their sentence before being released. Inmates sentenced prior to 1986 were grandfathered and were eligible for parole, but Poe was obviously sentenced after 1986. He would not have been eligible for parole. 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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Soundtracks

He's Got the Whole World In His Hands
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Traditional
Performed by Steve Buscemi and Lauren Pratt
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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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