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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.


Simon West


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





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


Cameron Poe, a highly decorated Army Ranger, comes home to Alabama to his wife Tricia, only to run into a few drunken regulars at the bar where she works. Cameron accidentally kills one of the drunks, and is sent to a federal penitentiary for involuntary manslaughter for seven years. He 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 take 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 Vince Larkin is trying to help Cameron get free and stop the criminals, led by 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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Did You Know?


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. See more »


(at around 1h 13 mins) When Garland Greene removes the doll from the little girl's tea party, in the close up of the doll's head, he clearly uses his right hand to lift the doll, but when he sits down, he is holding it with his left hand. 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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Alternate Versions

The UK video release had the character "Sally Can't Dance" almost entirely edited out. For example, in the theatrical release, when Sally Can't Dance sees cops getting closer to the plane he squeals "Oooh, men in uniform!". This line of dialog is omitted from the UK video release. See more »


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21 May 2017 | by EthanBJones_03See all my reviews

Con Air was directed by Simon West and stars our lord and saviour Nicholas Cage, John Malkovich and John Cuasck. ​Just-paroled army ranger Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) is headed back to his wife (Monica Potter), but must fly home aboard a prison transport flight dubbed "Jailbird" with some of the worst criminals living. Along with Diamond Dog (Ving Rhames) and Baby-O (Mykelti Williamson), genius serial killer Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom (John Malkovich) unleashes a violent escape plot in mid-flight. Secretly working with U.S. Marshall Vince Larkin (John Cusack), Poe tries to foil Grissom's plan.

This movie can be genuinely summed up with the simple phrase 'PUT THE BUNNY BACK IN THE BOX'. Nothing more needs to be said but I took notes while watching so why not? All the acting was great in this movie, it has a cheesy, stupid story, dialogue straight from the word of God and absurd action. This movie is the best bad movie I've ever seen in my entire life. It shouldn't be as good as it is. I wholeheartedly recommend this movie; it's pure, unfiltered stupid fun and I beg of you to watch this movie at least one point in your life.

The story for this movie is so stupid, so cheesy, so ridiculous that it makes it better than Shawshank. A script can be so bad it's good and this movie proves that. If you watch this movie looking for a dark, gritty, realistic crime thriller then read the quote in the summary and rethink your mindset. It's so dumb and unrealistic but that is what makes it perfect. If I actually cared, the story would be awful but this movie is so fun that you shouldn't care.

Nicholas Cage was so cheesy in this movie and his accent is thicker than the 38th parallel. He knew EXACTLY what he was doing in this movie and relished in that fact. John Malkovich was amazing as Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom and is easily the best part of this movie. Cyrus is such a great villain; he's a pure psychopath and sociopath but has so much charisma that it's genuinely frightening but also amazing. John Cusack was good as Vince Larkin. Steve Buscemi was good as Garland Greene as was Danny Trejo as Johnny 23. Every actor in this movie did a good job and knew exactly what type of movie they were in. Every single inmate has a sickening degree of likability to them and was very memorable.

Technically, this movie was awful. The cinematography was awful and the editing was just sad. The effects were awful and the set design consisted of plane.

The action in this movie is absolutely absurd and that makes it so much better. It's stupid fun and doesn't work in any way but that is what makes it worse. This movie's primary goal is to provide a mental time and it does that to the nth degree.

Honestly, I could vote this movie for having the best dialogue in any movie ever, along with Face/Off and The Wicker Man'(Something convenient there don't think). The line 'PUT THE BUNNY BACK IN THE BOX' and 'MAKE A MOVE, AND THE BUNNY GETS IT' being two of the greatest lines of dialogue ever written. It's now official that Scott Rosenburg(co-writer of that beloved classic 'Kangaroo Jack') is officially a better writer than Roald Dahl, Steven King, William Shakespeare and J.R Tolkien purely for those two lines.

In conclusion, this movie is awful. I mean it is but it is so much stupid fun. I love it. I can name so many flaws with this movie but none of them matter if you take this movie for what it is. If you can do that, then you will enjoy this movie immensely.


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Release Date:

6 June 1997 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,131,738, 8 June 1997

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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