Con Air

June 6th, 1997

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Con Air

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A newly released ex-con and former US Ranger finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control.

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 6.7/10 (109,652 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: Simon West

Stars: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich

Cameron Poe, who is a highly decorated United States Army Ranger came to his home of Alabama to his wife, Tricia. only to run into a few drunken regulars at where Tricia works. Cameron unknowingly kills one of the drunks and was sent to a federal penitentiary for involuntary manslaughter for seven years. Then, Cameron became eligible for parole and can now go home to his wife and daughter, Casey. Unfortunately, Cameron has to share a prison airplane with some of the most dangerous criminals in the country, who somehow took control of the plane and are now planning to escape the country with the plane. 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.

Nicolas Cage - Cameron Poe
Colm Meaney - Duncan Malloy
John Cusack - U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin
Mykelti Williamson - Baby-O
Nick Chinlund - Billy Bedlam
John Malkovich - Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom
Steve Buscemi - Garland 'The Marietta Mangler' Greene
Ving Rhames - Diamond Dog
Dave Chappelle - Pinball
Rachel Ticotin - Guard Sally Bishop
Danny Trejo - Johnny 'Johnny-23' Baca
M.C. Gainey - Swamp Thing
Steve Eastin - Guard Falzon
Renoly Santiago - Ramon 'Sally-Can't Dance' Martinez (as Renoly)
Monica Potter - Tricia Poe

Taglines: One wrong flight can ruin your whole day

Release Date: 6 June 1997

Filming Locations: 2nd Street Tunnel between Hill and Figueroa, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $24,131,738 (USA) (8 June 1997) (2824 Screens)

Gross: $223,100,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (extended version)

Did You Know?

The sight of the planes flying in low formation over the Strip during filming caused a number of Las Vegans to call the police.

Continuity: When Tricia and Casey are waiting for Cameron, Casey is holding three balloons above her head. In the first long-shot the balloon nearest to Casey's face is red, then in a close-up it is blue, when it cuts to the US Marshall entering the room it is red again, then when it cuts back to a close-up of Tricia and Casey the balloon is blue again.

[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...

User Review

Now that's what I'm talking about!

Rating: 9/10

As much cliché there is on this typical action flick, this was a terrific and fun one to watch! Come on! I mean a 6.3?! People, this was a great movie that kept you on the edge of your seat with some of the greatest actors of our time: Nic Cage, John Malkovich, and John Cusack. The movie though went to Steve Buscemi! He is just becoming one of my favorite actors, but I'll explain later. Con Air is about these prisoners who have taken over an air plane meant to transfer some prisoners to other states and some are actually free. There is one person, Cameron Poe, who wants to stop this maniac, Cyrus 'The Virus' Grissom played by John M. from destroying these men's lives.

John Cusack plays Vince Larkin, a Marshall who believes that Poe is on his side and wants to get this plane down as safely as he can, he does a terrific job, even though his looks aren't what I would've pictured for the part. John M. did a great job on scarring the heck out of me and was a terrific psychotic villain and Nic is so great as an action hero while he "saves the *beep* day", he also has this southern accent that is kind of funny but charming. Now, onto Steve who plays Garland 'The Marietta Mangler' Greene, this incredibly intelligent but insane serial killer who gives you a Hannibal the Cannibal vibe. His dialog is incredible and grabs you "What if I told you insane was working fifty hours a week in some office for fifty years at the end of which they tell you to *beep* off; ending up in some retirement village hoping to die before suffering the indignity of trying to make it to the toilet on time? Wouldn't you consider that to be insane?" He's funny in a way that wasn't meant to be funny and he just steals the show. Especially how he was singing "He's got the whole world in his hands" at the end when the plane was going crazy. :D

These are remarkable actors, and yes, while the story is predictable and the stunts are over the top, nevertheless, I think anyone can enjoy this film an just have fun. It's a great action flick that deserves a look and a better rating! Come on, let go and have fun. Grab the popcorn, because you're going on a ride!


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