Con Air

Con Air

4.4 12
Director: Simon West

Cast: Nicolas Cage, John Cusack, John Malkovich

     
 

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Former war hero Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) is sentenced to eight years in prison when he accidentally kills a man in a barroom brawl while defending his pregnant wife. When his release comes through, he's eager to see the daughter he's never met. However, Poe's original flight is delayed, so he's put aboard a flight transporting ten of the most dangerous men in the… See more details below

Overview

Former war hero Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) is sentenced to eight years in prison when he accidentally kills a man in a barroom brawl while defending his pregnant wife. When his release comes through, he's eager to see the daughter he's never met. However, Poe's original flight is delayed, so he's put aboard a flight transporting ten of the most dangerous men in the American penal system to a new high-security facility. One of the criminals, Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom (John Malkovich), is a serial killer and insane genius who has hatched a diabolical plot: with the help of several other hoods, including Diamond Dog (Ving Rhames), Johnny 23 (Daniel Trejo), and Garland Greene (Steve Buscemi), Cyrus and his men will hijack the plane and fly to a neutral nation where they can live as free men. Poe finds himself stuck in the middle; he has to find a way to get home, keep himself alive, look after his cellmate Baby-O (Mykelti Williamson), who will die without proper medicine, and try to help the cops on the ground, including agent Vince Larkin (John Cusack). Producer Jerry Bruckheimer's first film after the death of his partner Don Simpson, Con Air shows he learned well how to assemble the formula all by himself, with plenty of action, stunts, and special effects and not a lot of story to get in the way.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Sometimes it takes a couple of years for a film to fully mature -- not so with the ill-advised Con Air. In this mostly depraved, pseudo-stylized action film, a perenially distinguished cast goes for the big bucks. Director Simon West, doing his best John Woo impression, recruits the talented John Cusack, Nicholas Cage and John Malkovich for this misguided effort. Malkovich and Cage make the most out of the dissatisfying dialogue while Cusack is completely out of his element. The plot twists keep the film from being a total disaster -- although the romance at the center of the film is a stretch, considering the nonstop-bloodbath action sequences -- as does the late appearance of always-entertaining eccentric Steve Buscemi. In fact, the spirited supporting cast of characters, including Dave Chappelle and Ving Rhames, almost steal the show entirely. Filmgoers didn't heed reviewers' advice, however, as the film climbed well over $100 million at the box office.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/08/2008
UPC:
0786936736267
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:55:00
Sales rank:
10,933

Special Features

Backstage: ; A view from above; The destruction of Las Vegas; Theatrical trailer; Movie showcase: Instant access to select movie scenes that showcase the ultimate in high definition picture and sound; Seamless menus

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage Cameron Poe
John Cusack Vince Larkin
John Malkovich Cyrus (The Virus) Grissom
Steve Buscemi Garland Greene
Ving Rhames Diamond Dog
Colm Meaney Duncan Malloy
Mykelti Williamson Baby-O
Danny Trejo Johnny 23
Rachel Ticotin Sally Bishop
Monica Potter Tricia Poe
Dave Chappelle Pinball
M.C. Gainey Swamp Thing
John Roselius Devers
Jesse Borrego Francisco Cindino
Nick Chinlund Billy Bedlam
Angela Featherstone Ginny
José Zuñiga Sims
Landry Allbright Casey Poe
Renoly Santiago Ramon "Sally-Can't Dance" Martinez
Mario Roberts Mongoose
Pete Antico Guard Garner
Mongo Brownlee Ajax

Technical Credits
Simon West Director
Matthew Barry Casting
Kenny Bates Associate Producer
Lynn Bigelow Executive Producer
Peter Bogart Executive Producer
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Thomas R. Burman Makeup Special Effects
Debra Echard Set Decoration/Design
Tony Epper Stunts
David Goldberg Special Effects
Jonathan Hensleigh Executive Producer
Dream Quest Images Special Effects
Daniel R. Jennings Set Decoration/Design
Jim Kouf Executive Producer
Chris Lebenzon Editor
Mark Mancina Score Composer
Edward Mcavoy Art Director
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Barbara Mesney Set Decoration/Design
Steve Mirkovich Editor
Chad Oman Executive Producer
Steve Picerni Associate Producer
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
Bobbie Read Costumes/Costume Designer
Mario Roberts Stunts
Art Rochester Sound/Sound Designer
Scott Rosenberg Screenwriter
Glen Scantlebury Editor
David Tattersall Cinematographer
Victoria Thomas Casting
Mike Topoozian Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Con Air
1. Opening Credits
2. Going Home
3. Fire on Board
4. Everybody Freeze!
5. Discovering the Plan
6. Let's Go!
7. Sizing Up Poe
8. Personal Stuff
9. Put the Bunny Back
10. Lerner Field
11. Poe Intervenes
12. Surprise Encounter
13. Attack
14. Tied Up
15. Viva Las Vegas
16. Motorcycle Chase
17. "How Do I Live"
18. End Credits

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