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Con Air Details


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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:June 6, 1997


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arthur Rochester Best Sound 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kevin O'Connell Best Sound 1997 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Greg P. Russell Best Sound 1997 Nominee


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


Simon West
Jerry Bruckheimer
Scott Rosenberg
David Tattersall
Trevor Rabin
Composer (Music Score)
Mark Mancina
Composer (Music Score)
Chris Lebenzon
Glen Scantlebury
Steve Mirkovich
Edward Mcavoy
Art Director
Steve Picerni
Associate Producer
Peter Bogart
Executive Producer
Lynn Bigelow
Executive Producer
Jonathan Hensleigh
Executive Producer
Chad Oman
Executive Producer
Daniel R. Jennings
Set Designer
Barbara Mesney
Set Designer
Debra Echard
Set Designer
Bobbie Read
Costume Designer
Mike Topoozian
First Assistant Director
Steve Picerni
Tony Epper
Mario Roberts
Victoria Thomas
Matthew Barry
Jeanne McCarthy
Thomas R. Burman
Makeup Special Effects