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Con Air [1997 film] by Simon West
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Con Air [1997 film] (1997)

by Simon West (Director), Scott Rosenberg (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Jesse Borrego (Actor), Jerry Bruckheimer (Producer), Steve Buscemi (Actor), Nicolas Cage (Actor), Dave Chappelle (Actor)13 more, Nick Chinlund (Actor), John Cusack (Actor), M.C. Gainey (Actor), John Malkovich (Actor), Mark Mancina (Music), Colm Meaney (Actor), Monica Potter (Actor), Trevor Rabin (Music), Ving Rhames (Actor), David Tattersall (Director of photography), Rachel Ticotin (Actor), Danny Trejo (Actor), Mykelti Williamson (Actor)

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Con Air is proof that the slick, absurdly overblown action formula of Hollywood mega-producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, Days of Thunder, The Rock, Crimson Tide) lives on, even after Simpson's druggy death. (Read Charles Fleming's exposé, High Concept: Don Simpson and the Hollywood Culture of Excess, for more about that.) Nicolas Cage, sporting a disconcerting mane of hair, is a wrongly convicted prisoner on a transport plane with a bunch of infamously psychopathic criminals, including head creep Cyrus the Virus (John Malkovich), black militant Diamond Dog (Ving Rhames), and serial killer Garland Greene (Steve Buscemi, making the most of his pallid, rodent-like qualities). Naturally, the convicts take over the plane; meanwhile, on the ground, a US marshal (John Cusack) and a DEA agent (Colm Meaney), try to figure out what to do. As is the postmodern way, the movie displays a self-consciously ironic awareness that its story and characters are really just excuses for a high-tech cinematic thrill ride. Best idea: the filmmakers persuaded the owners of the legendary Sands Hotel in Las Vegas to let them help out with the structure's demolition by crashing their plane into it. --Jim Emerson
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West, SimonDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rosenberg, ScottScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Borrego, JesseActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bruckheimer, JerryProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buscemi, SteveActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cage, NicolasActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chappelle, DaveActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chinlund, NickActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cusack, JohnActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gainey, M.C.Actorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Malkovich, JohnActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mancina, MarkMusicsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Meaney, ColmActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Potter, MonicaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rabin, TrevorMusicsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rhames, VingActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tattersall, DavidDirector of photographysecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ticotin, RachelActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Trejo, DannyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williamson, MykeltiActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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A prison parolee on his way to freedom faces impossible odds when the maximum security transport plane he's on is skyjacked by the most vicious criminals in the country, led by the infamous murderer Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom.

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