Con Air Starring Nicolas Cage Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Con Air premiered in theaters 25 years ago today!

Con Air, one of Nicolas Cage’s most memorable performances, is now 25 years old. Hitting theaters in 1997, the action-thriller was by Simon West and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. West’s other notable movies are Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Mechanic, and The Expendables 2. Con Air had an impressive cast to accompany Cage, including John Cusack and John Malkovich. The film also featured Steve Buscemi, Dave Chappelle, and Danny Trejo. It would go on to make $224 Million on a $75 Million budget. Recently, Cage starred in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.


America’s most hard and dangerous criminals are being transported via Con Air. It is custom armored aircraft with armed guards, hand and leg shackles, and top-secret destinations that even the prisoners aren’t privy to. No one has ever escaped from one of these flying fortresses—until now. In this action-packed thriller, a group of violent and deadly cons seizes control of one of the planes, taking the guards hostage and setting a course out of the country. Poe, an inmate who has done his time and is going home to be with his family, proves to be a fly in the ointment who battles for control of the aircraft, averting disaster and, in a thrilling climax, brings the plane down safely in Las Vegas and brings the cons to justice.

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