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Desson Howe - Weekend section, "Nicolas Cage is one of our most enjoyable screen heroes."

Rita Kempley - Style section, "Proposterous, predictable, but excessively entertaining."


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'Con Air'

Scene from this movie One night, U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) and his pregnant wife, Tricia, face three thugs who intend to beat Cameron and rape his wife. When Cameron kills one of them, hes sent to the slammer for seven to 10 years. Finally, the day comes when Cameron is to be paroled. He gets into a prisoner-transport plane, carrying his precious letters and a bunny he intends to give his girl on her 8th birthday.

The plane is full of the most ornery criminals in the United States. These Bad Boys intend to hijack the plane and make their escape. When the in-flight security is overpowered, Cameron groans inwardly. Accepting his heroic destiny like the Ranger he is, Cameron pretends to be one of the Wild Bunch so he can eventually outwit them, maintain secret contact with U.S. Marshall Vince Larkin and still help little Casey blow out her candles. -- Desson Howe
Rated R


Director: Simon West
Cast: John Cusack; Nicolas Cage; John Malkovich; Steve Buscemi; Nick Chinlund; Rachel Ticotin; Ving Rhames; Mykelti Williamson; David Chappelle; Danny Trejo; Colm Meaney; M.C. Gainey; Brendan Kelly; Renoly; Jesse Borrego; Monica Potter
Running Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes
Filmographies: Nicolas Cage; John Malkovich;
John Cusack; Ving Rhames;
Rachel Ticotin; Steve Buscemi;
Mykelti Williamson; Colm Meaney; Nick Chinlund