Con Air was nominated for two Oscars and won a Grammy for its original song, "How Do I Live." What do you remember about the movie, "Con Air"? Find out by taking this quiz.
"Hey, Hummingbird… How's my baby?"
Nicholas Kim Coppola "Cage" (born January 7, 1964) changed his name early in his career so he would not be accused of getting jobs solely because he was the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola. Using properties as his sole investments, he lost most of his fortune in the housing bubble; however, his strong work ethic prompted him to make more movies in order to pay off creditors.
"Army Rangers have a proud history. Since the 1700s, Rangers have led the way in every major confrontation in which the United States has been involved."
While filming the movie, one of the welders was working on a plane and died when it fell on him (August 29, 1996). There is a dedication to him in the end credits.
"Cameron Poe, you have pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the first degree. With your military skills, you are a deadly weapon and are not subject to the same laws as other people that are provoked because you can respond with deadly force. It is the order of this court that you be remanded to a federal penitentiary where you shall remain incarcerated for a term not less than seven to ten years."
Steve Buscemi (who played Garland Greene) was a New York firefighter before he became an actor. He returned to the New York Fire Department and worked 12-hour shifts, helping them search for survivors after the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks.
"My daddy's coming home on July 14th. My birthday is July 14th. I'm gonna see my daddy for the first time ever on July 14th."
John Cusack (born June 28, 1966) became popular with a slew of teen movies in the 80s, such as "Stand By Me," "Sixteen Candles," and "Better Off Dead." As a strong political activist, he has helped interview Edward Snowden in Russia.
"Yeah, man, but that's a bunny rabbit." "…I mean, it's either this or a tube of toothpaste and two packs of Pall Malls at the canteen."
Danny Trejo (born May 16, 1944) played Johnny-23 in "Con Air," but most people recognize him as the character, Machete, which was originally developed in the "Spy Kids" movie, turned into a Grindhouse trailer, and then given its own franchise. He spent most of his early life in prisons, such as San Quentin (1965-1968), before dedicating his life to God and going through a 12-step program. When questioned about his past, he has said, "…Now, I'd rather be paid to be the bad guy."
"Dear Casey, of course I'm coming home in just a little while longer, and all the things we missed doing together, you can be sure we'll do."
David Chappelle played Pinball, the inmate convicted of running drugs, who created the distraction that initially freed the prisoners. The actor improvised most of his lines in the movie.
"Anyway, I despise rapists. For me, you're somewhere between a cockroach and that white stuff that accumulates at the corner of your mouth when you're really thirsty."
"Con Air" was the nickname given to The Justice Prisoner and Alien Transport System (JPATS). This prison transport was created in 1995, shortly before the movie.
"He's to land at Carson City Airport, as scheduled." "Carson City? The law is down there. You lost your mind?" "According to my last psych evaluation… yes."
Da Vinci's original painting of The Last Supper is 29 feet long and 15 feet tall. He painted it on the wall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy.
"Put the bunny back in the box… I said—put—the bunny—back—in the box "
This was the first time Simon West directed a feature film. Before this, he did numerous commercials for companies like Pepsi and McDonalds.
"I am authorized to bring Agent Sim's killers to justice using, and I quote, 'all necessary means.'" "That does not include shooting down my plane."
While doing research, the screenwriter, Scott Rosenberg, got permission to tag along on a few of JPATS flights. He said he found it both terrifying and unsettling. The real planes are passenger jets, but they felt the modified military plane (the C123) with the cages was more dramatic.
"Sorry, boss, but there's only two men I trust. One of them's me and the other one's not you."
Colm Meaney began as helm officer Miles O'Brien on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" from 1987 to 1992. He transferred to "Deep Space Nine" (which ran from 1993-1999) because the producers wanted to follow a regular guy on the space station and many people in the audience identified with him. When he wanted to do a movie, such as "Con Air," he asked for time off and they were very flexible about it.
Nicolas Cage came up with the idea for his character to be an ex-Army Ranger. He also did most of his own stunts in the movie. All the explosive scenes needed to be carefully choreographed.
They dropped a convertible from a crane for the scene when the car was cut loose from the plane. The film received a Golden Raspberry Award (Razzie) in a category created specifically for it: Worst Reckless Disregard for Human Life and Public Property.
"Wanna sing? …Do you know, 'He's Got the Whole World in His Hands?"
When Scott Rosenberg wrote "Con Air," he had Buscemi specifically in mind for the part of Greene. He also wanted Cusack as the U. S. Marshal, but Cusack was not associated with action-adventure films. Cusack accepted because he respected Jerry Bruckheimer's work.
"Oh, no. Drugs'll end you, son… There might be one in the fire truck over on the boneyard."
Jerry Bruckheimer produced 11 successful movies (such as "Top Gun" and "Beverly Hills Cop") with Don Simpson, but after producing "The Rock," and having to do most of the work himself because of Simpson's pharmaceutical addictions, he ended their relationship. "Con Air" was the first film Bruckheimer produced after this breakup. Simpson died of an overdose on January 19,1996. Police officers found over 2,000 pills organized in his closet at home.
Lynyrd Skynyrd (the group that sang "Sweet Home Alabama") was involved in a plane crash October 20, 1977, but only three members of the group died: Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and backup singer Cassie Gaines. The plane had a known engine fuel consumption issue that the pilots did not address before takeoff. They should have noticed they were going through more fuel than anticipated, but the plane still ran out of gas. There was no fuel left in the engines when the plane was examined, but this actually improved the passengers' survival since there was no fire on impact.
Mykelti Williamson (born March 4, 1957) has been nominated for several awards for his performance in "Forrest Gump" and "Fences." He has appeared in the television shows, "Boomtown," "24," and "Justified."
The initial airport scenes were filmed at Salt Lake City International Airport. The Carson City exchange was actually filmed at Ogden, Utah, and the abandoned airstrip was outside of Wendover.
Before JPATS, the U. S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement transported prisoners using complex systems. There are currently only 21 Federal Penitentiaries in the United States with a maximum-security rating.
The destruction of the Hard Rock casino sign was accomplished with models. However, the Sands Hotel was already marked for demolition. They only had one take to get it right because the destruction was real.
John Malkovich (born December 9, 1953) was initially known for some of the creepy criminals he played in movies such as "In the Line of Fire" and "Dangerous Liaisons." He became a victim of criminal Bernard Madoff, whose Ponzi scheme became a $50 billion scam.
The Vegas Strip was a model 250 feet long so the plane could crash into cars and other things while going down it. They combined footage from the model with footage of the real strip, using computer digital composites.