R | | Action, Crime, Thriller
Newly paroled ex-con and former U.S. Ranger Cameron Poe finds himself trapped in a prisoner transport plane when the passengers seize control.
Gary Oldman was the first choice to play Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom. Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin, George Clooney, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Richard Dreyfuss, James Gandolfini, Ed Harris, Rutger Hauer, William Hurt, Michael Keaton, Michael Madsen, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Ron Perlman, Tim Robbins, Tom Sizemore, John Travolta, Peter Weller, and Bruce Willis were also considered.
Officer at Leaving Ceremony:
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. You men are a credit to that fine heritage, and I'm sorry to see you go. But you've served your ...
(at around 1h 22 mins) Before all the shooting starts at the Lerner Air Field between the convicts and the police/military, a convict is shown loading a shotgun in a broken-down white airplane. The con sticks the gun out a broken window as he's loading it, and a large shard of glass is shown in the window. When the camera view changes to inside the plane, the shard of glass is gone.
In the Finnish DVD version the death of Cyrus is slightly edited. The scene cuts away right before the rock-smashing weight hits his head.
$24,131,738 (USA) (8 June 1997)