Con Air (film) When a group of the most dangerous and notorious prisoners in the U.S. penal system are transferred to a new super-maximum security facility, parolee Cameron Poe hitches a ride on their Con Air transport flight only to find himself embroiled in a meticulously planned midair hijacking masterminded by Cyrus “The Virus” Grissom. On the ground, U.S. Marshal Vince Larkin faces impossible odds as he tries to avert the takeover and, at the same time, keep his overzealous superiors from blowing up the aircraft and its passengers. Together, Poe and Larkin must stop Cyrus and his band of savage, hardened lifers from massacring everyone on board as the damaged plane careens toward disaster on the famed Las Vegas strip. A Touchstone film. Directed by Simon West. Released on June 6, 1997. Stars Nicolas Cage (Cameron Poe), John Cusack (Vince Larkin), John Malkovich (Cyrus Grissom), Steve Buscemi (Garland Greene), Ving Rhames (Nathan Jones), Colm Meaney (Duncan Malloy), Mykelti Williamson (Baby-O), Rachel Ticotin (Sally Bishop). 115 min. Cinemascope. Filming took place at airports in Utah–at Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Wendover–and on the strip in Las Vegas, where 14 cameras were utilized to film the blowing up of the front of the soon-to-be-demolished Sands Hotel. Interiors were filmed in Los Angeles.