What do you know about the movie Con Air?

By: J. Reinoehl
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What do you know about the movie Con Air?
Image: Touchstone Pictures / Jerry Bruckheimer Films

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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.
What nickname did Cameron have for his wife?
Bluejay.
Hummingbird.
"Hey, Hummingbird… How's my baby?"
Turkey.
Turtledove.

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Which actor played Cameron Poe?
Nicholas Cage.
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.
John Travolta.
Tom Hanks.
Bruce Willis.

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In which branch of the military did Cameron Poe serve?
Army.
"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."
Navy.
Air Force.
Marines.

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Why did Cameron Poe go to prison?
He stole some money to buy his daughter a gift.
He killed a man who attacked his wife.
He killed a man who attacked him.
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.
He was a spy.

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Why did the judge give Cameron a longer sentence?
The man he killed was a police officer.
A woman was involved.
He had killed the man in an exceptionally brutal way.
He was an ex-military person.
"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."

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Which prisoner was Diamond Dog afraid to let out?
The Swamp Thing.
Johnny-23.
Garland Greene.
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.
Billy Bedlam.

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What else was special about the day Cameron was being released?
It was his wife and his anniversary.
It was Christmas.
It was his wife's birthday.
It was his daughter's birthday.
"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."

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John Cusack played which character?
Ramon "Sally Can't Dance" Martinez.
Agent Duncan Malloy.
Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom.
Vince Larkin.
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.

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What present did Poe get his daughter?
A pearl necklace.
A Cinderella picture book.
A pink dress.
A stuffed bunny.
"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."

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Why did Johnny have the number 23 after his name?
He killed twenty-three people.
He had twenty-three counts of rape.
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."
He stole twenty-three cars.
He abused twenty-three children.

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What was Cameron's daughter's name?
Karen.
Lisa.
Casey.
"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."
Becca.

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Where did Pinball hide the match and lighter fluid?
It was under his "do-rag."
It was under a false flap of skin on his stomach.
It was hidden in the hem of his pant leg.
He regurgitated it.
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.

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Which kind of criminals did Cyrus say were "somewhere between a cockroach and that white stuff that accumulates at the corner of your mouth when you're really thirsty?"
Rapists.
"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."
Arsonists.
White-collar criminals.
Criminals with a military background.

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How did Larkin find out the plane was hijacked?
The criminals radioed in to taunt him.
They found diagrams in Cyrus' prison cell.
"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.
Poe got off the plane in Carson City and told them.
The transponder showed the plane going in the wrong direction.

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Immediately after the convicts take over the plane, where does Cyrus have it fly?
To Egvekinot, Russia.
To Bogota, Colombia.
To Alabama as scheduled.
To Carson City, as scheduled.
"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."

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What image was used with the eyes cut out to decode the messages between the prisoners when they plotted the escape?
Da Vinci's The Last Supper.
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.
Renoir's Boating Party.
Leutze's Washington Crossing the Delaware.
Manet's The Picnic.

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Finish the quote "Put ___________________ back in the box."
"…The bunny..."
"Put the bunny back in the box… I said—put—the bunny—back—in the box "
"…The gun..."
"… The syringe…"
"… The letter…"

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Why wouldn't the landing gear go up?
Poe had rigged it.
A police officer shot the hydraulics system.
The sandstorm jammed it by clogging the lubrication.
Pinball was stuck in it.
This was the first time Simon West directed a feature film. Before this, he did numerous commercials for companies like Pepsi and McDonalds.

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Why did Agent Malloy order helicopters?
So they could cover the area better and find the hijacked plane.
To shoot the hijacked plane down.
"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."
To help evacuate guards when the hijacked plane landed to refuel.
To fly to Washington, D. C., and file a complaint with the President.

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How did Poe let Larkin know where they were changing planes?
He waited until the plane was on autopilot and radioed him.
He wrote a message on Pinball's shirt.
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.
He used Morse code to send a message to the police officer in the sandstorm.
He found a cell phone in the baggage compartment and called him from it.

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"Sorry, boss, but there's only two men I trust. ___________________________."
"One of them's me, and the other's not you."
"Sorry, boss, but there's only two men I trust. One of them's me and the other one's not you."
"One is me and the other is myself."
"The first one is me and the second one is Baby-O."
"I am one of them, and my sergeant is the other."

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How does Vince get to Lerner Airfield?
In a police car.
Motorcycle.
An old attack helicopter.
Malloy's car.
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.

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Who is the first of the organized convicts to discover Poe was paroled?
Diamond Dog.
Billy Bedlam.
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.
Pinball.
Swamp Thing.

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What caused the hijacked plane to crash at the Lerner Airfield?
Larkin drove his car in front of it.
It ran out of gas.
Another plane landed at the same time as it.
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.
The runway was filled with junk.

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What song did the little girl sing with Garland Greene?
"Old Mac Donald Had a Farm."
"Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."
"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands."
"Wanna sing? …Do you know, 'He's Got the Whole World in His Hands?"
"Mary Had a Little Lamb."

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What did Garland Greene do with the little girl at the trailer park?
Drowned her in the pool while he was swimming with her.
Had a tea party with her and left her alone.
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.
Wore her head like a hat back to the plane.
Strangled her while trying to bring her back to the plane.

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Where does Poe find the syringes?
In the kitchen of the cafeteria.
In an old fire truck.
"Oh, no. Drugs'll end you, son… There might be one in the fire truck over on the boneyard."
In one of the planes.
In the airport tower.

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Why did Poe need a syringe?
To get Baby-O his insulin.
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.
To make a blowgun to kill Cyrus.
To get a quick fix so he would feel invincible.
To fill with gasoline and use to light people on fire.

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What song did all the prisoners sing after leaving Lerner Airfield?
"How Do I Live?"
"Sweet Home, Alabama."
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.
"Stairway to Heaven."
"Knocking on Heaven's Door."

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Who stands up and takes the blame for Poe?
Vince Larkin.
Pinball.
Baby-O.
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."
Guard Sally Bishop.

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Where did they land the plane?
At the Universal Studios theme park.
On the Las Vegas Strip.
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.
In the Grand Canyon.
In Los Angeles Airport.

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What vehicle did the organized convicts drive to get away from the plane that crashed in the city?
An ambulance.
An Army Humvee.
A fire truck.
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.
A police car.

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Which of the following criminals were able to escape after the plane crashed in the city?
Gator, Mongoose, and Cyrus the Virus.
Cyrus the Virus, Johnny-23, and Diamond Dog.
Pinball, Cyrus the Virus, and Sally Can't Dance,
Swamp Thing, Cyrus the Virus, and Diamond Dog.
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.

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How did Cyrus finally die?
He was electrocuted.
He fell in a scrap metal crushing machine.
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.
He drowned in the sewer water.
Larkin shot him.

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The last shot of Greene shows him doing what?
Playing craps.
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.
Getting locked up.
Killing himself
Having tea with the little girl.

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