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Air America (1990)

 -  Action | Comedy  -  10 August 1990 (USA)
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A young pilot finds himself recruited into a covert and corrupt CIA airlift organization operating in Vietnam War Era Laos.

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Gene
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Billy
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Major Donald Lemond
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Senator Davenport
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Jack Neely (as Art La Fleur)
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Pirelli
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O.V.
David Bowe ...
Saunders
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General Lu Soong
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Babo
Harvey Jason ...
Nino
Sinjai Plengpanit ...
Gene's Wife (as Sinjai Hongthai)
Natta Nantatanti ...
Gene's Daughter
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Air America was the CIA's private airline operating in Laos during the Vietnam War, running anything and everything from soldiers to foodstuffs for local villagers. After losing his pilot's license, Billy Covington is recruited into it, and ends up in the middle of a bunch of lunatic pilots, gun-running by his friend Gene Ryack, and opium smuggling by his own superiors. Written by Jeff Cross <blackjac_1998@yahoo.com>

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Action | Comedy

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10 August 1990 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$31,053,601 (USA)
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The movie was originally developed around 1985 with Richard Rush at the helm as director. The film was intended to be the first comedy about Vietnam but Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) beat it to the screens in 1987. Moreover, the 1979 Australian war movie about Vietnam, The Odd Angry Shot (1979), was a comedy. See more »

Goofs

When Gene goes picks up Billy in the helicopter, he is piloting from his left side. When gen and Billy land at the airport in the next shot, Gene is on his right side of the cockpit. See more »

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Richard Nixon: There are *no* American combat forces in Laos.
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Some pilots are willing to work anywhere to "slip the surly bonds of earth" ...
25 January 2002 | by (North Coast USA) – See all my reviews

This film rendition of Christopher Robbin's "Air America", the story of CIA's secret airforce in Laos during the Vietnam War has been fluffed up a tad too much. I would have hoped they would have kept the tone of the book which was a bit edgier; more like the film version of MASH. This version makes the "non-war" in Laos seem like a Disney World Ride. However Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr make it worth the price of admission. After you watch the flick track down the book for the REAL story.


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