Air America (1990)

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



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Major Donald Lemond
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Jack Neely (as Art La Fleur)
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Gene's Wife (as Sinjai Hongthai)
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Gene's Daughter


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 <>

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Release Date:

10 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Air America: locos por el peligro  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)


$31,053,601 (USA)

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Jumbled Film.
24 September 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Mel Gibson & Robert Downey Jr. play two renegade pilots working for a covert CIA project in Laos during the Vietnam war. Downey is the new recruit who is still trying to adjust to the place and crazy missions he must fly. Gibson is the seasoned veteran who tries to teach him the ropes, all the while trying to remain above the increasingly out-of-control escalation of the war they are a part of, but grown cynical over the U.S. involvement, which isn't really legal, and certainly not public...

Good lead stars cannot do much with such a jumbled and confusing story, that never leads anywhere, and is mostly a series of comedic vignettes that struggle to say something serious among the bizarre(yet dangerous) happenings.

It just doesn't work.

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