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Air America (1990)

R  |   |  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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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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pilot | cia | vietnam war | soldier | laos | See All (60) »


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Action | Comedy


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Release Date:

10 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Air America: locos por el peligro  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)


$31,053,601 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Sean Connery was originally attached to play the character of Gene Ryack which in the end was cast with Mel Gibson. Connery was deemed too expensive. See more »


Ryack's hair during the conversation in the rain. See more »


[first lines]
Richard Nixon: There are *no* American combat forces in Laos.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Robert Downey Jr/Fiona Apple (1996) See more »


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Thank God for Mel Gibson to rescue Hollywood from itself!!!
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With Gibson involved; Couldn't wait for the show to hit the screen in Houston so I could take My kids and show them a reasonable representational response to their: "What did you do in the war, Daddy?" - (I was an H-34 Driver, out of Udorn '66 - '68)... Despite Gibson's standard magnificent acting, the writing was a bummer compared to the REAL calibers of wit & humor that took place. It's a damn shame the writer didn't have tapes of the up-country aircraft comm traffic to draw from; you'd be waking-up in the middle of the night, laughing at the one-liners. In 28-years and 13,000+ flight-hours in 7-Nations on 5-Continents; that was the greatest bunch of maniacs I ever had the honor of working with.

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