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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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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10 August 1990 (USA)  »

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Air America: locos por el peligro  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$31,053,601 (USA)
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The picture was filmed in three countries at forty-nine locations shooting in the USA, England, and Thailand. See more »

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When Gene and Billy bail from the helicopter, the sound of glass breaking can be heard. The UH-1 actually has a windshield made of plastic. See more »

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Unorganized action comedy
22 August 2015 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

An amalgamation between drama, comedy and war film - it's not a very convincing mix. What a mess the whole thing is. It's not comedy, action, or drama, yet it likes to think it has elements of all of them. Roger Spottiswoode is not exactly a bad director (remember "Under fire" ? ) but this is not one of his finest movies.

The acting is pretty good. Mel Gibson ("Lethal weapon") doesn't fail and the same can be said for Robert Downey Jr. ("Iron man") . Gibson and Downey have a nice chemistry , maybe not tat great as Gibson and Glover in "LW" , but still nice. The rest of the cast is not bad too. There is even Michael Dudikoff ("American ninja") in small unnoticeable role.

There is little action here and it's rather goofy. There is no really emotional or serious moment here I could REALLY relate to. This movie has some great Rock N' Roll classics from CCR, The Stones, Edgar Winter and a few others. There is some humor here , but most of it are light stuff , nothing particularly memorable . Oh , maybe except "Take big bag to blue car." That was hilarious.

This movie has a really poor script. It doesn't know if it wants to be serious or funny , if it wants to be action movie , comedy or war drama. It tries to be all of that and fails at every level. It won't satisfy action fans , comedy fans or fans or serious movies. It does have some entertaining moments , it's far from terrible , but it's just one big and somewhat entertaining forgettable mess. I give it 4/10.


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