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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Senator Davenport
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Jack Neely (as Art La Fleur)
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Pirelli
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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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10 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Air America: locos por el peligro  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$31,053,601 (USA)
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The sequence where Robert Downey Jr. is seen hanging from a rope flying across the skies above Thailand including a Buddhist temple was done for real with Downey performing the stunt himself after director Roger Spottiswoode had rejected doing it using such alternative techniques such as blue screen or back projection. See more »

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

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Richard Nixon: There are *no* American combat forces in Laos.
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A fun, leave-your-brains-at-the-door movie
17 December 2003 | by (here) – See all my reviews

I regard this as a classic war movie! It's fun, good acting, more fun, and factually correct, well up to a point of course! What I like about it, and what I feel makes it original, is that not many films were made about Laos, and also its a cheerful take on war, pretty original for that too I'd say. A good movie i could watch again and again. Excellent music too! 5/5 stars.


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