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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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Lane Smith ...
Senator Davenport
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Jack Neely (as Art La Fleur)
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Pirelli
Marshall Bell ...
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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pilot | cia | vietnam war | soldier | laos | See more »

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The Few. The Proud. The Totally Insane. See more »

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Action | Comedy

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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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First of two movies that actress Nancy Travis and actor Robert Downey Jr. have both appeared in. The second would be about two years later with Richard Attenborough's Chaplin (1992). See more »

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In opening scenes a C-123 is shown dropping cargo from it lowered gate in the tail end of the fuselage. In the next camera scene it is shown nearing the ground and going through the roof of a hut. It is shown going straight down. In the case of an air drop, all such cargo would be dropping at an angle, and not straight down. See more »

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Richard Nixon: There are *no* American combat forces in Laos.
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Cookie cutter Mel Gibson action/comedy.
3 July 2000 | by (Columbia, MD) – See all my reviews

It's like Lethal Weapon without Danny Glover. More comedic focus than the Lethal Weapons with less action, though there is still enough action to call it an action movie. Movie focuses on a Vietnam alliance with questionable military officials who are involved in opium smuggling, but never gets terribly deep into any of the real geopolitical issues of the war, choosing instead to paint everyone involved with the war in the same stereotypical light of corruption.


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