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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Storyline

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 All (53) »

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Genres:

Action | Comedy

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Release Date:

10 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Air America: locos por el peligro  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$31,053,601 (USA)
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Trivia

Reportedly, Mel Gibson's salary on this picture was US $7 million. See more »

Goofs

When Billy is haranguing the truck driver on the freeway, the drive hears Billy over the radio. However, we clearly here the truck driver over the helicopter's radio. It would be nearly impossible to hear the truck driver over the helicopter noise, even standing next to him. Billy wouldn't be able to hear him at all in cockpit, much less have his microphone pick up the driver's cursing with almost no background noise. See more »

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[first lines]
Richard Nixon: There are *no* American combat forces in Laos.
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Written by Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland, performed by The Four Tops
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Thank God for Mel Gibson to rescue Hollywood from itself!!!
8 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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