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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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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Some of the stunt fliers declined to perform some of the more difficult and dangerous flying stunts. See more »

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The movie is set in 1969, yet in one scene in the nightclub the background music is "Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress" by the Hollies, which was not released until 1973. See more »

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Richard Nixon: There are *no* American combat forces in Laos.
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performed by Charlie Sexton
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Some pilots are willing to work anywhere to "slip the surly bonds of earth" ...
25 January 2002 | by (North Coast USA) – See all my reviews

This film rendition of Christopher Robbin's "Air America", the story of CIA's secret airforce in Laos during the Vietnam War has been fluffed up a tad too much. I would have hoped they would have kept the tone of the book which was a bit edgier; more like the film version of MASH. This version makes the "non-war" in Laos seem like a Disney World Ride. However Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr make it worth the price of admission. After you watch the flick track down the book for the REAL story.


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