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

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Action | Comedy

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R | See all certifications »

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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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The movie co-starred Robert Downey Jr. in a film which involved story elements relating to drugs with Downey off-screen having had a real-life drug addiction. See more »

Goofs

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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Richard Nixon: There are *no* American combat forces in Laos.
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Right Place, Wrong Time
Written by Dr. John (Malcolm Rebennack)
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Stupid action/comedy. A Potential dream team in Gibson & Downey is completely wasted
24 September 2013 | by (victoria b.c canada) – See all my reviews

Despite his controversial and diminishing status in Hollywood, I'm still a big Mel Gibson fan as an actor. I also like Robert Downey Jr. I've heard how mediocre this movie is over the years from people, and put it off. Well. I can now say I've finally watched it. I now know why I put it off for so long. Gibson & Downey lack efficient chemistry with one another. It doesn't have much action to speak of, and the comedy lacks a big ingredient...laughs!. Air America's two major problems are. 1. It doesn't know what it fully wants to be, and fails to find the proper medium. Instead we get an uneasy mixture of laughs & serious action, which doesn't work at all. 2. The lagging pace issues. There was a few times where I looked at the time, to see how much was left. Mel Gibson seems to be on autopilot sometimes. Others he looks really into it. He has charm and swagger to spare, but it's not his best performance. Robert Downey gives one of his worst performances to date. He wasn't convincing at all, that cocky charisma of his nowhere to be found, here. Nancy Travis doesn't have much screen time, and her character is poorly written. Art LaFleur is actually amusing with his phony tough guy act.

Final Thoughts: Talk about a major misfire. It fails an action/adventure, a comedy, and a drama. It has no idea what it fully wants to be, and the result is a mess. You could do worse, but you could also do much better. There is nothing to gain from seeing this movie

4.7/10


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