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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Jack Neely (as Art La Fleur)
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Pirelli
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General Lu Soong
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Babo
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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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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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Nancy Travis replaced Ally Sheedy in the role of Corinne Landroaux. See more »

Goofs

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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[first lines]
Richard Nixon: There are *no* American combat forces in Laos.
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References Lethal Weapon (1987) See more »

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Written by Dan Hartman
Performed by Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer
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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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