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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General Lu Soong
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Gene's Wife (as Sinjai Hongthai)
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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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10 August 1990 (USA)  »

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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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Sean Connery was originally attached to play the character of Gene Ryack which in the end was cast with Mel Gibson. Connery was deemed too expensive. See more »

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When Gene and Billy are being held by the 'Hillbilly' type tribesmen the dialogue is obviously dubbed due to the mouth movements not always corresponding to the heard dialogue. This is because the heavy rainfall will have made the location sound recording unusable so the scene would have had to have been looped in post production. See more »

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Richard Nixon: There are *no* American combat forces in Laos.
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Tumbling Tumbleweeds
Written by Bob Nolan
Performed by Sons of the Pioneers
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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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