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Air America (1990)

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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Senator Davenport
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Jack Neely (as Art La Fleur)
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Pirelli
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O.V.
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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 (60) »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nancy Travis replaced Ally Sheedy in the role of Corinne Landroaux. See more »

Goofs

When the right engine was hit by ground fire and was said to have lost oil pressure, it is doubtful that thrust could be maintained. With the extent of damage requiring fire extinguishers, it is most likely that it would have been feathered. This did not occur and during the landing sequence, it can clearly be seen that this engine is developing its usual thrust, the props both appearing to be turning as they would be when synchronized. Also if thrust were lost on that engine, a large amount of left rudder with about 3 degrees elevation of bank on the dead engine side would be required and none of this is seen in the film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard Nixon: There are *no* American combat forces in Laos.
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Connections

Referenced in Tosh.0: The Average Homeboy (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

California Dreamin'
Written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips (as Michelle Gillian)
Performed by The Mamas and the Papas
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An interesting little film...
20 April 2001 | by (Oldham, Gtr Manchester, England.) – See all my reviews

... because, whilst it doesn't have anything overly outstanding about it, it manages to be very entertaining. Perhaps it's just because the pairing of Gibson and Downey, Jr. appeals to me. Whatever it is, I found the setup interesting, the comedy funny and the action nicely staged.

I'm tempted to say that its lukewarm reception was down to poor marketing, but I'm not sure that's true. Maybe I just have to accept that I quite like a movie that the majority think is bad.

I don't know what it is with Gibson and 'non-Lethal-Weapon' action comedies, but "Bird on a Wire" seems to be regarded as another commercial failure, and I enjoyed that one too. Time to take me off to the funny farm... ?


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