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Air America (1990)

A young pilot finds himself recruited unwittingly into a covert and corrupt C.I.A. 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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Saunders
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General Lu Soong
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Babo
Harvey Jason ...
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Sinjai Plengpanich ...
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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Trivia

The film was withdrawn from more than one hundred theaters in Germany, when the Gulf War started in January 1991. See more »

Goofs

At one point during Gene's fall from the helicopter, a man with a black shirt is seen tumbling down the hill. Gene is wearing a gray shirt, Billy is wearing the black shirt. See more »

Quotes

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

Spin-off Air America (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Come Fly With Me
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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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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