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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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O.V.
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Saunders
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General Lu Soong
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Babo
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Nino
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 | soldier | laos | vietnam | See All (61) »

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

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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)

Opening Weekend:

$8,064,480 (USA) (12 August 1990)

Gross:

$31,053,601 (USA)
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Trivia

The movie was filmed between October 1989 and February 1990. See more »

Goofs

When Gene flies over to pickup the passed-out Billy, he is clearly heard at 50-100 feet altitude over the blade noise, even though he isn't shouting. See more »

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[first lines]
Richard Nixon: There are *no* American combat forces in Laos.
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Some pilots are willing to work anywhere to "slip the surly bonds of earth" ...
25 January 2002 | by (North Coast USA) – See all my reviews

This film rendition of Christopher Robbin's "Air America", the story of CIA's secret airforce in Laos during the Vietnam War has been fluffed up a tad too much. I would have hoped they would have kept the tone of the book which was a bit edgier; more like the film version of MASH. This version makes the "non-war" in Laos seem like a Disney World Ride. However Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr make it worth the price of admission. After you watch the flick track down the book for the REAL story.


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