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Air America (1990)

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A young pilot finds himself recruited unwittingly into a covert and corrupt C.I.A. airlift organization operating in Vietnam War-era Laos.

Director:

Roger Spottiswoode

Writers:

Christopher Robbins (book), John Eskow (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Gene
Robert Downey Jr. ... Billy
Nancy Travis ... Corinne Landreaux
Ken Jenkins ... Major Donald Lemond
David Marshall Grant ... Rob Diehl
Lane Smith ... Senator Davenport
Art LaFleur ... Jack Neely (as Art La Fleur)
Ned Eisenberg ... Pirelli
Marshall Bell ... O.V.
David Bowe ... Saunders
Burt Kwouk ... General Lu Soong
Tim Thomerson ... Babo
Harvey Jason ... Nino
Sinjai Plengpanich Sinjai Plengpanich ... Gene's Wife (as Sinjai Hongthai)
Natta Nantatanti 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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Genres:

Action | Comedy | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Lao

Release Date:

10 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Air America See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,064,480, 12 August 1990

Gross USA:

$31,053,601

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,461,269
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

The Laotian hill tribesman who holds Gene at gunpoint speaks the language of the Phou Kan hill tribe, which lives in the area around Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, not far inside Laos. See more »

Quotes

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

UK television screenings are usually missing the translation subtitles of Gene's conversation with the 'Hillbilly's' when he and Billy are captured shortly after the helicopter crash. The subtitles are present on both the R2 Optimum Home Entertainment DVD and Guild Home Video VHS releases. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Radar Secret Service (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Horse With No Name
Written by Dewey Bunnell
Performed by America
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No Brainer !
27 March 2009 | by andy-1978See all my reviews

Air America is an easy, fun, not hard to watch movie. I have seen it many times and find it an easy no brain. I can watch the movie and do other stuff at the same time and still catch the jokes and the plot. I like Robert Downey Jnr always and this movie is no exception. He gels really well with Mel Gibson. I am an actor and I would have loved to be cast in this movie. Love the scene where Robert Downey Jnr is asleep, hammered from the previous nights session on the booze when Mel Gibson flying his helicopter hooks him up while still asleep on garden furniture. Fab scene !

Give it a go. It now an old movie but a good one that seemed to have slipped through so many peoples viewing when it was released.

Great music !! I am a big fan of old soul and motown and this movie has some fab tunes.

What this movie on a crappy Wednesday night when there is nothing else on and not much to do and you will have a fun time.


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