When a multimillionaire man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then turns the tables on the kidnappers when he uses the ransom money as a reward for the capture of the kidnappers.
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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
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Robert Downey, Jr. despised his experience making this film in Bangkok, Thailand, and has vowed never to return to the country ever again for as long as he lives. See more »
When Billy is haranguing the truck driver on the freeway, the drive hears Billy over the radio. However, we clearly here the truck driver over the helicopter's radio. It would be nearly impossible to hear the truck driver over the helicopter noise, even standing next to him. Billy wouldn't be able to hear him at all in cockpit, much less have his microphone pick up the driver's cursing with almost no background noise. See more »
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 »
Some pilots are willing to work anywhere to "slip the surly bonds of earth" ...
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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