5.8/10
26,299
51 user 29 critic

Air America (1990)

Clip
1:55 | Clip
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 »
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

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
Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An old flame discovers her ex-boyfriend from the past is a relocated FBI informant out to stop the bad guys.

Director: John Badham
Stars: Mel Gibson, Goldie Hawn, David Carradine
Forever Young (1992)
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

During a cryogenics test, a pilot frozen in 1939 awakes in 1992 but time is running out, as his body starts to age rapidly.

Director: Steve Miner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Elijah Wood
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A former L.A. drug dealer tries to go straight but his past and his underworld connections bring him into the focus of the DEA, the Mexican feds and the Mexican drug cartels.

Director: Robert Towne
Stars: Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell
Maverick (1994)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner
Ransom (1996)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Multimillionaire Tom Mullen decides to take matters into his own hands after his beloved son is kidnapped.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise, Rene Russo
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Chuck wants to leave home but can't make the grade for boarding school. Then he finds out the disfigured recluse living nearby is an ex-teacher.

Director: Mel Gibson
Stars: Mel Gibson, Nick Stahl, Margaret Whitton
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A taxi driver with a pension for conspiracy theories becomes a target after one of these theories turns out to be true. Unfortunately, to save himself, he has to figure out which theory it is.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Julia Roberts, Patrick Stewart
The River (1984)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A farming family battles severe storms, a bank is threatening to repossess their farm, and there are other hard times in a battle to save and hold on to their farm.

Director: Mark Rydell
Stars: Mel Gibson, Sissy Spacek, Shane Bailey
Payback I (1999)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After a successful heist, Porter is left for dead. Once he recovers, he seeks vengeance and wants his share of the money.

Director: Brian Helgeland
Stars: Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry, Maria Bello
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh pursue a former LAPD officer who uses his knowledge of police procedure and policies to steal and sell confiscated guns and ammunition to local street gangs.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.

Director: Tim Burstall
Stars: John Phillip Law, Mel Gibson, Sam Neill
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with deadly Chinese triads that are trying to free their former leaders out of prison and onto American soil.

Director: Richard Donner
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Action | Comedy | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The production rented twenty-six planes from the Thailand military for use in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When the helicopter holds his licence when it says suspended he holds it on the top left corner but in the next scene he is holding the bottom right corner. See more »

Quotes

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

Alternate Versions

On the R1 Special Edition DVD, all of the Vietnamese/Laosian translations between Gene and the locals are missing. See more »

Connections

Edited into No Tomorrow (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Pushin' Too Hard
Performed by The Seeds
Written by Sky Saxon
Published by Neil Music, Inc.
Produced by Sky Saxon & Marcus Tybalt
Courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
See more »

User Reviews

 
Way, way underrated movie
29 November 2009 | by rzajacSee all my reviews

Yeah, it's an "action flick"--lots of explosions, tough-guy posturing, bombast--but it also has depth.

If you like good writing, good scenario work, fine acting (including "minor" roles), and realpolitik, you could spend a far worse 90-odd minutes of an evening.

And seeing it reminds me of an amazing fact: Behind the macho action swagger of Gibson beats the heart of a truly great actor. And, I guess, the same has to be said for Downey; I watched this, in part, as a sort of "catch up" on his career after seeing Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Nice to see him in his nubile years, and realize that he has accomplished more *with* his personal issues in tow than some of us accomplish while living within conventional bounds of correctness.

And... Why does Downey always get these parts where he's the voice of down-home morality in a sea of squalor? Anyway: Check it out.


12 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 51 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Lao

Release Date:

10 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Air America See more »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed