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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

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Lao

Release Date:

10 August 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Air America: locos por el peligro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,064,480, 12 August 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$31,053,601
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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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Trivia

According to Wikipedia, "PepsiCo wanted the filmmakers to use a fictional soda, rather than show opium being refined at their abandoned factory. Therefore, the producers added a line about wondering if Pepsi knew what was going on." See more »

Goofs

When Gene and Billy bail from the helicopter, the sound of glass breaking can be heard. The UH-1 actually has a windshield made of plastic. See more »

Quotes

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

In the USA network version not only are most of the swears edited out, but also the reference to a "Jap" airstrip. The word "Jap", short for Japanese, was dropped due to fear of it possibly being interpreted as a racial slur. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Serial Mom (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Come Fly With Me
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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A fun, leave-your-brains-at-the-door movie
17 December 2003 | by Minority_ReportSee all my reviews

I regard this as a classic war movie! It's fun, good acting, more fun, and factually correct, well up to a point of course! What I like about it, and what I feel makes it original, is that not many films were made about Laos, and also its a cheerful take on war, pretty original for that too I'd say. A good movie i could watch again and again. Excellent music too! 5/5 stars.


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