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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gene
... Billy
... Corinne Landreaux
... Major Donald Lemond
... Rob Diehl
... Senator Davenport
... Jack Neely (as Art La Fleur)
... Pirelli
... O.V.
... Saunders
... General Lu Soong
... Babo
... 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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The Few. The Proud. The Totally Insane. See more »

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Action | Comedy

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 August 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Air America: locos por el peligro  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Roger Spottiswoode replaced Bob Rafelson as director. See more »

Goofs

When the C123 comes to a halt after the crash at the Tango 7 Airstrip, a brief shot shows the main fuselage segment with the wrecked remains of the smaller blue/white plane that is crashed into it much later in the film. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Slaughter of the Innocents (1993) See more »

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Come Fly With Me
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn
Performed by Frank Sinatra
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No Brainer !
27 March 2009 | by See 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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