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

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 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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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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

Edited into Soldier Boyz (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress
Written by Roger Cook, Allan Clarke and Roger Greenaway
performed by Charlie Sexton
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Some pilots are willing to work anywhere to "slip the surly bonds of earth" ...
25 January 2002 | by psmoviemavenSee all my reviews

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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