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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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Action | Comedy

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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

First of two movies, in which Mel Gibson and Robert Downey, Jr. have starred together. The second being The Singing Detective (2003). See more »

Goofs

When Gene flies over to pickup the passed-out Billy, he is clearly heard at 50-100 feet altitude over the blade noise, even though he isn't shouting. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard Nixon: There are *no* American combat forces in Laos.
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sadly misunderstood movie
22 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

I just watched this movie for the first time. I find it truly sad that this story was turned into a comedy, and not even recognizably a dark comedy like Catch-22 or M*A*S*H. The premise of the movie is true, and had it been a documentary, one would expect a certain amount of disbelief and horror to be expressed about its subject; this does not seem to be the case. I will watch this movie many more times in my life, so that I will never forget that governments ( of all countries ) really don't care about the people of the world, just about their own bottom line. The next time you watch this movie, please pay attention to the "were are they now" type section just before the closing credits, and see just how scary and prophetic it was ( the movie was made in 1989 for goodness sake ) and think about someone like Colonel Oliver North and his contribution to the American war effort.


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