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Air America (1990)

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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Gene's Wife (as Sinjai Hongthai)
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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,064,480 (USA) (12 August 1990)

Gross:

$31,053,601 (USA)
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Trivia

The movie was originally developed around 1985, with Richard Rush at the helm as director. The film was intended to be the first comedy about Vietnam, but Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) beat it to the screens. Moreover, the Australian war movie about Vietnam, The Odd Angry Shot (1979), was a comedy. See more »

Goofs

The Laotian hill tribesman who holds Gene at gunpoint speaks the language of the Phou Kan hill tribe, which lives in the area around Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, not far inside Laos. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard Nixon: There are *no* American combat forces in Laos.
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Referenced in Savage Harvest 2: October Blood (2006) See more »

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Free Ride
Written by Dan Hartman
Performed by Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer
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sadly misunderstood movie
22 January 2006 | by (Canada) – 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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