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Air America (1990)




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In this big-budget action comedy, Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. play two flyboys flying contraband to Laos during the Vietnam War. Gibson doesn't seem to care about anything but the "guts and glory" aspects of the job, but Downey has serious questions about the moral implications of their mission.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Eskow, Richard Rush
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 25, 2000
Live Home Video


Mel Gibson
as Gene Ryack
Robert Downey Jr.
as Billy Covington
Nancy Travis
as Corinne Landreaux
Ken Jenkins
as Major Donald Lemond
Lane Smith
as Sen. Davenport
Art LaFleur
as Jack Neely
David Bowe
as Saunders
Burt Kwouk
as Gen. Lu Soong
Sinjai Hongthai
as Gene's Wife
Natta Nantatani
as Gene's Daughter
Natta Nantatanti
as Gene's Daughter
Purin Panichpan
as Gene's Son
Yani Tramod
as Gene's Brother-in-La...
Chet Vimol
as Tribal Warrior
Ernie Lively
as Truck Driver
Burke Byrnes
as Recruiter
Wasan Uttamayodhin
as Nightclub Singer
Roger Welty
as Ambassador
Wasun Uttamayodhin
as Nightclub Singer
Meesak Naakkarat
as Nightclub Singer
Art La Fleur
as Jack Neely
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News & Interviews for Air America

Critic Reviews for Air America

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 10, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Air America

Just about remember seeing this ages ago. It was quite a funny film with a fair bit of action and 2 good male leads.

Dean King

Super Reviewer


Such an interesting take on the surrounding conflict in Vietnam. It manages to infuse buddy comedy flawlessly with a truly serious situation. Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. are as good a pair as you can find, they play off of each other like they had been best friends for life. The drug trade aspect is dealt with in a serious matter, but it does make the movie serious and it certainly doesn't lose its power as an action comedy. Visually, most people might be surprised by this. It's actually a lot more impressive than you'd expect.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


An awsome comedy that never gets old. A terifficly entertaining mixture of buddy comedy, adventure and black ops. Mel Gibson and Robert Downy Jr. have fantastic chemistry. This film has you falling down in laughter.

Al S

Super Reviewer

Air America Quotes

Billy Covington: How often do you guys go on a bender like this?
Babo: Bender? This isn't a bender, this is night-time!
– Submitted by Scott M (3 years ago)

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