Air America is one of those movies that could have been great, and now maintains its low-key reputation as a typical Mel Gibson film in the wake of his first two Lethal Weapon hits. Originally conceived as a biting black c... more »omedy about the CIA's top-secret smuggling operation in Laos during the Vietnam war, Air America lost most of its political sting when it was transformed into an action comedy for Gibson and costar Robert Downey Jr. The film is entertaining as far as it goes, with a few action sequences that explain where a lot of the budget went. If you're in the mood for some Mel, this one is a little off the beaten path, and still contains a percentage of its original potential. --Jeff Shannon« less
"This is a movie about air delivery: airdrop by parachutes, and amazing short field landings by STOL aircraft like the amazing Pilatus TurboPorter and the larger C-123. If you like Airborne things, this movie is for you, its funny and upbeat compared to your typical Vietnam movie and in a way does greater honor to the courage of the pilots who lived on the edge while flying these hairy missions. The TurboPorter landing on the side of the mountain makes the whole movie worthwhile...add to it '60s music and sexy Nancy Travis, what more do you want? I find this movie far more interesting than the Lethal Weapon series, so it soars in my book as one of Mel Gibson's best movies."
Don't bother me while im colorin!!!
william m.goodwin | L.A. | 06/07/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Air America was the United States "airforce" stationed in Laos
during the Vietnam war aiding our allies (amongst other things)
Mel Gibson plays veteran air american Gene Ryback and Robert Downey plays Billy Covington the FNG to the outfit.(He ends up being recruited in the states by a fast talking agent of the CIA after he (Downey) is grounded for being an...in the air.
The Film explores the adventures and antics..or hi-jinks as the pencil necked air america geek notes of t he pilots. Which includes drunken whorehouse parties, target practice with silencers on a miniature golf course and my favorite, gun running and landing an aircraft on a mountain.
A serio-comic movie it delivers the goods and was is enjoyable to watch
An entertaining Black Comedy on the War of Vietnam.
Christian Pelchat | Canada. | 01/15/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When a Rookie Pilot (Robert Downey Jr.) got fired from his job. Now he`s been hired by the U.S. Army to be sent in Vietnam in the Jungles of Loas. When he meets his new partner in Piloting (Mel Gibson) but the Two are Cross fired between U.S. Missions and Behind Enemy Lines.Directed by Roger Spottiswoode (The Best of Times, The Sixth Day, Terror Train) made This winning underrated comedy was a Box Ofiice Hit in the Summer of 1990. Gibson and Downey Jr. delivers good comic performances in this adventure comedy. Originally meant to be a Darker Comedy. Super 35. Grade:B+."
Hollywood - Not historical fact
bigfoodogs | 02/21/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As a child I lived in Laos. My father worked for Continental Airways and I have a particular interest in this part of our history. Air America is entertaining but grossly misrepresents the drug situation. My father hates this movie. The drug focus is all wrong and misrepresents history. The public knows so little about the Secret War in Laos so it is a shame that the producers made the focus of the movie about profiteers and drugs. This was far from the truth. Air America does have a good special feature called "Return Flight-revisiting Air America" that discusses the controversy of the film. They discuss both view points on the drug issue. This is worth watching along with some of the other special feature segments."
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Dwight G. Dodd | usa so. calif | 05/18/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I gall my dvd's within a week and the functioned perfectly.I would not hesitate to order again...............Thanks"