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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.

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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-Law
Chet Vimol
as Tribal Warrior
Ernie Lively
as Truck Driver
Wasan Uttamayodhin
as Nightclub Singer
Burke Byrnes
as Recruiter
Roger Welty
as Ambassador
Wasun Uttamayodhin
as Nightclub Singer
Meesak Naakkarat
as Nightclub Singer
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Critic Reviews for Air America

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2)

Air America never finds a righteous pace -- it's an expensive ghost town mood with two handsome leads spending their screentime mentally cashing their paychecks.

August 12, 2010 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Everybody on-screen seems awfully bored.

August 31, 2006 | Rating: 1/5

Full of action and Mel Gibson.

January 3, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

An interesting storyline, but it's mostly a waste of time.

September 27, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Gibson does what he can, but not even Olivier could salvage this one.

July 27, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Air America

Yeah. Buddy comedy that borrows heavily from the spirit of Altman's M*A*S*H, but unlike that classic ultimately could careless about the human cost of war. It cares about the charm and charisma of its leads, only neither brought any. Shots of planes and helicopters flying over mountainous jungle terrain remains.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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
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
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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