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Plot: 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. Runtime: 113 mins Release Date: 09 Aug 1990
Awesome Soundtrack+ Mel and Robert + comedy/war + 30 viewings bliss (by sismyth)
Okay, there are two films for which I have my earliest memories of. Star Wars, and Air America. Call my parents crazy, but for some reason they let me watch this movie at the age of 3 and I have been watching it ever since 30 or so times . I must admit, this makes my opinion somewhat biased, especially since it has probably shaped me deeply psychologically, which is a sad thought if you consider the topics of drugs, war, and Robert Downey Jr. But thats not really what this movie is about. It is a comedy with some decent action thrown in. The action, like many war movies, acts as a backdrop <more>
for the comedy by showing how crazy people become in war and what irony arises. It is about taking life as it comes. It is about life's odd ironies in weird places, and finding those for your own well-being. It is about having fun and flying which is probably one reason i have always been fascinated by flight . It is about war. It is hilarious. It has an excellent soundtrack, a perfect one in fact. Watch it if your in a mood for having fun. Peace.
NEVER GO BACK Art la Fleur Jack Neely Air America excellent advice classic rendition The film has a content that relates more to the 1960s era than perhaps may be understood at date 2005 but the significance is in the acting and the provision of lines apposite to the scheme throughout the work the casting best for the practise of the art and the consequence clearly defined The activity points to the effects that accrued during the later 1980 period and some of the problems recently faced but the issues still remain the same Never Go Back Do you know how to edit text as an able commentator who <more>
can derive from film both enjoyment and significant result, or just fill out forms with everybody expected to follow in the set pattern that agrees with your interpretation rather than the content and intent of the film as was set by the producers, relevant to the time and date and life of people who knew about events ? Mike Stagg
Air America is over 25 years old and it's still on my list of movies I watch regularly. It's not that I disagree with those who acknowledge its faults, because I aknowledge them too. The things that make me want to watch this film over and over are: The music, which is fabulous... The soundtrack is filled with great tunes, some of which are a little out of the period but it doesn't matter. It's great to hear Rick Derringer and Edgar Winter cover their own hit "Free Ride" and Bonnie Raitt & BB King do a great cover of Dr John's "Right Place, Wrong <more>
Time". And Charles Gross's score is a perfect fit for this film. The second thing that makes film so great is the cinematography. The flying stunts still hold up to today's CGI effects and they were all pulled off by real pilots. But cinematographer Roger Deakins makes it all so much better with some of the most beautiful shots I've seen. The way this film was photographed reminds me of the beautiful cinematography from David Lean and Jack Hildyard in "The Bridge on the River Kwai". Air American was filmed mostly on location in Thailand and the lush vegetation and rolling hills and mountains are stunning. Air America is the story of a couple of pilots who fly cargo and heroin for Air America, the CIA's wartime civilian airline during the war in Vietnam. Mel Gibson plays a seasoned veteran pilot and Robert Downy Jr. is the young, idealistic newcomer who stirs it all up. When it was released it drew harsh reviews from the big publications, mostly because according to the reviews it tried to poke fun at, and perhaps dishonor the real life pilots of Air America. Putting politics aside I never thought this film dishonored the Air America pilots. The film's main weakness is the thin plot based on real events . The acting is great. Downey and Gibson have great chemistry, and the supporting actors/actresses are also spot on. It cost over $35 million to make this film and every penny is seen on the screen. Unfortunately it never caught on at the box office and only grossed $32 million worldwide . The acting, stunt flying, music and cinematography make it worth multiple viewings, even if you don't understand the plot or find it hard to relate to the characters. If you can watch it in this context, you might love it too.
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 <more>
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.
Yeah, it's an "action flick"--lots of explosions, tough-guy posturing, bombast--but it also has depth.If you like good writing, good scenario work, fine acting including "minor" roles , and realpolitik, you could spend a far worse 90-odd minutes of an evening.And seeing it reminds me of an amazing fact: Behind the macho action swagger of Gibson beats the heart of a truly great actor. And, I guess, the same has to be said for Downey; I watched this, in part, as a sort of "catch up" on his career after seeing Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Nice to see him in his nubile <more>
years, and realize that he has accomplished more *with* his personal issues in tow than some of us accomplish while living within conventional bounds of correctness.And... Why does Downey always get these parts where he's the voice of down-home morality in a sea of squalor? Anyway: Check it out.
It's not Citizen Kane I admit but it's really good fun (by trevorwomble)
There are two reasons to watch this film, Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. Both effortlessly carrying a fun but not exactly deep film supposedly based on a true-ish story.The cast in general makes this film about civilian pilots in the Vietnam warvworth watching. It's a more comic version of the cycle of Vietnam pics Hollywood was knocking out on the late 80s but from a different perspective, being respectful to the war without being preachy. It's amusing in spots and some of the dialogue is actually really well written as it has an honest truth to the absurdity of what was really <more>
going on.I found this a refreshing take on the other Vietnam war stories of the period. Both the leads are immensely likeable anti-heroes, with their own reasons for being caught up in the conflict. Mel Gibson can make any script watchable such is his screen charm and acting talent. Same goes for Robert Downey Jr, and these two talented but troubled souls work well as a team. Mel Gibson was at his peak as a film actor in the late 80s, turning any film he was in into a watchable one. Downey shows great talent as well although his star was still rising. That he was able to bounce back so brilliantly from the troubles that followed him in the years after this film is testimony to his ability. So you can see why they had such chemistry between them here.On another note, Roger Spotiswoode is a competent if unflashy director anyway and this film doesn't do him any harm. But it's the cast who keep this film bubbling along, even the supporting actors are well cast.
Ditch the collective-guilt syndrome and give it an unbiased eye. (by ianlouisiana)
Here in the UK we have Harold Wilson to thank for refusing to send our soldiers to Vietnam.There are many reasons to consider Wilson,along with Blair both "socialists",the worst prime minister of the 20th century,but this single action will prevent him as opposed to Blair topping that particular poll.He rightly considered America's south east Asia policy to be none of our concern and propitiously declined to be involved in it. The obvious corollary to that statement you can fill in for yourself. That is not to say that the average Brit in 1969 was anything like anti - <more>
American.As usual the lunatic fringe made the most noises,stormed the embassy,threw marbles at police horses and generally alienated the very people they should have been trying to get onside. All of this is perhaps a rather long - winded way of demonstrating that Post - Vietnam guilt is not part of our culture,although heaven knows we understand post - colonial guilt well enough. Therefore we can watch movies about the Vietnam war with far more detachment than the Americans who appear to feel the need to apologise for the miscalculations of long - gone presidents and ignore the traumas of the veterans who were conscripted - many against their will,most against their better judgement - to fight in a desperately hostile and alien environment.These men I salute,the apologists I disdain. "Air America" is a very fine movie showing how men involved in conflict take what comfort they can,when they can,in any way they can.From the safety of our cinemas and living rooms we can scorn them and the way they live and think ourselves terribly liberal and morally perhaps even intellectually superior to these grunts,but perhaps we should remember that a liberal is just a fascist who hasn't been mugged. There are no starry - eyed idealists in modern war.The last ones perished in the Trenches - the pilots employed by the CIA were pragmatic skilled professionals who took risks only when no other option was open to them.They flew what they were told to fly and carried what they were told to carry.They didn't spend a lot of time agonising over what they were doing.It is this aspect of their lives that the movie concentrates on.Mr M.Gibson as the vet and Mr R.Downey jr. as the FNG are both excellent,particularly the former,who,along with Mr A.LaFleur acts as though he actually knows how to fly a plane. Sometimes strange and ostensibly undesirable alliances are made in war and I have no doubt the CIA dealt with Vietnamese Army officers and other officials using the most viable currency available - and if that turned out to be drugs,well,so be it.No amount of post - conflict hand wringing is going to make an iota of difference. "Air America" tells it's story straightforwardly and doesn't back away from historical facts,if you want to see history re-written with the benefit of hindsight watch Michael Moore. The soundtrack is entirely aposite and the movie contains the campest version of "A horse with no name" you could hope for. This is a very under -rated movie and one that future generations freed from tunnel vision will see and recognise accordingly.
The first time I saw this movie I was 12, and i loved it!Now i am 22 and i still love it! Its one of those movies you can see over and over again, and never get bored. Its packed with flying action and humor.I must however admit that I am one of those people who actually enjoy flying MS flight-simulator, which makes me a plane geek I guess. But if you love to fly flight-simulators you will probably love this movie as much as I do. The story is also good, and Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. does a great job as death defying pilots! All in all, this is great fun! watch it!