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      Air America

      R Released Aug 10, 1990 1h 52m Action Comedy List
      13% Tomatometer 16 Reviews 34% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings Despite having just had his Los Angeles pilot's license revoked, Billy Covington (Robert Downey Jr.) is hired by Air America, a clandestine airline operating out of Laos run by the CIA. He soon discovers that his mission is to covertly transport illicit goods in and out of Southeast Asia and that his copilot will be the wild-flying Gene Ryack (Mel Gibson). But when Covington begins expressing doubt about the dubious morality of their operation, the two hotheaded pilots become at odds. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: D+ Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Entertainment Weekly Rated: D+ Aug 10, 1990 Full Review Rene Jordan El Nuevo Herald (Miami) Air America is irresponsible as it is confusing. [Full review in Spanish] Nov 11, 2022 Full Review Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com 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. Rated: D Aug 12, 2010 Full Review Rob Thomas Capital Times (Madison, WI) Everybody on-screen seems awfully bored. Rated: 1/5 Aug 31, 2006 Full Review Chuck O'Leary Fantastica Daily Rated: 3/5 Oct 8, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Stephen F It's not the most cerebral and the plot meanders, but it's a great flying-themed movie. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/02/23 Full Review Audience Member I had read the Book, so the movie was obviously a travesty! Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I'm a movie nerd but I don't have a movie nerd review I just like it and others that have seen it like it too. And regardless of what you take away from this movie you should watch it. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member A solid and underrated film with Gibson and Downey Jr. having fun. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review steve d Nothing new or especially interesting here. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member A Vietnam war era sitcom that never really takes off. Some funny scenes, but the Gibson-Downey Jr. team never really seems to blend. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Despite having just had his Los Angeles pilot's license revoked, Billy Covington (Robert Downey Jr.) is hired by Air America, a clandestine airline operating out of Laos run by the CIA. He soon discovers that his mission is to covertly transport illicit goods in and out of Southeast Asia and that his copilot will be the wild-flying Gene Ryack (Mel Gibson). But when Covington begins expressing doubt about the dubious morality of their operation, the two hotheaded pilots become at odds.
      Director
      Roger Spottiswoode
      Producer
      Daniel Melnick
      Screenwriter
      John Eskow, Richard Rush
      Distributor
      TriStar Pictures
      Production Co
      TriStar Pictures, Carolco Pictures Inc.
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Action, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 10, 1990, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 26, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $29.2M
      Runtime
      1h 52m
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Magnetic Stereo 6 Track
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