• Air America (1990)

Air America

Release Date: August 10th, 1990

DVD Release Date: March 17th, 1998

R |1 hr 52 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis, David Marshall Grant, Lane Smith, Ken Jenkins, Burt Kwouk, Art LaFleur

Director: Roger Spottiswoode

Genres: Action , Comedy

Production Co: TriStar Pictures, Carolco Pictures Inc.

Distributors: TriStar Pictures

Keywords: 1960s, Bar, Rivalry, Friendship, Brash, Madcap, Transformation, Soldier

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    TV Guide Magazine

    Air America comes on like a noisy, overproduced sitcom pilot. show more

  • 63
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    This is an amusing vehicle for Gibson. At least this time, the bird doesn't fall off the wire. [10 Aug 1990]

  • 38
    Jay ScottThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Air America, starring Mel Gibson's big blue eyes and Robert Downey, Jr.'s big brown biceps, is bland and toothless. [15 Aug 1990]

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