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Air America [Blu-ray] (1990)

Mel Gibson , Jr. Robert Downey , Roger Spottiswoode  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Jr. Robert Downey, Nancy Travis
  • Directors: Roger Spottiswoode
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NPY7FY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,821 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When Billy Covington (Robert Downey, Jr.) accepts a job to fly planes in Laos, he expects to join a crew of civilian pilots flying in peaceful air zones. What he gets is Air America, a ragtag group of renegades dodging gunfire to run secret – and shady – missions for the CIA. As danger grows and the line between allies and enemies blurs, Billy turns to a wild and grizzled pilot named Gene Ryack (Mel Gibson). Together, Billy and Gene take a stand against the chaos and become something no one ever believed they could be: heroes.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best depiction of Asian airdrop/STOL air landing October 11, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
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.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars don't bother me while im colorin!!! June 7, 2002
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 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
Thumbs up^
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Air America March 6, 2010
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Another Great Movie by Mario Kassar & Andrew Vajna , I saw Air America when first released on Video & again on DVD with a good picture & sound and now even better on Blu Ray with a clearer picture & sound a well recorded Blu Ray with good acting especially by Mel Gibson & Robert Downey jr with action adventure and sence of humor .... Recommended .
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining Black Comedy on the War of Vietnam. January 15, 2002
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+.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun movie January 9, 2010
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This is a fun movie to watch. It takes great liberty with the real Air America. From the illegal drug factory in the town that does not exist to pigs falling from the sky, this movie with its adult language is not for all, but if you like Mel Gibson, you will like this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Blu-Ray Movie January 9, 2010
Seven dollar Blu-Ray movies motivated me to buy a Blu-Ray player and wow!!! I'm glad I did. Just wonderfull entertainment watching this movie in Blu-Ray and listening to the fabulous Blue-Ray enhanced sound track too. Lots of vivid explosive scenes and 7.1 sound. Even "Tricky Dicky" looked good. Go crank it up, you'll love it and laughs galore.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood - Not historical fact February 20, 2010
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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Would have been a 5, but they cut some stuff! July 22, 2004
Hey, the only GOOD review you get about a movie is your own. Don't want to go out on a limb and spend the money? Rent it first and then decide. I will say, it's got a great cast that works well together and an entertaining story.

OK, with that done, let's talk about the extras. They are informative without having to take a day out of your life to watch them. Well worth the few bucks to buy this new release. The audio and visuals are better.

As for not giving it 5 stars, they cut out the subtitled translation parts that were in the first release. Even with the subtitles turned on they don't show up. If the translations weren't correct, who cares, you would like to have an idea about what was going on. So don't think your going to buy this copy and off load your original. KEEP IT!

I spent 18 months in Thailand about the time this movie was suppose to represent. So besides being entertained, I enjoy just looking past what's going on and watching the people and sceenery.

P.S. Here's one for you Pink Panther fans. Burt Kwouk ... General Lu Soong is the actor who played Cato.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Vietnam Drama and Epic...
Great performance of Mel and Robert Downey, for my great movie, that could not miss in my collection ... thanks..
Published 11 days ago by Daniel Gio
5.0 out of 5 stars Just plain fun!
Gibson' Downey, airplanes, really, really bad guys. What more could you possibly want? Had it on VHS, had to get it for keeps on DVD.
Published 13 days ago by Boppa
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the usual for this type of film
This is a good vietnam-era film, lots of flying action and a nice change from the usual burned out "grunt" stereotype.
Published 17 days ago by homerba
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
ive always loved this im glad I found it again ,I would recommend it to others Mel Gibson an Robert downy jr are great.
Published 27 days ago by Chris Gagliardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Air America
Love Mel Gibson, we wore are VHS, and replaced it with A DVD, have watched this movie about 10 times now.
Published 2 months ago by Teresa L. Anthony
5.0 out of 5 stars great show
it was good to watch, brought back a lot of good memories. it was well worth the cost the charged
Published 3 months ago by CEOSR
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
It was in good condition good movie watch it over and over very funny. Would buy it again would recommend to other people.
Published 4 months ago by Victor E Alvis
4.0 out of 5 stars A blast to watch!
Another classic Mel Gibson film. Matching up with Robert Downey Jr. and a look into other ventures occurring during the Vietnam Conflict.
Published 4 months ago by Chris Vowles
5.0 out of 5 stars The True Vietnam War Story
Outstanding film - funny, tragic and true! Vividly details the deception and corruption supported by the U.S. during that tragic time.
Published 5 months ago by Arn Bugely
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun craziness of the Vietnam war
Comedy/drama about the CIA's "we don't exist" air force during the Vietnam war. An enjoyable cast keep this film moving along including a young, sober Robert Downey Jr... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ken
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