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Air America [DVD] [1991]

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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Robert Downey Jr., Nancy Travis, Ken Jenkins, David Marshall Grant
  • Directors: Roger Spottiswoode
  • Writers: John Eskow, Christopher Robbins, Richard Rush
  • Producers: Allen Shapiro, Andrew G. Vajna, Daniel Melnick, John Eskow
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish, German
  • Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Turkish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish
  • Dubbed: German, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2002
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005IBAW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,352 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features
Trailer
Theatrical Trailer
Making of Air America
Photo Gallery
Subtitles: English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Turkish, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish
Languages: English Dolby surround, German stereo, Spanish mono

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With the USA mired in the Vietnam war, Gene Ryack (Mel Gibson) is a renegade pilot hired by the CIA to risk his life, airlifting supplies under-cover to indigenous forces battling the communists. Gene is sticking around just long enough to complete a personal gunrunning deal that will let him retire in comfort. However, his plans go astray when he is thrown together with new recruit Billy Covington (Robert Downey Jr.); young, rebellious and whose maverick flying has just lost him his job. Gene and Billy find themselves involved in an international conspiracy where their lives, and hundreds of others, depend upon their triumph in this covert war.

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Format: Blu-ray
Back in 1990, when Robert Downey Jr. was the crazy one everyone thought would self-destruct and people still liked Mel Gibson enough to use his name in a sentence without including the words Jews or meltdown, Air America was regarded as a huge disappointment both critically and commercially. Richard Rush's screenplay had long had a reputation as one of the all-time great unproduced scripts, promising M*A*S*H with plane crashes and biting satire in its tale of the pilots flying for the CIA's secret air force in Vietnam, while various A-listers circled it (at one time it was going to be a Sean Connery-Kevin Costner vehicle directed by Bob Rafelson). But, as Rush put it, the script got `loved to death,' going through heavy rewrites (so much so that Rush didn't even get first position credit on the finished film after being written a very large cheque to walk away) to make it `even better' and losing much of its bite along the way. Yet while it isn't the film it could have been, perhaps because big studio pictures have become so increasingly unambitious, a couple of decades on it looks a lot better, mixing crowdpleasing comedy, the odd spectacular crash and more black humour than it got credit for at the time.

Despite his top billing, Gibson's typically crazy gunrunning pilot isn't the lead. That honour goes to Downey Jr. as a disgraced traffic pilot who finds himself going from being the craziest person in the room to not even being in the running in a non-existent airline in a non-existent city regularly running opium shipments for Burt Kwouk's warlord to guarantee his military support for the US and fund his retirement plans to run a Holiday Inn in Southern California.
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Hugely dissappointing movie ! I was hoping it would be close to let's say RANSOM, not even nearby!!! I kept hoping it would get better, never did.One or two funny parts, that's it!! Good luck if you still decide to watch it....
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Mel at his best!! A must see in my opinion. Robert Downey Jnr is excellent and him and Mel work together well. There are some great one liners and it is just one of the funniest films ever. The helicopter crash never ceases to make me laugh and the version of "Horse With No Name" sung out of tune in the restaurant must be heard to be believed.
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Enjoyable and amusing with usual special effects fireworks. Gibson in good form and with some neat sniping at US non-involvement in Laos. An easy watch.
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Hugely funny, when it really shouldn't have been at all. It has worn well after multiple viewings.
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An easy going, not too serious film that you can chill out to
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Pilot hijinxs in the undeclared war of the Nixon era. Mel Gibson n a youthful Robert Downey Jr share real on screen chemistry. Burt Kwouk excels as a corrupt Lao general in league with rogue CIA operatives smuggling drugs.
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An in his prime Mel Gibson with an upcoming Robert Downey Jnr makes for the entertainment in this film.

Its definatley worth a watch but don't compare to either actors high flying films.
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