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Air America

113 min
Action | Comedy
IMDB rate:
Roger Spottiswoode
1 nomination
Country: USA
Release Date: 1990-08-10
Filming Locations: Santa Ventura Studios - 5301 North Ventura Avenue, Ventura, California, USA
Budget: $35,000,000
Opening Weekend: $8,064,480 (USA) (12 August 1990)
Gross: $31,053,601 (USA)SEK 4,123,359 (Sweden)
Mel Gibson
Nancy Travis
Corinne Landreaux
Ken Jenkins
Major Donald Lemond
David Marshall Grant
Rob Diehl
Lane Smith
Senator Davenport
Art LaFleur
Jack Neely
Ned Eisenberg
Marshall Bell
David Bowe
Burt Kwouk
General Lu Soong
Tim Thomerson
Harvey Jason
Sinjai Plengpanit
Gene's Wife (as Sinjai Hongthai)
Natta Nantatanti
Gene's Daughter
Purin Panichpan
Gene's Son
Yanee Tramoth
Gene's Brother-in-Law (as Yani Tramod)
Chanarona Suwanpa
Chet Vimol
Tribal Warrior
Wasun Uttamayodhin
Nightclub Singer
Meesak Nakarat
Nightclub Singer (as Meeson Macakharat)
Ernie Lively
Truck Driver
Burke Byrnes
Greg Kean
Roger Welty
John Ladalski
Air America Pilot (uncredited)
Richard Nixon
Himself (uncredited)
Did you know?
Sean Connery was originally attached to play the character of Gene Ryack which in the end was cast with Mel Gibson. Connery was deemed too expensive.
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First of two movies that actress Nancy Travis and actor Robert Downey Jr. have both appeared in. The second would be about two years later with Richard Attenborough's Chaplin (1992).
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The film was withdrawn from more than one hundred theaters in Germany when the Guld War started in January 1991.
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Ryack's hair during the conversation in the rain.
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When the right engine was hit by ground fire and was said to have lost oil pressure, it is doubtful that thrust could be maintained. With the extent of damage requiring fire extinguishers, it is most likely that it would have been feathered. This did not occur and during the landing sequence, it can clearly be seen that this engine is developing its usual thrust, the props both appearing to be turning as they would be when synchronized. Also if thrust were lost on that engine, a large amount of left rudder with about 3 degrees elevation of bank on the dead engine side would be required and none of this is seen in the film.
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Whilst flying the helicopter prior to, during and after rescuing Billy from the airstrip 'Tango 7', the yellow paint on the interior framing of the cockpit door to Ryack's right appears and disappears from shot to shot.
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Billy Covington: Jesus! Who the hell is shooting at us?
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Rob: I have to have coffee with Davenport tomorrow, what should I do then? I'll tell you what, I'll take him to the White Rose, I'll get him blown...
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Gene Ryack: I've seen things here that I could never possibly have imagined, and I've got a pretty broad imagination.
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Photos from cast
Robert Downey Jr. Michael Dudikoff