Air America

Published May 22, 2021

Air America

Film info

  • Title Air America
  • Director Roger Spottiswoode
  • Year 1990
  • Run time 1hr 52m
  • Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Drama
  • Tagline The few. The proud. The totally insane.

Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr. are two renegade pilots ensnared in the madness of covert operations over Laos during the Vietnam conflict. They lead the crew of Air America, a not-so-secret airline that drops everything from live pigs to opium over villages throughout the Vietnam countryside. Join Mel, Robert and the crazy crew of wartime flyer in the funniest action-comedy since Lethal Weapon 2 and Good Morning Vietnam.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:37 Not many films can start with a parachuting pig.
7:03 “You and I aren’t here so this conversation didn’t happen, so I can’t remember what the fuck you didn’t tell me.”
11:27 How did they find him, are they just watching for people being suspended?
17:04 “I remember the whole conversation, he never mentioned losing toes.”
28:37 Silly suitcase man.
34:48 I’ll never complain about my alarm clock being a rubbish way to wake up again!
46:50 “I’m not gonna die dropping pigs from the sky.”
55:55 A couple of dings! Dude, that is not going to buff out.
1:00:08 Two plane crashes in one day is excessive.
1:10:37 So much of this film is ADR!
1:21:29 Watching a spot of dubbed I Dream of Genie there.
1:29:59 VSF. Very Severely F….
1:31:53 Plane inside a plane.
1:42:30 There’s a lesson there about putting all your guns in one basket. Plane.
1:46:18 The secret nature of everything does make consequences difficult.


Overall a pretty good film, I thought. Gibson and Downey Jr made a good duo, the situation was pretty rubbish but the bad guys seemed to get their comeuppance, and there were plane crashes that weren’t too hard to look at. Top notch.

The big downside to this movie is that it was supposed to be set in the 70s-ish, but it looked so firmly late 80s, like they didn’t even bother with historical accuracy. Not the end of the world though, a good way to pass a couple of hours.

Rating: 3 / 5

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