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Air America [Import]

Mel Gibson , Robert Downey Jr. , Roger Spottiswoode    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Air America is one of those movies that could have been great, and now maintains its low-key reputation as a typical Mel Gibson film in the wake of his first two Lethal Weapon hits. Originally conceived as a biting black comedy about the CIA's top-secret smuggling operation in Laos during the Vietnam war, Air America lost most of its political sting when it was transformed into an action comedy for Gibson and costar Robert Downey Jr. The film is entertaining as far as it goes, with a few action sequences that explain where a lot of the budget went. If you're in the mood for some Mel, this one is a little off the beaten path, and still contains a percentage of its original potential. --Jeff Shannon

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2.0 out of 5 stars Messy Air Jan. 5 2001
It starts off pretty well, then decides it doesn't want to be a Mash type of film but wants to be a big buddy buddy action flick. Yet it's not that either.
It winds up being a mess of uninspired satire, that has Mel Gibson spouting off a series of trying too hard to be funny one liners .
The story is about the CIA's secret drug smuggling for cooperation and arms in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam war. It can never decide if it's just a glib buddy buddy action film or satire with an edge and winds up being a crass over-produced failure. Robert Downey Jr. is enjoyable for a while but no one is given anything resembling a real character to play. And the parade of stereotypical characters, ethnic insults and missed opportunities becomes numbing after a while.
Chris Jarmick, Author of The Glass Cocoon with Serena F. Holder Available End of January 2001....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic June 29 2002
By A Customer
This movie is great. A good story, great acting, lots of adventure and comedy, and some touching moments of reflection. Note: There was a real Air America type of thing during the Vietnam war, but this is just a fun and interesting movie. Some interesting social commentary as well.
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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 an...in 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best depiction of Asian airdrop/STOL air landing Oct. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Better sold as aviation humor April 2 2001
I think the only reason I bought this movie once a long time ago was because I thought it would be neat to see Mel Gibson in an aviation flick. Although the story was a little weak and almost predictable it was still enjoyable. Most of the really funny stuff comes from the aviation humor packed into it, especially the hillside landing with the Dornier TurboPorter. Ever since seeing that I've wanted to see behind-the-scenes footage of the making of all these landings (or crash landings in most cases). Don't buy it if you're looking for a great addition to your collection, buy it if you have a little bit of knowledge on flying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great March 5 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
One of my favourite films. Gibson and Downey are fantastic. Action, humour and a great story. Brilliant, so get a copy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great to have on blu-ray Feb. 15 2010
By Cheryl TOP 100 REVIEWER
I've always enjoyed this dark Vietnam War comedy, and now thanks to blu-ray it looks better than ever. The writing and performances are worth a look-see, and it's hard to believe the film is now 20 years old (which makes the era now 40 years old). Politically, it seems to have a timeless quality. The blu-ray extra features seem to be the same as the dvd - a couple of original featurettes (almost too short to mention), but the Return Flight Retrospective, along with the audio commentary provide more info on the controversial fact-based material. Highly recommended. (4 1/2 stars)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie but poor DVD Feb. 7 2002
By Rafal
I think that this movie is very entertaining.Mel and Robert are really funny. I've seen this movie for the first time a long time ago on television. After reading few editorial reviews about picture quality I bought this dvd , they rated it 5 out of 5. I thought .. they are specialists in that subject. I was wrong . Picture quality in that movie isn't that good as they write. The most important thing is that colors are not bright at all and image isn't sharp.Sound quality is OK as for Dolby Surround track. If you love that movie buy it otherwise wait for another dvd release of that film.
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