Propaganda movie may confuse younger viewers.
I picked out this DVD out of the cheepo bin at Walmart because the
cover showed one of the planes I flew during Viet-Nam (C-123k). I did
not fly for Air America, but knew being a C-123 pilot, I knew a lot who
did, including those who flew in my Reserve Unit back home. I am not a
movie critic, but wonder about the subliminal motivation of Directors
and Writers who make movies like this. The best part of this movie has
to go to the cameraman. The flying shots and stunts (although totally
cartoon like) are excellent. The movie begins with Hollywood's favorite
fall guy in 1969. But the fact is, Nixon did not start Air America, he
did not begin the lies. Johnson was responsible for Air America and
Nixon inherited the lies, the war, and Air America. Its not fair or
accurate to portray Nixon as a liar on the subject of Air America. All
President's have inherited the lies of their predecessors. Nobody smart
enough to fly a C-123 was dumb enough to not know what they were
joining. That makes the Downey character unbelievable. A C-123 was a
rugged airplane. It could easily fly on one engine, or the two
auxiliary jet engines. The three stooges shooting a duck with one shot
is more likely. Pilots who flew with Air America were civilian
employees of the CIA, they were not reckless soldiers of fortune. They
had a good reason to behave and believe in a future, if they survived
their extremely dangerous job. They were given double time towards a
retirement pension. They weren't required to sell dope or guns to get a
good pension. Dope was legal and a way of life in SEA, as it still is
today in Afganistan. If individual pilots tried to make money on the
side, it was not CIA policy. The CIA was fighting a war on communism,
not drugs. The writer based his story on "war stories". Pilots love to
BS anybody who will buy them a beer and listen. The writer and Director
who had an ax to grind about Viet-Nam and Nixon. See the movie, and
remember how it starts - it blames Nixon for what existed for years.
Remember, he didn't become President until Jan 20, 1969.
My favorite scene is the landing up hill in the jungle. Air America
pilots put planes in places the aircraft designers never thought
possible. Their were plenty of funny stories that could have been
shown. Instead, the Director chose to use the oversize rubber scene to
show how dumb the CIA was. This scene shows that the Director and
writer fell for some pilot bar talk and the joke is on them.
MDS Fort Valley Virginia..
faris1975 watch Striking Distance movie
its a funny film must watch.
mgcraven watch Kingdom Hospital movie
air america was based out of laos and was real-- funny and sad movie.
Giuseppe watch Hercules movie
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bobcat123 watch The Howling movie
Air America is a really good flicck.
RazorX watch Demon Hunter movie
Nice air america movie about america.
Really liked mel is this movie. One of his best performances when he was younger..
Air America is an early 1990s take on the Secret War in Laos. It features two pilots working for a CIA-front airline, who become troubled by the corruption involved in their clandestine work. Along the way, though, there is plenty of stunt flying, fast-paced wit, and danger. In the end, they have to make a decision: stay in the organization or get out..
robert downey jr. lo amoo .
kiss kiss bang bang - really cool movie with Robert Downey Jr. and Michelle Monaghan. It's a crazy comedy for everyone..
Awesome Soundtrack+ Mel and Robert + comedy/war + 30 viewings = bliss
Okay, there are two films for which I have my earliest memories of.
Star Wars, and Air America. Call my parents crazy, but for some reason
they let me watch this movie at the age of 3 and I have been watching
it ever since (30 or so times). I must admit, this makes my opinion
somewhat biased, especially since it has probably shaped me deeply
psychologically, which is a sad thought if you consider the topics of
drugs, war, and Robert Downey Jr. But thats not really what this movie
is about. It is a comedy with some decent action thrown in. The action,
like many war movies, acts as a backdrop for the comedy by showing how
crazy people become in war and what irony arises. It is about taking
life as it comes. It is about life\'s odd ironies in weird places, and
finding those for your own well-being. It is about having fun and
flying (which is probably one reason i have always been fascinated by
flight). It is about war. It is hilarious. It has an excellent
soundtrack, a perfect one in fact. Watch it if your in a mood for
having fun. Peace..