In 1990, Gibson starred with a young Robert Downey Jr. in Air America, billed as a Vietnam War comedy—a genre that could only have been born of the 90s. It's about two civliian pilots employed by the CIA as part of a secret program, based on the real thing, that provided unofficial transportation of arms and goods into the country of Laos during the Vietnam War. Gibson's Gene Ryack character mostly performs pilot tricks, but he does get to rock a full-size Uzi 9mm. The Uzi was officially adopted by the Israeli Army in 1951. The CIA purchased Uzis from FN in Europe, and these were often issued to special forces types, and there a reports of them being used by CIA and Air America personnel, so its use in the film is pretty spot-on.