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The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | History | War  -  26 August 1995 (USA)
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The true story of how a group of African American pilots overcame racist opposition to become one of the finest US fighter groups in World War II

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Walter Peoples
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Leroy Cappy
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Lt. Glenn (as Courtney Vance)
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Benjamin O. Davis
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Major Joy (as Chris McDonald)
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Col. Rogers
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Senator Conyers
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Tail Gunner
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Storyline

During the Second World War, a special project is begun by the US Army Air Corps to integrate African American pilots into the Fighter Pilot Program. Known as the "Tuskegee Airman" for the name of the airbase at which they were trained, these men were forced to constantly endure harassement, prejudice, and much behind the scenes politics until at last they were able to prove themselves in combat. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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The right spirit. The right attitude. The wrong color. See more »

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Drama | History | War

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong war violence | See all certifications »

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26 August 1995 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The character Lewis Johns (Mekhi Phifer) recites "Strange Fruit" to his fellow recruits to describe lynchings in the South in the first half of the 20th century. "Strange Fruit" is a song sung by Billie Holiday from 1939 which in turn was a poem written by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish teacher in The Bronx in 1936, under the pen name of Lewis Allen, after he witnessed the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana, in that year. See more »

Goofs

After the initial engagement in Italy, the bomber pilot is asking another officer the identity of the fighter planes with the distinctive tail markings. This conversation is happening at night. The next scene shows some of the fighter pilots walking away from their planes celebrating the mission. It's daytime. Both conversations would have happened immediately after the planes landed. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Hannibal: [chasing after biplane] Hey! Hey! Hey! Wait for me!
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Connections

Featured in 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1996) See more »

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Straighten Up and Fly Right
Written by Nat 'King' Cole and Irving Mills
Used by permission of EMI Mills Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Master used by permission of EMI Music Publishing
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An Emotionally Charged Look at the African-American History
22 May 2000 | by (Arlington, Texas) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that should be viewed by all Americans interested in seeing a slice of Americana which has for so long been ignored. Most will identify with the raw emotion evoked by the plight of these brave and talented men. Black Americans will be moved to tears as we are reminded of what those trailblazers overcame so that future Black soldiers, airmen and every day citizens could take their rightful place in American society, proud of their past and heritage. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the Tuskegee Airmen. This movie makes it clear why.


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