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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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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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

This film's opening preamble states: "This film is based on a true story." See more »

Goofs

The epilogue's claim that the 332nd never lost a bomber to enemy fire is inaccurate. The Group lost at least 27 bombers to enemy fire over the course of seven days, as confirmed on the Tuskegee Airmen's own website. See more »

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Young Hannibal: [chasing after biplane] Hey! Hey! Hey! Wait for me!
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Red Tails (2012) 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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HBO never ceases to impress me.
30 August 1999 | by (Spokane, Washington) – See all my reviews

HBO is by far the best at making original movies and shows. Tuskeegee Airmen is no exception, in fact it's my favorite movie from HBO pictures to date. Stunning acting and a fantastic script. My praise goes out to all involved in this film and I definately hope HBO continues it's long trend of fantastic films and series.


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