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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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Billy Roberts
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Lewis Johns
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Young Hannibal
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Tail Gunner
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Left Waist Gunner
Jack Dwyer ...
Operations Officer
James Field ...
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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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They Were Our Country's Best Defense ... And Its Greatest Glory. 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

When Cappy's plane starts to lose manifold pressure during training, the sky behind the planes is crystal clear and they are flying low. After the camera shows Cappy put down his goggles in preparation for landing, the next outside shot shows him flying through his high clouds. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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 »

Soundtracks

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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Surprisingly good movie
10 August 2001 | by (Oslo, Norway) – See all my reviews

Don't think this movie was ever very big in Europe, hadn't even heard the title of the movie before I saw it. I noticed Fishburne and fingured out it would be a movie worth watching. And I was not disappointed. The plot is excellent, taking place in a black pilot group during the World War. I think this might film gets a bit more realistic view on the not so glory sides of the US military, while still the 'weak' win. Excellent plot, excellent acting, definitly worth seing.


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