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The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, War | TV Movie 26 August 1995
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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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

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

Goofs

When the lead characters first meet on the train, the conductor has just announced Chicago as the stop. Yet immediately preceding we see the train has a Tallahassee & Albany engine pulling into a small town. Once they get underway, we see a Chicago and Northwestern engine pulling the train which would be geographically correct. See more »

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[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 »

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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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If this movie doesn't make you angry and then cheer something is wrong with you
3 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was 17 years old when I first saw this movie on HBO. I was enthralled by WWII history already at this point. This movie opened my eyes to a whole other area of history that was missing in the history books of the small 99.5% white town I grew up in. The challenges these hero's faced just to serve their country they so loved while a good percentage of the country loathed them is deserving of a decoration in and of itself. This is mostly what the movie focuses on. However, the record of the men of 332d is second to none; no other unit in WWII could boast that while escorting, they never lost a bomber. John Lithgow also plays a good bit-part in the movie. He is a much better actor than I because I could never play a part where I had to utter such bigoted garbage as he did in this movie. Laurence Fishburne and Andre Braugher deliver stellar performances as Hannibal Lee and the great military leader Benjamin O. Davis. This film is a definite must see for any WWII history fan and a great movie for everyone else. Too bad it was never released in the box office I think it would have faired well.


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