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26 August 1995 (USA) See more »
The right spirit. The right attitude. The wrong color. See more »
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 Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Laurence Fishburne ... Hannibal Lee

Allen Payne ... Walter Peoples

Malcolm-Jamal Warner ... Leroy Cappy

Courtney B. Vance ... Lt. Glenn (as Courtney Vance)

Andre Braugher ... Benjamin O. Davis

Christopher McDonald ... Major Joy (as Chris McDonald)

Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Col. Rogers

John Lithgow ... Senator Conyers

Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Billy Roberts

Mekhi Phifer ... Lewis Johns
Christopher Bevins ... Young Hannibal

Eddie Braun ... Tail Gunner

Max Daniels ... Left Waist Gunner
Jack Dwyer ... Operations Officer
James Field ... Conductor

Vivica A. Fox ... Charlene (as Vivica Fox)

Bennet Guillory ... Hannibal's Father
David Harrod ... White Pilot #1

Brett A. Jones ... Right Waist Gunner (as Brett Jones)
Johnny Judkins ... White Pilot #2
Tim Kelleher ... Lt. Wesley - B17

Doug Kruse ... Walter's Instructor

Ed Lauter ... General Stevenson
Barry Lehman ... German Prisoner

Janet MacLachlan ... Hannibal's Mother

Allen McCormick ... Lewis' Instructor
Willie Minor ... Black Prisoner
Perry Moore ... Reggie Newton

Rosemary Murphy ... Eleanor Roosevelt

Marco Perella ... Col. Sirca
David Pickens ... Gang Boss
William Earl Ray ... Tank
Rick Snyder ... Chairman Cassidy
Allen R. Stokes ... Drill Sergeant

Ned Vaughn ... Capt. Butler - B-17
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Graham Jarvis ... Senator (uncredited)
John Lizzi ... Senator at Hearing (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Markowitz 
Writing credits
Paris Qualles (teleplay) and
Trey Ellis (teleplay) and
Ron Hutchinson (teleplay)

Robert Williams (story) and
T.S. Cook (story)

Produced by
Carol Bahoric .... co-producer
Bill Carraro .... producer
Frank Price .... executive producer
Robert Williams .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Lee Holdridge 
Cinematography by
Ron Orieux (director of photography) (as Ronald Orieux)
Film Editing by
David Beatty 
Casting by
Robi Reed  (as Robi Reed-Humes)
Production Design by
Christiaan Wagener 
Art Direction by
Russell J. Smith  (as Russell Smith)
Set Decoration by
Ernie Bishop  (as Ernest Bishop)
Costume Design by
Ileane Meltzer 
Makeup Department
Stacye P. Branche .... key makeup artist (as Stacye Branche)
Denise Fischer .... makeup artist
Rebekah Irwin .... barber
Vicki Jones .... makeup artist: aerial unit (as Vickie L. Jones)
Steve Marshall .... makeup artist
Nadyne Peoples .... key hair stylist
Dana Tanner .... makeup artist: aerial unit
Production Management
Bill Carraro .... unit production manager
David R. Elliott .... post-production supervisor
Donald C. Klune .... unit production manager: aerial unit
Lulu Zezza .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kevin LaRosa .... second unit director: aerial unit
B. Scott Senechal .... first assistant director: aerial unit (as Scott Senechal)
Bruce A. Simon .... first assistant director
Donald Sparks .... second assistant director (as Donald L. Sparks)
Lawrence M. Wagner .... second second assistant director (as Larry Wagner)
Art Department
Chuck Askerneese .... first assistant props
James Blair .... carpenter
Gene Bowen .... carpenter
Derek Broes .... props: aerial unit (as Derek 'Bent' Broes)
Paul Burnham .... carpenter laborer
James Cripps .... greensman (as James W. Cripps)
Justin J. Cripps .... swing gang
Jeff Crowe .... stand-by scenic
Michael T. Daigle .... lead scenic
Linda Gann .... scenic artist
Albert Gentile .... carpenter laborer
Sabina Gentile .... scenic artist
Allison Gobbell .... painter
Ali Gobelle .... stand-by scenic
David A. Goffe II .... carpenter laborer
Tonya S. Holly .... construction production assistant (as Tonya Suzanne Holly)
Ross Hurley .... swing gang
Noah Hutchison .... assistant propmaker
Ronald O. Jaynes .... construction coordinator
Airick Kredell .... leadman: dayplayer
Suzanne Lapick .... property master (as Suzanne LaPick)
Madlyne Marcom .... assistant art director (as Madelyne Marcom)
Vincent D. Marra .... carpenter
Patrick J. Martin .... lead carpenter
Kim McClees .... props
Kim McClees .... props: aerial unit
Dave Meyers .... mock-ups
Walt Mikolwski .... foreman (as Walter Mikowlski)
Mark Mills .... swing gang (as Mark 'Maverick' Mills)
Kristie Pfeffinger .... scenic artist
Kenneth Michael Pyle .... swing gang
Tom Reta .... assistant art director (as Thomas C. Reta)
Jennifer Sauer .... storyboard artist
Sue Savage .... set designer
Charles Scaife .... on-set dresser (as Charles G. Scaife II)
Ricky B. Stecyk .... leadman (as Rick 'Flintstone' Stecyk)
Mary Louise Stoughton .... art department coordinator
Hanna Strauss .... storyboard artist
Raymond Thibault .... scenic artist
Melanie Thomas .... scenic artist
Donald Thompson .... swing gang
Scott Visalli .... swing gang
Shelley A. Wallace .... second assistant props (as Shelley Wallace)
Shana Yarborough .... carpenter laborer
Jim Yellow Eagle .... propmaker
Sound Department
Nick Alphin .... sound re-recording mixer
Wayne Artman .... sound re-recording mixer
Veda Campbell .... sound mixer
Scott C. Evans .... boom operator
G. Michael Graham .... supervising sound editor
Robert L. Harman .... sound re-recording mixer (as Robert Harman)
David Hill .... sound intern
Kristi Johns .... supervising adr editor
Andre King .... cable puller
Jon Oh .... sound mixer: aerial unit (as Jon Kuk Young Oh)
Dean St. John .... adr recordist
J.R. Westen .... adr mixer
Bill Bell .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tim Chilton .... foley artist (uncredited)
Bob Costanza .... sound editor (uncredited)
Mike Dickeson .... sound editor (uncredited)
Paul Drenning .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Mark Friedgen .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tommy Goodwin .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Anton Holden .... sound editor (uncredited)
Michael Lyle .... sound editor (uncredited)
Gary Macheel .... sound editor (uncredited)
Joe Melody .... co-supervising sound editor (uncredited)
Jill Schachne .... foley artist (uncredited)
Mark Steele .... sound editor (uncredited)
Richard S. Steele .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tim Terusa .... sound editor (uncredited)
Darren Wright .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Leslie Amos .... special effects assistant
Fred Cramer .... special effects coordinator
Ken Estes .... special effects foreman
Jack R. White .... special effects assistant
Patrick R. Wroughton .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Bill Hansard .... projection scenes (as Billy Hansard)
Larry Jolly .... models
John R. McConnell .... Domino artist (as John McConnell)
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... digital effects supervisor (as Raymond McIntyre Jr.)
Michael Muscal .... visual effects supervisor
Charlie Tang .... Domino artist
Billy Williams .... visual effects coordinator
Reid Paul .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Vandy Anderson .... crew: B-17 unit
Tony Brubaker .... stunt coordinator
Brent Burditt .... stunts
Michael D. Burke .... stunt co-pilot: B-17
Ladd Doctor .... stunt pilot: Me-109
Lee Donham .... stunt pilot: AT-6/Stearman (as Lee R. Donham)
Thomas E. Gregory III .... crew: B-17 unit
Thomas Matthew Jackson .... stunt pilot: P-51
Trevor C. Jones .... crew: B-17 unit
Kevin LaRosa .... stunt coordinator: aerial stunts
Jimmy Leeward .... stunt pilot: P-51 (as James K. Leeward)
John Loerch .... stunt pilot: ferry, Stearman
Dan Martin .... stunt pilot: P-51
Alden H. Miller .... stunt pilot: PT-17
James W. Milon .... stunts
Edward J. Modes .... stunt pilot: AT-6
Leeman Pior .... mechanic: B-17 unit crew
Ralph Royce .... stunt pilot: B-17
Cliff Shirpser .... stunt pilot: AT-6 (as Clifford G. Shirpser)
Art Vance .... stunt pilot: P-51
Dan Vance .... stunt pilot: P-51
Leslie Walters .... stunts
Bob Younkin .... stunt pilot: Travel Air 4000 & AT-6
Camera and Electrical Department
Lindy Alsobrooks .... key grip (as Lindy L. Alsobrooks)
L. Brian Blagowsky .... electrician (as Brian 'Bulldog' Blagowsky)
Robert D. Bowers .... grip
Richard Lloyd Boyett .... electrician
David L. Butler .... director of photography: aerial unit
Jeffrey R. Clark .... first assistant camera
Sean Doyle .... camera operator
Randy Feemster .... camera operator: "b" camera
Randy Feemster .... camera operator: aerial unit
Bob Fox .... gaffer
Douglas S. Holgate .... assistant camera
Douglas S. Holgate .... first assistant camera: aerial unit (as Doug Holgate)
Frank M. Holgate .... director of photography: aerial unit (as Frank Holgate)
Steve Holgate .... first assistant camera: aerial unit
Dian Horton .... second assistant camera (as Dian K. Horton)
Steve Jackman .... first assistant camera: aerial unit (as Steven Jackman)
John Janusek .... key rigging grip (as John 'Beef' Janusek)
John Janusek .... key rigging grip: aerial unit
Mark L. Johnson .... loader: aerial unit
Danny McCallum .... best boy electric (as Danny MacCallum)
Michael C. Price .... rigging best boy grip
Bradford Reed .... additional second assistant camera (as P. Bradford Reed)
Tim Risch .... second assistant camera: aerial unit
Frank Shields .... aerial unit: Stearman ferry pilot
Lynn Smith .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Lynn L. Smith)
Scott Sprague .... rigging best boy (as Scott J. Sprague)
D. Stevens .... still photographer
Pernell Youngblood Tyus .... camera operator
Ric Urbauer .... best boy grip
Ross Warren .... rigging gaffer
Ross Warren .... rigging gaffer: aerial unit
George Wells .... dolly grip
Toby White .... second assistant camera: aerial unit
Darryl Wilson .... grip
Steve Francis .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Debbie Blair .... extras casting associate
Brent Burditt .... extras casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Ricki Maslar .... extras casting
Angela Ortiz .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Craig Anthony .... wardrobe supervisor
Heidi Kure .... set costumer
Heidi Kure .... wardrobe: aerial unit
John Thiele .... costumer
Scott Tomlinson .... assistant costume designer
Kaye Wise .... additional costumer
Editorial Department
Shana Bacal .... post-production intern
Clay Cambern .... assistant editor
Susie Fredrickson .... post-production assistant (as Susan L. Fredrickson)
Charlotte Grau .... telecine colorist
Bob McMillian .... color timer
Ken Poteat .... apprentice editor
Z. Jean Woods .... first assistant editor
Susan Heick .... additional assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Frank Capp .... music coordinator
Gary Gray .... music recordist
Ira Hearshen .... orchestrator
Mark Heyes .... music editor
John 'Wheels' Hurlbut .... assistant scoring engineer
Stan Jones .... music editor
Gary Gray .... score engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Loren Bess .... driver
Jon Carpenter .... transportation coordinator
Kevin Cortez .... driver (as Kevin M. Cortez)
J. Armin Garza II .... insert car driver: aerial unit
Chris Gorden .... driver
Shane Greedy .... transportation captain
Steve Howard .... driver (as Steven J. Howard)
John A. Mulson Jr. .... driver
R. Kenneth Murray .... driver
Joy Perezchica .... driver
Davis M. Pryor .... transportation: aerial unit (as David Pryor)
James Samuel .... driver
Jim Sgrignoli .... driver
Mary La Ree Sgrignoli .... driver (as Mary Laree Sgrignoli)
Eric Stanford .... driver
Nick Stavrow .... driver (as Nick Stavrow Jr.)
Tom Stillman .... transportation co-captain
Jim Stirwalt .... driver
Allen Strockbine .... driver: honeywagon
Michelle Weaver .... driver
Richard Weaver .... driver
Warren Welsh .... driver
Other crew
Kathy Alsobrooks .... paramedic (as Kathy Alsobrooks R.N.)
Richard W. Barnes III .... military trainer (as Sgt. Richard W. Barnes III)
Kurt N. Beatty .... production assistant
Benita Brazier .... script supervisor
Sally Bryant .... assistant: Ms. Bahoric
Max Burnett .... key set production assistant: aerial unit
Max Burnett .... production assistant
Clay Cambern .... plate preparation
Natalie Canerday .... production secretary
Lisa Castleberry .... production assistant
Linda Dorn .... stock footage: Larry Dorn & Associates
Matthew B. Doyle .... production assistant
Michael F. Dunn .... craft service (as Michael Dunn)
Bob Enriquez .... assistant accountant
Paul Franklin III .... craft service: aerial unit
James Gierman .... location manager
Dawn Gilliam .... script supervisor: aerial unit
Chris Gray .... talent coordinator (as Christopher Gray)
Hilton A. Green .... production consultant (as Hilton Green)
Holly Hamrick Yeatman .... assistant location manager
John Horton .... government relations: Horton Associates (as John E. Horton)
Karla Ingebretsen .... assistant coordinator: aerial unit
Miriam Holder Jacobs .... production coordinator
Jerry Jaffe .... location manager
Shawn Jorgensen .... production assistant
Kyanosh K-Nejad .... production assistant
Shannon Kelly .... assistant accountant
Kimberly Koenen .... assistant: Mr. Price
Paul Marcus .... location supervisor
Omneya 'Nini' Mazen .... production associate
Ellen McDonald .... production accountant
David G. McKnight .... assistant location manager
Nancy Morrison Cook .... paramedic
Maureen Murphy .... tape-to-tape transfer
Tracy E. Paddock .... assistant production coordinator
Nilda Pergola-Jensen .... stock footage: March Airforce Base (as Nilda Jensen)
Diana Petras .... assistant: Mr. Carraro
Roger Poirier .... craft service: aerial unit (as Roger J Poirier)
Deborah Ricketts .... researcher: archival film
Jay Roberts .... assistant: Mr. Fishburne
Mia Ross .... production assistant
Ann Marie Sanderlin .... production assistant
Brant Seghetti .... set production assistant: aerial unit
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant coordinator: aerial unit (as Clifford Shirpser)
Cliff Shirpser .... safety: aerial unit (as Clifford Shirpser)
Raymond G. Smith .... government relations: Horton Associates
Shawn Suttles .... assistant: Mr. Gooding (as Sean Shuttles)
David N. Sweatt .... military trainer (as Sgt. David N. Sweatt)
Karyn J. Taylor .... assistant: Mr. Markowitz
Jo Yellow Eagle .... production assistant
Cathy Ziehl .... production secretary
Michelle Colbert .... production coordinator (uncredited)
William Brett Haas .... location scout (uncredited)
Rugg Williams .... adr voice (uncredited)
Branko Wohlfahrt .... weapon specialist (uncredited)
Mary Nell Clark .... special thanks: Oklahoma Film Office
The Henderson Family .... special thanks: Ft. Smith, Arkansas
Mitchell E. Marovitz .... we gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of: Army Office of Public Affairs, Los Angeles Branch (as Lieutenant Colonel Mitchell E. Marovitz)
Thomas McCollum .... we gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of: military coordinator/technical advisor (as Major Thomas D. McCollum)
Suzy Lilly Saettele .... special thanks: Arkansas Film and Development Office
Philip M. Strub .... we gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of: Department of Defense liaison

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong war violence
106 min
Black and White | Black and White (archive footage) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:12 | Singapore:PG | UK:15 (video premiere) | USA:PG-13

Did You Know?

This film's closing epilogue states: "The 15th Air Force delivered a massive and successful raid on Berlin. The 332nd [Fighter Group] shot down three German jet fighters, the first jet planes of the war . . . Between May 1943 and June 1945 [,] 450 Tuskegee Airmen were awarded more than 850 medals. Sixty-six Tuskegee Airmen died in battle. The 332nd Fighter Group never lost a single bomber to enemy action."See more »
Continuity: When the 99th gets Ramitelli, Hannibal has 2 swastikas and Train has 1 kill. They each get a kill when they discover a straggling bomber. It is reported that HQ confirmed the kills. The next time they are in the air and find a destroyer, each plane still has the same number of swastikas. They should each have added one more to their planes since HQ confirmed the kills earlier.See more »
[first lines]
Young Hannibal:[chasing after biplane] Hey! Hey! Hey! Wait for me!
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29 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
I enjoyed this movie for its historical detail., 2 October 2004
Author: ruby2andor

I enjoyed this film a lot, both for the drama and the action. I watched it on the History Channel where scenes from the film were intercut with commentary from surviving Tuskegee airmen. It made the film that much more fascinating.

As one of the other reviewers mentioned, there is one scene where a pilot sinks a German destroyer using only this guns. This is a true event. From the "Tuskegee Airmen" site: "The 332nd Fighter Group also distinguished themselves in June 1944 when two of its pilots flying P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft discovered a German destroyer in the harbor at Trieste, Italy. One of the pilots, Lieutenant Gynne Pierson of the 302nd Fighter Squadron, using only the aircraft's 50-caliber machine guns, strafed the destroyer, causing it to explode and sink."

The statement that the 332nd did not lose a single bomber to enemy action is also true. To qualify that, some of the bombers were lost in other ways, but never to enemy planes. In fact, under Benjamin O. Davis' command, the group flew more than 15,000 sorties against the Luftwaffe, shot down 111 enemy aircraft, and destroyed another 150 on the ground, while losing only 66 of their own aircraft to all causes.

I am not sure they shot down the FIRST German jet, but they did receive a citation after shooting down some German jets. Again, from the TA website: "The 332nd Fighter Group received the Presidential Unit Citation for its longest bomber escort mission to Berlin, Germany, March 24, 1945. They destroyed three German ME-262 jet fighters and damaged five additional jet fighters without losing any of the bombers or any of its own fighter aircraft to enemy aircraft."

Although there were no "aces" that came from the 332nd, this was probably because pilots were told not to pursue German planes for the kill once the planes were far enough away that they no longer posed a danger to the bombers.

The Tuskegee airmen who commented on this film said that the racism they encountered in real life was much worse than was depicted in the film, but much of the rest of the film was realistic.

I found it especially interesting that Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. (played by Andre Braugher) was depicted in this movie. He was a real person who was one of only two black line officers in the U.S. Army at the time--the other was his father. He was one of the first recruits trained at Tuskegee and received his wings in March 1942, after becoming the first black officer to solo an Army Air Corps aircraft. After flying in the Mediterranean, he returned to the US, and took command of the 332d Fighter Group. Eventually, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Following the War, he commanded the 477th Composite Group and the 332d Fighter Wing. In 1953 he again saw combat when he assumed command of the 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing and flew the F-86 in Korea. With his promotion to brigadier general, Davis became the first black man to earn a star in the US Air Force. He retired as a lieutenant general in 1970, and died in 2002, ironically on July 4, at age 89.

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