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Flyboys (2006)

The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.

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Scott Hazell ...
Cinema Usher
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Sheriff Detweiller
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Mr. Jensen
Karen Ford ...
Mrs. Jensen
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Abdul Salis ...
Jean-Philippe Écoffey ...
Skinner's trainer
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Mr. Lowry
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Gail Downey ...
Mrs. Lowry
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Augustin Legrand ...
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Before the United States enters World War I, some American youths volunteer for the French military. Subsequently, they become the first U.S. fighter pilots and form a squadron known as the Lafayette Escadrille, whose exploits and heroism become the stuff of legend. This fictional version follows a laconic Texas rancher, an eager Nebraska kid, a Black boxer already in France, and a New York swell, as they arrive green for training, get their baptism by fire when German planes ambush them on their first mission, and graduate to heroics. Rawlings, the Texan, falls in love with a young woman he meets at a brothel. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for war action violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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22 September 2006 (USA)  »

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Flyboys: Héroes del aire  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,004,219, 24 September 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,082,288, 17 December 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,834,865, 31 December 2007
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2.35 : 1
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As no studios would back the film, a group of filmmakers and investors including producer 'Dean Devlin (I)' and (according to press-releases) "ace pilot" David Ellison, son of Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison, spent more than $60 million of their own money to make and market this film. See more »

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Aircraft engines of this era leaked oil and the real reason for the scarf was to wipe the oil off the flyer's goggles, not to protect the neck when turning the head as said in the movie. When the pilots returned to base after a mission their faces in the areas not covered by the goggles should of been covered by oil and dirt. See more »

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Title Card: By the start of 1916, World War I had wreaked havoc across Europe. Over nine million people would eventually die.
Title Card: Although the airplane had only recently been invented, it was quickly adapted into a war machine.
Title Card: The young men who flew them became the first fighter pilots and a new kind of hero was born.
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Onward Christian Soldiers
Written by Sabine Baring-Gould (as Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould) and Arthur Sullivan
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A fun adventure that plays loose with history
22 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

When I first saw the previews and read the synopsis, I was expecting a horrible film like Pearl Harbor. Fighter pilots in love with a girl. Happily the love story is not sappy or sickening and actually helps create character development. And how the love story ends is a very nice non-Hollywood ending.

The Planes look magnificent, but could have been done better. The use of German Dr1's (the Fokker Triplanes) as the only German fighter is understandable as distinguishing friend from foe. However, making all of the Dr1's (except for the main villains ) solid red is extremely annoying. While it is up to some discussion if the Red Baron's Dr1 was all red or mostly red, it does not mean that all Dr1's were red, especially all red. The Dr1's came from the Fokker factory usually in an olive drab paint scheme with a light blue underside. The film makers could have added a red scheme to the planes but left a portion olive drab and blue underside, it still would have made the Germans distinctive without being clones of Manfred von Rictoffen.

The dogfights are fun to watch and are fairly exciting, however the planes fly highly unrealistically at times. Overall the CGI is excellent but at times it is noticeable as CGI. The planes that explode (Explosions are such a Hollywood staple :) ) are unrealistic. The planes are traveling 70 t0 100 miles per hour in reality, but the explosions react as if the plane is standing still, going up in a ball instead of being spread along the doomed plane's path.

Over all it was fun to watch and covers a historical period that has long been neglected in film.


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