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Flyboys (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  22 September 2006 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Hazell ...
Mac McDonald ...
Mr. Jensen
Karen Ford ...
Mrs. Jensen
Abdul Salis ...
Jean-Philippe Écoffey ...
Skinner's trainer
Mr. Lowry
Gail Downey ...
Mrs. Lowry
Augustin Legrand ...


Before the United States entered World War I, young Americans went to France to be fighter pilots, joining the Lafayette Escadrille. 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 bordello. Keeping their eyes on them are Captain Thenault and Cassidy, the resident ace, who keeps a pet lion. Can the boys measure up? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Inspired by a true story

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

22 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,004,219 (USA) (22 September 2006)


£38,531 (UK) (1 June 2007)

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Did You Know?


James Franco earned his pilot's license in preparation for this film. See more »


When Lowry shares a bottle of cognac with Skinner he claims it's 'a hundred year old bottle of Louis XV'. In fact, there is no such thing. The bottle he is holding up is a bottle of Louis XIII. 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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Spoofed in Diary of a Miniature Stunt Pilot (2007) See more »


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Cinematic Clichés fly as often as the planes
23 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Do not expect much from the plot as you need not scratch the surface too deeply to experience de'ja vu. (I've seen these plot elements before in just about every war/buddy/love story flick I have ever seen).

The acting is decent and the special effects are superb. Do not see this movie with high expectations regarding the plot and you will not be disappointed.

The effects wizards took a page from Howard Hughes as there are plenty of clouds in the air combat scenes to lend a feeling of depth and speed. The dog fights are pretty exciting and worth the price of admission to see on the big screen.

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