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Red Tails (2012)

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A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.

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Ray 'Junior' Gannon (as Tristan Wilds)
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Leon 'Neon' Edwards
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Antwan 'Coffee' Coleman
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Sticks (as Cliff Smith)
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Colonel Jack Tomlinson
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Storyline

Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky - even as they battle discrimination on the ground. It's a tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary challenges and ultimately soared into history. Written by 20th Century Fox

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High-Octane Action and Daring Dogfights! See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some sequences of war violence | See all certifications »

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20 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eskadra 'Czerwone Ogony'  »

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Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,782,154 (USA) (20 January 2012)

Gross:

$49,875,589 (USA) (1 June 2012)
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2.35 : 1
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George Lucas began developing Red Tails around 1988 but was unable to secure funding from any major studio, as any he approached believed that producing a film featuring an all black cast would be unmarketable. As a result, Lucas ended up funding the project with his own money, investing $58 million into the production of the film, and a further $35 million towards marketing. See more »

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Immediately after the hearing in Washington (at around 19 mins), the high shot of the camp shows a P-40 with its insignia on the top of the right wing. US military aircraft have their wing insignia on the top of the left wing and underside of the right wing. See more »

Quotes

Colonel William Mortamus: Eight German fighters or Eighty German fighter, it still doesn't change what I think of you and your boys.
Colonel A.J. Bullard: We don't care.
Colonel William Mortamus: Respect the uniform.
Colonel A.J. Bullard: Believe me, sir, that is all I have respect for.
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Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Written by Hugh Prince (as Hughie Prince) and Don Raye
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Boring!
22 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I expected better. The CG was impressive, but the aerial fights were very boring, no intensity to them at all. The acting was mediocre and I don't think the actors were talking like they were suppose to. By this I mean they didn't speak like they were from the '30s. They sounded like the stereotypical African-Americans, which was unfortunate.

The dialogue in this movie was very cheesy, and the way the characters acted during aerial fights was very unrealistic. They didn't seem concern at all that they could die. Sadly, I wished death upon the characters so the movie would end, the worst part is how many times the film tries to be funny with comic relief and the filmmakers could have at least make the aerial fights intense and gripping, but no, they made the fights boring with lots of explosions (Michael Bay status).

This has to be the most disappointing war movie I've ever seen. Don't make the same mistake I did, 2 hours of my life wasted because of this movie, don't... make... the... same... mistake...


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