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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray 'Junior' Gannon (as Tristan Wilds)
Leon 'Neon' Edwards
Antwan 'Coffee' Coleman
Sticks (as Cliff Smith)
Colonel Jack Tomlinson


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eskadra 'Czerwone Ogony'  »

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Box Office


$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$49,875,589 (USA) (1 June 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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George Lucas directed the reshoots. Anthony Hemingway was unavailable, having already committed to filming the first season of Treme (2010). See more »


National insignia on the P-40s in the initial strafing sequence changes from early war (white star on blue circle) to late war (white bars added to sides of blue circle) as the planes land. See more »


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A Bad Musical Score For A Bad Movie
23 January 2012 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Among the many problems I had with Red Tails, I suppose one of the most egregious was the incredibly overbearing and cloying musical score. But in a rather sad way, the score perfectly fits the entirely forced and artificial nature of the movie itself. Now, I know that typically a film's musical score is used to enhance emotion, but in the case of Red Tails, the music is so over-the-top, in-your-face, and cliché ridden that I couldn't help but laugh at times. One example is the music we hear when a soldier drives into an Italian town. Yes, we know we're in Italy, but in case anyone is confused we're treated to a musical cue that sounds like the spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp. And if you can't figure out that the German pilot is a bad guy, why, the music will certainly tell you! Well, that and the GIGANTIC SCAR ON HIS German FACE!

And I'm sure I'll be called a pinko/commie for saying this, but what was up with playing America the Beautiful during the credits? It felt so forced, like the music in one of those "patriotic" animatronic exhibits at Disneyland that gets mocked. And the reason those are mocked is because they are lifeless objects trying to manipulate and force us to feel something without actually LETTING us feel that way on our own. It's cynical trickery. And that's how I feel about the score of Red Tails and pretty much the movie in general.

The men of the 332nd were heroes and patriots. Real ones. But they were also real men, not the cartoon characters in Red Tails. And the Tuskegee Airmen deserve better than the childish fantasy of George Lucas by way of Anthony Hemingway.

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