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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:
Major Emanuelle Stance
Ray 'Junior' Gannon (as Tristan Wilds)
David 'Deke' Watkins
Leon 'Neon' Edwards
Sticks (as Cliff Smith)


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:

Escuadrón Rojo  »

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Box Office


$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,782,154, 22 January 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tristan Wilds auditioned for the role of Lt. Joe "Lightning" Little. See more »


The searchlight in the POW camp appears to have come from the studio's lighting department as the ears for the barn doors are visible. See more »


Colonel A.J. Bullard: We have a right to fight for our country. The same as every other American.
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Spoofed in Robot Chicken: Poisoned by Relatives (2012) See more »


It's Been a Long, Long Time
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
Performed by Harry James and His Orchestra (as Harry James & His Orchestra)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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I don't even know what to say.
17 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

I registered for IMDb just so I could write this review. This is by far the absolute worst movie I have ever seen. I walked out of the movie theatre laughing, but it was seriously awkward. As I drove home I felt like I was in another life where our species is capable of creating dog poop and smearing it all over a screen and calling it a movie. Not joking. A cat could have come up with a better plot. A lizard could have written a better script. I felt like I was watching a bad episode of Tailspin.

At one point one of the pilots sees a German do some trick with his plane. A few scenes later this man is in jail. A few scenes later he is flying, pulls a handle, and his plane automatically does a backflip. He learned how to do it from the German.

I think the script may have been written in crayon.

When the white pilots speak in their bombers, they sound like retarded robots.

A guy is taken as a prisoner of war in what was supposed to be an emotional scene. Abruptly the scene cuts to a man playing a guitar and happily singing. The transition was just awkward.

A guy has a fuel leak in his jet and he's been shot, but his plane is perfectly capable of flying and landing (he has flaps and landing gear). His superior officer tells him to bail out instead of landing (makes no sense). He can't get his canopy open, so then his superior officer tells him to just land (why not do that in the first place). He comes in for a landing and like two feet above the ground some nightmare of physics happens, and all of a sudden the plan is tumbling down the runway in a devastating crash. Someone pulls the pilot from the wreckage and he is apparently OK. About five minutes after the crash, the fuel that had been leaking catches fire and the plane explodes. Very very very very stupid.

I am a pilot in the Air Force. I just left the movie and my head was spinning. I couldn't believe that I had actually just seen such a terrible display of humanity. This movie makes Fast and Furious look like Shawshank Redemption or Gladiator.

If you wanted to make me commit suicide, you would put me in a room with this movie playing 24/7.

This is such rubbish.

I seriously do not have words to describe my feelings right now. I am not even disappointed. I almost feel like it was so bad that we actually achieved something with this movie. Like we may have actually done something that never has been done before and never will again.

I feel like this movie was an absolute sin.

I seriously am trying to get across to you, the reader, a feeling that cannot be put into words. My head has been spinning for the last hour. Because of this movie I am struggling to truly comprehend reality.

After 1 hour of this movie I was ready to walk out or fall asleep, but I was just intrigued by the absolute devastation I was feeling that I stayed and finished it.

The movie really doesn't end, the screen just all of a sudden starts rolling credits.

This movie is kind of like a Chuck Norris joke in and of itself. I don't know if that makes any sense...in fact none of this review has made sense, but I feel like it is the sum total of my emotional response to the absolute worst movie I have ever seen.

I told my buddy who saw it with me that I was going to come home and watch Nacho Libre in order to re-ground myself.

Stupendously horrific.

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