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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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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In preparation, George Lucas and his staff interviewed surviving Tuskegee Airmen and were given access to their original mission logbooks. See more »


Fighter escorts for bomber squadrons flew alongside them on the flanks rather than in formation with them. See more »


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User Reviews

Not even worth a rental
23 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very unfortunate attempt to tell an important story and is a disservice to the men who lived these historic events. The character development is non-existent and portrays these men in a stereotypical light. The portrayal of the German pilots creates a comic book atmosphere, you can almost see the dialog bubble above their heads saying "Curses! Foiled again!" as they sneer at their adversaries. The flight sequences remind me of those from 1940s and 1950s films where the "planes" are plastic models on cables with the cameras panning the model to depict motion. The only flight sequences which are realistic are the landing and take-off scenes. I am extremely disappointed in this film and expected much more from Lucas.

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