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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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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)  »

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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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George Lucas began pre-production on the film in 1988. Thomas Carter was his first choice to direct. See more »

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When the Tuskegee Airmen perform their first mission in P-51 Mustangs, several of the planes are heard starting with the trademark inertia starter squeal of a radial piston engine. However, the P-51 always used a water cooled V12 engine (both early Allison and later Rolls) which have a conventional starter and turn over with a noise similar to any modern piston aircraft engine. See more »

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Colonel A.J. Bullard: We have a right to fight for our country. The same as every other American.
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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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