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Red Tails (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  20 January 2012 (USA)
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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:
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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High-Octane Action and Daring Dogfights! See more »

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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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User Reviews

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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