American youth and flying ace flies for France in World War I; meets & loves a French girl & prostitute.
The young rebel who didn't fit and didn't try...a kid who couldn't wait for his war!
Did You Know?
Director William A. Wellman
wanted Paul Newman for the lead with Clint Eastwood as his best friend, Duke Sinclair. When Newman opted to do Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958) instead, the studio insisted on the lead part going to contract player Tab Hunter
. Wellman thought the chemistry between Hunter and Eastwood wrong and ironically replaced Eastwood with one of the actor's best friends, David Janssen. Eastwood ended up playing a smaller supporting role. See more
Aviators in World War I generally didn't wear the high-collar tunics like the one worn by Thad. This is because they needed to be able to turn their heads while flying. Rather, they wore a uniform coat that required a shirt and tie. See more
A half-forgotten corner of France in a wholly-forgotten war. In memory of the heroes of the Lafayette Escadrille, who died in defense of life and of liberty. This monument, this patch of foreign sky, belongs to a handful of Americans who flew for France and died for France in the First World War. They came with an air of adventure or a sense of impatience in the days before America entered the war. The wore French uniforms, they fought in French planes, and they fell in love with ...
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There are two versions of the film: in one the main characters marry each other happily, in the other Tab Hunter's character dies and Etchika Choureau's commits suicide. See more
Version of Flyboys