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The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, War | TV Movie 26 August 1995
The true story of how a group of African American pilots overcame racist opposition to become one of the finest US fighter groups in World War II

Director:

Robert Markowitz

Writers:

Paris Qualles (teleplay), Trey Ellis (teleplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Fishburne ... Hannibal Lee
Allen Payne ... Walter Peoples
Malcolm-Jamal Warner ... Leroy Cappy
Courtney B. Vance ... Lt. Glenn (as Courtney Vance)
Andre Braugher ... Benjamin O. Davis
Christopher McDonald ... Major Joy (as Chris McDonald)
Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Col. Rogers
John Lithgow ... Senator Conyers
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Billy Roberts
Mekhi Phifer ... Lewis Johns
Christopher Bevins Christopher Bevins ... Young Hannibal
Eddie Braun ... Tail Gunner
Max Daniels ... Left Waist Gunner
Jack Dwyer Jack Dwyer ... Operations Officer
James Field James Field ... Conductor
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Storyline

During the Second World War, a special project is begun by the US Army Air Corps to integrate African American pilots into the Fighter Pilot Program. Known as the "Tuskegee Airman" for the name of the airbase at which they were trained, these men were forced to constantly endure harassement, prejudice, and much behind the scenes politics until at last they were able to prove themselves in combat. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

They Were Our Country's Best Defense ... And Its Greatest Glory. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief strong war violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tuskegee Airmen See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Black and White | Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Laurence Fishburne and Cuba Gooding Jr play close friends in this movie however they play father and son in Boyz In The Hood. See more »

Goofs

After the initial engagement in Italy, the bomber pilot is asking another officer the identity of the fighter planes with the distinctive tail markings. This conversation is happening at night. The next scene shows some of the fighter pilots walking away from their planes celebrating the mission. It's daytime. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Hannibal: [chasing after biplane] Hey! Hey! Hey! Wait for me!
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One O'Clock Jump
Written by Count Basie
Used by permission of EMI Feist Catalog Inc. (ASCAP)
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Powerful Historical drama about the first squadron of negro air pilots during WW2.
21 February 2000 | by mdeasySee all my reviews

Tuskegee Airmen is a timeless movie. Lawrence Fishburn plays the role of grudging hero to its maximum potential. The bad guys are racist and ignorant, but they are consistently confronted with the truth of their stupidity. This movie tells the tale, without an overtly biased point of view. There are certainly black men who failed to qualify as pilots during WW2, just as there were white. The racial struggle is brought to light without alienating anyone. The acting is extraordinary, the air fight scenes are power packed and the story is life itself. You must see this film.


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