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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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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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The right spirit. The right attitude. The wrong color. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A 99-es alakulat See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film's closing epilogue states: "The 15th Air Force delivered a massive and successful raid on Berlin. The 332nd [Fighter Group] shot down three German jet fighters, the first jet planes of the war . . . Between May 1943 and June 1945 [,] 450 Tuskegee Airmen were awarded more than 850 medals. Sixty-six Tuskegee Airmen died in battle. The 332nd Fighter Group never lost a single bomber to enemy action." See more »

Goofs

When the lead characters first meet on the train, the conductor has just announced Chicago as the stop. Yet immediately preceding we see the train has a Tallahassee & Albany engine pulling into a small town. Once they get underway, we see a Chicago and Northwestern engine pulling the train which would be geographically correct. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Hannibal: [chasing after biplane] Hey! Hey! Hey! Wait for me!
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Connections

Referenced in The 18th Annual CableACE Awards (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Straighten Up and Fly Right
Written by Nat 'King' Cole and Irving Mills
Used by permission of EMI Mills Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
Master used by permission of EMI Music Publishing
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An Emotionally Charged Look at the African-American History
22 May 2000 | by jeabooSee all my reviews

This is a movie that should be viewed by all Americans interested in seeing a slice of Americana which has for so long been ignored. Most will identify with the raw emotion evoked by the plight of these brave and talented men. Black Americans will be moved to tears as we are reminded of what those trailblazers overcame so that future Black soldiers, airmen and every day citizens could take their rightful place in American society, proud of their past and heritage. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the Tuskegee Airmen. This movie makes it clear why.


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