The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.

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Tony Bill

Writers:

Phil Sears (screenplay), Blake T. Evans (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Blaine Rawlings
Scott Hazell Scott Hazell ... Cinema Usher
Mac McDonald ... Sheriff Detweiller
Philip Winchester ... William Jensen
Todd Boyce ... Mr. Jensen
Karen Ford Karen Ford ... Mrs. Jensen
Ruth Bradley ... Laura
Abdul Salis Abdul Salis ... Eugene Skinner
Jean-Philippe Écoffey ... Skinner's trainer
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Mr. Lowry
Tyler Labine ... Briggs Lowry
Gail Downey ... Mrs. Lowry
David Ellison ... Eddie Beagle
Jean Reno ... Capt. Thenault
Augustin Legrand Augustin Legrand ... L.T. Giroux
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Storyline

Before the United States enters World War I, some American youths volunteer for the French military. Subsequently, they become the first U.S. fighter pilots and form a squadron known as the Lafayette Escadrille, whose exploits and heroism become the stuff of legend. This fictional version follows a laconic Texas rancher, an eager Nebraska kid, a Black boxer already in France, and a New York swell, as they arrive green for training, get their baptism by fire when German planes ambush them on their first mission, and graduate to heroics. Rawlings, the Texan, falls in love with a young woman he meets at a brothel. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Inspired by a true story


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war action violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Blaine Rawlings home town of Aberdeen, Texas, actually existed as a tiny community during World War I. Located in the state's Panhandle, it ceased to exist in 1963. The former location of Aberdeen is about 5-miles from the nearest paved road. See more »

Goofs

The Black Falcon and the Gotha bomber bear the straight-edged Balkan Cross of 1918 instead of the Iron Cross of 1914-17. See more »

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[first lines]
Title Card: By the start of 1916, World War I had wreaked havoc across Europe. Over nine million people would eventually die.
Title Card: Although the airplane had only recently been invented, it was quickly adapted into a war machine.
Title Card: The young men who flew them became the first fighter pilots and a new kind of hero was born.
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You Can't Beat Us (If It Takes 10 Million More)
Written by Ernest Ball and J. Keirn Brennan (as J. Brennan)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
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A bunch of Ariel Tactics pushed by a romantic storyline.
20 September 2006 | by rljediknightSee all my reviews

I really enjoyed the movie. You didn't have to think much about it, it was what it was. Apparently there are some close ties to the true story but it never seemed an issue of trying to portray something too realistic. I am not a huge Franco fan, in fact his poutiness wears on you in most films but he seems to do a really good job of mixing it up, meaning he smiles in this one. I saw a pre-release screening and everyone that I spoke to agreed that it was a good movie. The special effects were really good, the airplanes seemed very realistic for the most part. The close ups seemed a little fake but the tactics seemed really good. I found a bit of cheesiness in the dialog at times but managed to not pay too much attention too it. It wasn't deep but kept you interested the whole time. Don't get me wrong, it was no Saving Private Ryan but it had enough action and drama to keep you interested. They even threw a bit of humor in to keep you loose in your seat. I would recommend it to anyone, just don't expect to walk away a changed person for having seen it. It was a fun movie with some good historical point.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flyboys See more »

Filming Locations:

Epping, Essex, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,004,219, 24 September 2006

Gross USA:

$13,090,630

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,858,059
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color | Black and White (archive footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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