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Flyboys (2006)

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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.

Director:

Tony Bill

Writers:

Phil Sears (screenplay), Blake T. Evans (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 Jean-Philippe Écoffey ... Skinner's trainer
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Mr. Lowry
Tyler Labine ... Briggs Lowry
Gail Downey 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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flyboys: Héroes del aire 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$13,082,288, 17 December 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,834,865, 31 December 2007
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

Aquitania, the ship Lowry takes to Europe, ceased North Atlantic passenger service upon the outbreak of war in August 1914. She was ordered into service with the Royal Navy, serving as an armed merchant, a troop ship (though not again on the North Atlantic run until 1918), and a hospital ship. She did not return to civilian passenger service until 1920. See more »

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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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Spoofed in Diary of a Miniature Stunt Pilot (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Madamoiselle from Armentieres
Written by Harry Carlton and Joseph Tunbridge (as Joe Tunbridge)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
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Spectacular and colorful WWI airplane movie with an enjoyable cast and breathtaking aerial battles
9 April 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This film's opening prologue states:"By the start of 1916, World War I had wreaked havoc across Europe. Over nine million people would eventually die. Although the airplane had only recently been invented, it was quickly adapted into a war machine. The young men who flew them became the first fighter pilots and a new kind of hero was born." 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. Among them , Blaine Rawlings (James Franco) , Eugene Skinner (Abdul Salis) , William Jensen (Philip Winchester), Beagle (David Ellison) and Reed Cassidy (Martin Henderson , Reed was mainly inspired by Raoul Lufbery whose personal insignia is an eagle's head surrounded by the words "Je Vois Tout" meaning "I see all") , the leading flying ace of the Escadrille Squadron (similarly to film , the real Lafayette Escadrille actually had a pair of lion cubs as mascots).

Spectacular dogfighting , colorful scenario , all-star cast and memorable acting . Big-budget extended adventures produced by Dean Devlin about a maverick pilot and his partners undergoing risked feats on air and bombing on earth . Based on a story by Blake Evans and being well adapted by Phil Sears and David S Ward . Very good aerial actioner plenty action , steamy romance , drama , fantastic cloudy scenes and spectacular dogfighting . James Franco shows professionalism as a crack fighter pilot , he plays an ambitious youth assigned to dangerous missions , Franco even earned his pilot's license in preparation for this film . Top-notch support cast gives excellent performances as Jean Reno as a stiff officer , Philip Winchester , Tim Pigott Smith , David Ellison and a gorgeous Jennifer Decker . Special mention to Abdul Salis whose character of Skinner is based on the Escadrille-pilot Eugene Bullard, an American who has gone to France and worked as a boxer there, he was also a son of a slave, just like Skinner .

Rousing aerial scenes spectacularly staged , though in excessive use of digital effects , being the first movie to motion capture planes. Filmmakers attempted to use lightweight reproductions of WWI aircraft, but grounded them after an accident. Wonderfully photographed by Henry Braham and marvelous musical score by Trevor Ravin are the chief assets of this spectacular film . As no studios would back the film, a group of filmmakers and investors including producer 'Dean Devlin ' and according to press-releases "ace pilot" David Ellison, son of Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison, spent more than $60 million of their own money to make and market this film. This lavish airplane movie was professionally directed by Tony Bill . 'Flyboys' is a rehash of the former airplane movie clichés in which the splendid casting stands out . Rating : Good and entertaining , it's a fairly watchable and breathtaking film and results to be a good treatment of WWI flying aces .


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