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Red Tails (2012)

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A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.

Director:

Anthony Hemingway

Writers:

John Ridley (story), John Ridley (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Terrence Howard ... Colonel A.J. Bullard
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Major Emanuelle Stance
Nate Parker ... Marty 'Easy' Julian
David Oyelowo ... Joe 'Lightning' Little
Tristan Mack Wilds ... Ray 'Junior' Gannon (as Tristan Wilds)
Ne-Yo ... Andrew 'Smokey' Salem
Elijah Kelley ... Samuel 'Joker' George
Marcus T. Paulk ... David 'Deke' Watkins
Leslie Odom Jr. ... Declan 'Winky' Hall
Michael B. Jordan ... Maurice Wilson
Kevin Phillips ... Leon 'Neon' Edwards
Andre Royo ... Antwan 'Coffee' Coleman
Method Man ... Sticks (as Cliff Smith)
Bryan Cranston ... Colonel William Mortamus
Lee Tergesen ... Colonel Jack Tomlinson
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Storyline

Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky - even as they battle discrimination on the ground. It's a tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary challenges and ultimately soared into history. Written by 20th Century Fox

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High-Octane Action and Daring Dogfights! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sequences of war violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | German

Release Date:

20 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escuadrón Rojo See more »

Filming Locations:

Croatia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,782,154, 22 January 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$49,876,377

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,365,498
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In The Wire: Know Your Place (2006), Tristan Mack Wilds can be seen wearing a Tuskegee Airmen T-shirt. See more »

Goofs

The P-51s used in the film were -D variants, as they have the distinctive bubble canopy. However, in reality the Tuskegee Airmen used P-51 C variants, which did not have the bubble canopy. See more »

Quotes

Pretty Boy: [discovering who the pilots are] The American pilots are African!
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Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: Haywire (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
Written by Hugh Prince (as Hughie Prince) and Don Raye
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Bad Musical Score For A Bad Movie
23 January 2012 | by mideleonSee all my reviews

Among the many problems I had with Red Tails, I suppose one of the most egregious was the incredibly overbearing and cloying musical score. But in a rather sad way, the score perfectly fits the entirely forced and artificial nature of the movie itself. Now, I know that typically a film's musical score is used to enhance emotion, but in the case of Red Tails, the music is so over-the-top, in-your-face, and cliché ridden that I couldn't help but laugh at times. One example is the music we hear when a soldier drives into an Italian town. Yes, we know we're in Italy, but in case anyone is confused we're treated to a musical cue that sounds like the spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp. And if you can't figure out that the German pilot is a bad guy, why, the music will certainly tell you! Well, that and the GIGANTIC SCAR ON HIS German FACE!

And I'm sure I'll be called a pinko/commie for saying this, but what was up with playing America the Beautiful during the credits? It felt so forced, like the music in one of those "patriotic" animatronic exhibits at Disneyland that gets mocked. And the reason those are mocked is because they are lifeless objects trying to manipulate and force us to feel something without actually LETTING us feel that way on our own. It's cynical trickery. And that's how I feel about the score of Red Tails and pretty much the movie in general.

The men of the 332nd were heroes and patriots. Real ones. But they were also real men, not the cartoon characters in Red Tails. And the Tuskegee Airmen deserve better than the childish fantasy of George Lucas by way of Anthony Hemingway.


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