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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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Taglines:

High-Octane Action and Daring Dogfights! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Cuba Gooding Jr. is not new to the subject of the film. He has previously been in The Tuskegee Airmen (1995). See more »

Goofs

On the bomb run to Berlin, after the B-17s drop their load they remained on level flight. When a B-17 drops it's load normally it pops up with the weight loss. See more »

Quotes

Joe 'Lightning' Little: Nothing's difficult. Everything's a challenge. Through adversity to the stars. From the last plane to the last bullet to the last minute to the last man - we fight. WE fight! We FIGHT!
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Connections

Features Hart's War (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Moods in Brass
Performed by Robert Valentino
Courtesy of Valentino/Bug Music
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A really poor version of this story
13 July 2017 | by rdoyle29See all my reviews

This film opens with a CGI aerial battle that is literally of the quality I would expect from a direct-to-DVD film by a company like The Asylum. It's shockingly embarrassing for a theatrical release with a $58 million budget. Even the font used in the titles smells like a no budget film. It does get better than this, but not as much as it should. Explosions are all CGI and don't look like they exist in the same plane as the physical objects. Oddly, every German pilot in this film appears to be exactly the same person. Effects aside, this film is intended to play more like a 1950's era war movie than a modern one. That's a valid choice, but it doesn't play like a good one. The story is, on the face of it, an interesting one, but the narrative strokes are so unbelievably broad that the film really doesn't progress after the basic plot setup is done. Some of the actors do a pretty fine job given the one dimensionality of their characters (David Oyelowo is particularly good), but they have precious little to work with.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | German

Release Date:

20 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Tails 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

Gross USA:

$49,876,377

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,365,498
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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