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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.


Anthony Hemingway


John Ridley (story), John Ridley (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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English | Italian | German

Release Date:

20 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escuadrón Rojo See more »

Filming Locations:

Croatia See more »


Box Office


$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Elijah Kelley initially read for the role of Lieutenant Ray "Ray Gun" Gannon. See more »


Throughout the movie, the pilots do not seem to experience any effects from G-forces whatsoever, even though at one point, they dive straight down for more speed and pull up to chase the jet fighters. See more »


Colonel William Mortamus: Eight German fighters or Eighty German fighter, it still doesn't change what I think of you and your boys.
Colonel A.J. Bullard: We don't care.
Colonel William Mortamus: Respect the uniform.
Colonel A.J. Bullard: Believe me, sir, that is all I have respect for.
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Disgraceful waste of celluloid..
3 May 2012 | by Greywolf907See all my reviews

Having seen and enjoyed the original telling of this story, I thought I had better check this movie out to see what Lucas could do with the story.

I expected better than this, I am sure that anyone connected with the daring and groundbreaking efforts of the airmen in the war expected better too.

From the first scene to the last this 'movie' sucks relentlessly with as much gusto as dear old George can muster, you can almost hear his wheezing as if he is actually sucking a golf ball through a 100 foot length of hosepipe, It's THAT painful.

The story itself is deserving of a place in the history books, my sadness while watching tripe like this, is that newer generations than I, may well stumble over this 'D' movie in years to come and actually believe that this is how it was.

The script is appalling, the acting....acting!....I really was looking for signs of the cgi removal of the puppets strings throughout as I was almost convinced that these were marionettes/puppets as opposed to real walkin', talking' types.

The dialogue between the pilots during their battle sequences is laughable, not in a funny ha ha sort of way, but in the very nervous way that laughs are ejaculated when you hear such banal 'banter'

This is gung ho American tripe of the highest order, I am not sure if there are even Americans around any more who would be conned by the dialogue..... "We're (black) so we've been given hand me down planes".... "Yeah, feels like I'm flying my grandfathers Buick".....

pause for laughter......

While attacking a military railway......"Lets give the press back home something to write about..."

While attacking a battle cruiser......"How you like that mister Hitler...."

I am sure that Mr Hitler would have been more alarmed at having 80% of his massed military forces destroyed by single prop fighter planes that defy the laws of aeronautical physics and destroy with impunity.

Thank God for George Lucas, without him and his compatriots the rest of the world would still be under the heel of Hitlers Jackboot.

Here's another spoiler for you...............THIS MOVIE IS UTTER TRIPE from start to finish

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