Red Tails

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Drama
Running Time:  125 min.
Release Date: January 20, 2012
DVD: May 22, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 3.73
based on 48 votes and 18 reviews
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Cast: Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Bryan Cranston, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds

Inspiration: Tuskegee Airmen


As World War II rages, the black pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program have to fight racial discrimination within the military. Ace airman Martin "Easy" Julian (Nate Parker) and his black pilots back at base are left with little to do but perfect their flying skills, while white airmen are shipped out after just three months of training.

Considered inferior, the Tuskegee airmen are assigned second-rate planes and missions, as the war takes a harsh toll on the Allied forces. Just as the program is about to be shut down and the men shipped back home, Pentagon brass realize they have no choice but to rethink their stance. Colonel A.J. Bullard (Terrence Howard) steps in to give them a chance to prove their mettle high above.

They're assigned the task of providing safe escort to bombers in broad daylight—a mission so dangerous that the RAF refused it, while white fighter groups have sustained substantial losses. Against all the odds the young airmen take to the skies on a heroic mission to combat not only the enemy, but the discrimination that kept them down for so long.

Director: Anthony Hemingway
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Producer(s): Rick McCallum
Screenplay: John Ridley
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  • 1 star "i dont understand how this is a 5 star. the effects are subpar, and how a pilot hold his mouth piece to talk and do flips in the air at the same time? and when his window get shots through he doesnt even hold his mask for the wind he just keeps flying. brutale."
  • 1 star "i dont know what the hell is wrong with all of you but this has to be the worst dogfight movie of all time. the acting is terrible, the effects are ok at best, the sound is awful."
  • 3 stars "it was alright but i was expecting much more. there was so much positive talks about this movie and it just didn't do anything for me. i mean it was okay but just that."