Red Tails 2009

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Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Academy Award Nominee Terrence Howard lead a powerful ensemble cast in this high-flying epic inspired by the real-life adventures of the first African-American combat unit to serve in World War II. Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskagee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky... even as they battle discrimination on the ground. Featuring jaw-dropping aerial action and thrilling special effects, Red Tails is a breathtaking tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary challenges and ultimately soared into history.

Starring:
Cuba Gooding Jr., Lee Tergesen
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DVD, Blu-ray

Red Tails

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 5 minutes
Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Lee Tergesen, Terrence Howard, Elijah Kelley, Bryan Cranston, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Ne-Yo, Method Man, Nate Parker
Director Anthony Hemingway
Genres Drama
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 29 October 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 5 minutes
Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Lee Tergesen, Terrence Howard, Elijah Kelley, Bryan Cranston, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Ne-Yo, Method Man, Nate Parker
Director Anthony Hemingway
Genres Drama
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 29 October 2012
Main languages English

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By iMatt on 12 May 2013
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Overall I was disappointed by this movie. I expected a whole lot more. The special effects look ok, bit nothing outstanding. The acting was competent but nothing more. Would be fine for an early evening TV movie. Knowing a bit about he Tuskegee Airmen, I feel this movie glossed over a lot of facts. The level of bigotry and racism these men had to face from their OWN side and the struggles they had to face did not come across.

The Nazi's in this move come across as cartoon like caricatures with no depth at all. In fact, that could be a good overall description of the whole move, very little depth! Glad I did not pay full price at HMV or I would be even more disappointed!

Overall, I am not saying it's the worst I've seen. However, the movie could've been longer without the soap opera boy meets girl elements which simply got in the way.

As for calling it a TV movie, some TV movies can be good. Red Tails is quite inferior to another movie on the same subject, 'The Tuskegee Airmen' from 1995 Starring Laurence Fishburn and John Lithgow amongst other well known faces. Although a TV movie, with The Tuskegee Airmen one gets a much fuller, more rounded view of the struggles these brave pilots (and groundcrew) had to overcome and the fact that they were fighting a war on TWO fronts!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Taylor VINE VOICE on 17 Dec. 2013
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As a WW2 plane lover and war film fan in general, Red Tails gets an awful lot right. It feels like a 60s-70s WW2 film in the same vein as Battle Of The Bulge, Bridge Too Far, Where Eagles Dare etc. Not classic, as none of those were, but a good, old fashioned action romp. Don't expect Band Of Brothers levels of character depth and dialogue and it won't disappoint as much as it has for many. The CGI action sequences are beautifully choreographed and edited, and I really enjoyed that aspect of the film. Where it really falls down, though, is using the Tuskegee airmen as its base. Yes, the racism they faced is touched on, rather heavy handedly for the most part, but it's far from fully realised. The film begins too late in the overall formation of the 332nd and there's none of the establishing, recruiting and training scenes that were present in the original Lawrence Fishburne TV movie "The Tuskegee Airmen". If you want a film about the 332nd, get the previous movie as well. It's a better film, overall, for plot and pacing. But if you want a rollicking good WW2 air warfare film of the old school, this is still a very entertaining ride and, alongside the much weaker Fortress, stands alone as an example of a forgotten genre.
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I was looking forward to watching the story of the Tuskegee airmen which is a dramatic, exciting true story full of racial tensions and drama, I was expecting ‘GLORY’ in a WW2 setting, however in steps George 'OTT' Lucas & Co. turning the story into a moronic comic book style yarn full of clichéd 'gung ho' characters and cringe inducing storylines.
I thought Hollywood had moved on from portraying the ‘baddies’ as completely incompetent and the ‘goodies’ as indestructible, never missing a shot with unlimited ammunition superheroes. You watch this and you think it’s a parody it’s that bad especially when pilots are exchanging scowling facial expressions with people on the ground whilst flying at 400 mph at 75 feet.. realistic it aint! The action crams every special effect currently available into a scene which spoils any subtlety or sense of drama that should have been portrayed.
This should have been a great film with an awe inspiring true story as a base but unless you want to watch one of the cheesiest War films ever made do what the pilots in this film never do and miss this turkey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrhansolo on 11 Nov. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
That was the most appalling schlock I have seen since George Lucas's previous masterpieces, The Phantom Menace and the somehow even worse Attack of the Clowns. The star is for the special effects which were, to be fair, extremely good. Everything else about this sugar frosted, glazed in syrup, rolled in those silver cake thingys and then spun round in a candy floss machine movie truly blows.
Even wIthout the horrendous stereotypes, ludicrous evil Germans and the apparent ability of the P-51 to blow up Battleships with bullets you are stuck with a script which is laughable and no doubt does a genuine diservice to the actual pilots of the story and the difficulties they faced.
I genuinely expected Hannah Montanna to show up at the end to remind us all of how great the USA is, then stick her tongue out.

By the Moons of Mongo - this film really did suck.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Carter on 19 May 2013
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The story of the Tuskegee airmen lends itself to the making of an excellent film, but this is not it. The comic book script is laughable and the combat sequences are just like watching a thoroughly unrealistic CGI'd computer game. The impression that taking on the Luftwaffe was a piece of cake for a bunch of high spirited and apparently ill-disciplined young men is frankly insulting to the achievements of the young Afro-American pilots that were the real Tuskegee airmen. A P-51 turning a German destroyer (which looks remarkably like a battleship)into a flaming wreck with two passes of its machine guns gives you an idea of exactly how plausible this film is when it comes to the realities of war. Watch a decent documentary on the Red Tails instead. It's a far more moving and inspiring story than this rubbish.
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