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The Tuskegee Airmen [DVD]

Laurence Fishburne , John Lithgow , Robert Markowitz    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Laurence Fishburne, John Lithgow, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Cuba Gooding Jr, Courtney B. Vance
  • Directors: Robert Markowitz
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010VXMV2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,023 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Tuskegee Airmen is the true story of the black flyers who broke the colour barrier in the U.S. Air Force during World War II is a well-intentioned film highlighted by an excellent cast. Proud, solemn, Iowa-born Laurence Fishburne and city-kid hipster Cuba Gooding Jr. are among the hopefuls who meet en route to Tuskegee Air Force Base, where they are among the recruits for an "experimental" program to "prove" the abilities of the black man in the U.S. armed services. Fighting prejudice from racist officers and government officials and held to a consistently higher level of performance than their white counterparts, these men prove themselves in training and in combat, many of them dying for their country in the process. Andre Braugher costars as a West Point graduate who takes charge of the unit in Africa and in Italy (where it's christened the 332nd).

The film is rousing, if slow starting and episodic, but it's periodically grounded by a host of war movie clichés, notably the calculated demise of practically every trainee introduced in the opening scenes (ironic given the 332nd's real-life combat record--high casualties for the enemy, low casualties among themselves, and no losses among the bombers they escorted). Ultimately the Emmy-nominated performances by moral backbone Fishburne and the dedicated Braugher and the energy and cocky confidence of Gooding give their battles both on and off the battlefield the sweet taste of victory. --Sean Axmaker

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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At a time when the nation's politicians were convinced that black men didn't have what it took to fly sophisticated war machines, they decided to conduct an experiment. What began as an attempt to prove thier faulty theory, ended in a triumph for generations to come.
The nation's brightest and most qualified black men were invited into the competition. They came from all over the nation to have a chance to be trained as fighter or bomber pilots by the U.S. Military. The competition was stiff and the pressure was great. But out of this training, some of the best pilots in history emerged.
This film follows the men through their triumphs and their tragedies. It tells of the brave men who were able to break through color barriers and maintain an incredible spirit. A spirit which drove them to attain one of the best fighting records in the war.
It is a definite must see. It contains something for everyone and parallels every group struggle against the forces of hate and prejudice.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give Em Hell 54th !!!!! 20 Sep 2008
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This is a superb film based upon the exploits of a group of Black Pilots who as an experiment were sent to Tuskegee Airfield to train to be combat pilots and the various obsticles that they faced.

Laurence Fishburne is superb and is joined by several black actors who add warmth and an interesting contrast to the film.

there are some truly memorable moments which make this movie stand out apart from the fact that it is based on true events.

For anyone who is interested in War films but also the struggle for equality then this is a must for your shelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comparing it with 8 Nov 2012
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Can,t help but compare this with the film RED TAILS (see my review). Good, but it does not have the impact of the other film, in my opinion the old original battles scenes do not fit in as well as modern CGI.
John Bentley. Liverpool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars men of colour 9 Oct 2011
By lycidas
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Having seen films about racism in the US army (A Soldier's Story)and in the US navy (Men of Honour) I half expected something similar in the US Army Air Force. I was wrong. Whereas the two films I mentioned dealt mainly with individual acts of determination, this film is a superb re-enactment of the role of a coloured squadron in World War 2. The lead parts were superb, sympathetic and highly convincing. One cannot but be moved when the brash young pilot with flying experience commits suicide in his plane after a reckless act leads to his dismissal from the force. Scenes to watch out for are when the damaged training plane lands close to a chain-gang. Note the differing reactions from the boss and from the convicts. Also the scene when an apparently doomed straggling B-17 is saved by the coloured fighter pilots who are rewarded for their efforts by gross ingratitude. 'They're niggers !' blurts out the lead-pilot. It was nice to the three P-51 Mustangs in the air. I had seen dozens of these taking off from the Leiston airbase in 1944. My only criticism is the use of documentary footage, particularly in strafing operations. They do not convince. I would recommend this film for anyone who wants to see how prejudice can be overcome by determination.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. 14 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
DVD received fast and in very good condition. This movie is one of the best I've seen in last months.It is not sweet Hollywood lemonade. Realistic, surprising in some moments. I really enjoyed it. I recommend this movie to everybody, who wants to see part of "how it reaaly was".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good all round film. 12 April 2011
Format:DVD
The film depicts the 99th/332nd fighter group who were the first black American pilots (a big step given that Martin Luther King was still fighting for equal rights some 20 years later.)

It follows a number of the recruits through training and the obstacles they face from the USAAF and their society.

I thought it was a really nice, well balanced (not every white person is a racist) film. Based on a true story and real life characters it sends a strong message without rubbing it in your face. The aerial combat scenes are fairly good (mixed in as best as possible with vintage footage) though probably not as good as some modern combat sequences they are convincing enough.

What the air combat slightly lacks the strong cast makes up for - the drama and tension is all there, as is the 'underdog against the system' which works quite well. There's a pretty punchy and memorable speech in the middle of it by the CO of the outfit to a committee from the senate (possibly a real event?).

An all-round good film with a liberal sprinkling of action and a strong cast. Not necessarily an all-time classic but well worthy of your viewing.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Watch 20 April 2009
Format:DVD
I watched this film with my wife and visiting family and they groaned when I suggested it because they thought it was another of my boring flying type war films. I agreed that I would switch it off if they weren't keen but everyone agreed that it was one of the best films they had ever watched - my daughter was moved to tears!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to fill in those gaps... 22 Jan 2008
Format:DVD
You'd be forgiven for thinking that no Black men or women were even remotely involved in the Second World War so little attention is paid to their contribution. Having read 4 (count 'em - 4) books about said contribution in the First and the Second World Wars I've long found it strange how rarely their presence is acknowledged in 'mainstream' films. For this reason alone 'The Tuskegee Airmen' would be worth seeing if it weren't for some excellent performances from the leads. This film is for those looking for one of the many 'lost' chapters in the history of those terrible conflicts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars blu ray (US VERSION)
This version plays well on my UK blu ray player. The picture & sound are very good. It is based on a true story about the first black
pilots in the US army & there fight it... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. A. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars film
Great Film saw it many years ago and the fact it is a true story makes it more interesting would recommened
Published 4 months ago by margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Great film though a bit pricey as its an origanal HBO production Saw it first in the States and had to have it
Published 5 months ago by Geoff
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost history of Black courage through adversity on all sides finally...
I much prefer this version over Red Tails as it does not follow the atypical format of hollywood movies. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Patterson
3.0 out of 5 stars Tuskegee DVD
Not compatable with my player so it must be viable for the American systems
IF possible I would be happy to get the English version
Published 10 months ago by DENO
4.0 out of 5 stars My opinion
Good product Very service A good story it just shows the bigotry of the white American of that time why should white be better than black
Published 13 months ago by Kevin W Anson
5.0 out of 5 stars tuskegee airmen
remember seeing this on tv years ago it is one of the most thought provoking films made how could you expect men to fight for freedom when they had none themselves
Published 14 months ago by chris ayres
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Because its a USA import I could only play it on my laptop but this didn't stop me from enjoying the movie. Read more
Published 17 months ago by sylviak
4.0 out of 5 stars TUSKEGEE AIRMEN
GREAT FILM AT A GREAT PRICE..PICTURE QUALITY GREAT THE DIGI BOOK IS A NICE TOUCH
NOT THE BEST MOVIE IN THE WORLD.BUT A GREAT MOVIE FOR THE PRICE
Published 21 months ago by HIGGY
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
If anyone was reluctant to buy the american version in case the US import didn't work on European players, then don't worry I have just received my copy and it works fine on my... Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2012 by Andy101m
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