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2.0 out of 5 stars Another film about how Americans won the war...Only WW1 this time, 13 May 2009
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This film looks great, has some nice sequences and some nice little details (such as the pilots painting their own planes, having mascots, e.t.c), and its clearly had a lot of money and effort spent on it.
BUT - its cheesy, overly sentimental and is filled with so many historical blunders and untruths that its very hard to watch.

Firstly - the black pilot is simply something that just would not have happened. American solders were split into `black and white' divisions and were not mixed even as late as WW2. In America there were pubs and clubs for black or white people only as late as the 1950's. And yet, at the risk of emulating `Blazing Saddles' in this film there is a black pilot who not only bunks-up with the white pilots (gasp !) he then wanders into the officers mess and punches one of them.
Lets face it that had this really happened they'd have been a lynching !

Most, if not all pilots, were from wealthy upper-class backgrounds (much like the officers) and, pardon the pun, but they'd have thought themselves a bit above the rest of the army - prizing personal glory and fame more than working as a team or winning the war. This film seems to say though that most allied pilots were American volunteers and they were all `nice guys'.

Also the pilots here are too old - most pilots would have been late teens/early 20's(and this is when reflexes and reactions are at their physical peak). Older pilots simply did not last as long in the sky, but this is completely overlooked, as are so many other details.
There are many silly moments such as when those villainous Germans swoop down and shoot poor crashed American pilots - though in reality vanquished enemies were respected and treated with the utmost dignity . (The Red Barron, for example, when shot down on enemy lines was buried with full military honours and saluted as being a brave and honourable foe).

Rather strangely the French prostitutes in this film are dressed in Victorian clothes and look like escaped extras from Moulin Rouge. (Why ?!?)

I just don't understand why Americans try to change history or try to paint themselves as the hero's - this film could have been great, educational and a realistic visual treat but instead its ruined by political correctness and ignorance.
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Initial post: 29 Nov 2009 14:55:43 GMT
Big Mike says:
Just for the record since you seem to consider yourself a history authority, you might want to bear in mind that this film is advertised as being "inspired by a true story". It does not purport to be completely factual. The real Lafayette Escadrille took part in the war long before the U.S. officially entered the war. Thus, the Americans involved in this real-life squadron did not claim to have won the war. In fact, many of their group did not survive the war. What comes very clearly across is your resentment of the U.S. Face it, England wouldn't have stood a chance against the Nazi's without the support of the U.S. in WW2. Not to mention the supplies and munitions that were sent over before Pearl Harbor, which resulted in many U.S. ships being sunk by u-boats and many crews being lost. Also, had Hitler chosen to invade the British Isles, rather than Russia, things might have gone very badly indeed for England.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2011 15:57:45 BDT
Hitler DID try and invade Britain-in 1940, and was defeated by the R.A.F. which included seven American pilots (bless 'em). In fact, Britain stood out for TWO years before America came into the war, and then only because Hitler declared war on America. Up until the end of 1941, America bled Britain white for the supplies which were sent, until Britain went bankrupt, and lend -lease terms meant that Britain didn't pay it off finally until about five years ago. For the first part of the war, America was supplying Nazi Germany with, among other things, aircraft components and oil. Hitler finally gave up on trying to invade Britain and turned on Russia in July of 1941. America's alliance with Britain had more to do with Realpolitik than the special relationship. This is not to decry the Lafeyette Escadrille, or those brave Americans who fought for the allied cause in both world wars.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2012 16:20:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2012 16:25:39 GMT
Big Mike says:
Have you ever heard about the bombing of Pearl Harbor?? It was that event that brought the USA into WW2. Hitler had planned an all-out invasion of the UK called "Operation Sea Lion" which never happened. It would have involved invasion by land, sea and air. Given the amount of damage that the Luftwaffe did with the bombing of Belfast alone, which was left shabbily defended unlike English cities; despite the unquestioned bravery of the RAF, D-Day might have taken place on British soil had this full-scale invasion taken place. Not sure where you got your facts but I have never heard anything about the USA ever supplying Nazi Germany with anything. At least not that the American public has ever been made aware of anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2012 13:19:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2012 13:51:14 GMT
Big Mike says:
As for their not being any black American pilots during World War One, check out this link about Eugene Bullard: Not all Americans are racists nor were they during the First World War. No more than all English people today are a nation of drunks, football hooligans, lager louts and oh yes, exhibit racist or prejudiced actions towards those who are non-English and non-Caucasian. It was not Hitler declaring war on the USA that brought them into WW2 but the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. It is just resentment and jealousy of the USA offering a far better quality of life than the overcrowded, pushy, cynical and aggressive UK. Not surprising that the UK has been named as the "road rage capital of the world" and actually has a per capita higher rate of violent crime than both the USA and South Africa. The Daily Telegraph even said you are 2-3 times more likely to be assaulted in the UK than in the USA, Canada and anywhere else in Europe. Why?? Because the UK thinks that by banning private legal gun ownership they can stop crime. So they have disarmed the honest, law-abiding citizens and try to deal with 21st century crime by using Victorian police methods. By contrast, peaceful and low-crime Switzerland has got the third highest per capita rate of private legal gun ownership in the world. And by the way, you referred to the Battle of Britain, not the plans Hitler had for an all-out invasion. And had he not ventured into Russia during the dead of winter but carried out these plans, things might very well have gone quite differently. So you should stop blaming the USA for the fact that the UK is not able to survive without being reliant on other nations and for the fact that the USA has got more resources and land for people to be able to live without the overcrowding that is present in every part of the UK. One thing is clear and that is the UK has got a huge inferiority complex, exists on past glories, tries to operate on an outdated monarchy of royal deadbeats who live off the tax-payers and then tries to compensate by having an overblown air of superiority towards those not English.
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