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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.

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Anthony Hemingway

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John Ridley (story), John Ridley (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Courage has no color See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian | German

Release Date:

20 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Tails See more »

Filming Locations:

Croatia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,782,154, 22 January 2012

Gross USA:

$49,876,377

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,365,377
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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There are four cast members who are alum from The Wire; Andre Royo who played Bubbles, Michael B. Jordan who played Wallace, Tristan Wilds who played Michael Lee, and Method Man who played Cheese. See more »

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The plural "Aircrafts" is used where common usage would have been "Aircraft." See more »

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Colonel A.J. Bullard: Politics is the art of postponing a decision until it is no longer relevant.
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Comic Book
27 May 2012 | by Kaz21See all my reviews

Comic book, maybe cheap video game at best ("Germans! Lets get 'em"). I've never seen fighter pilots so happy in the face to death. Laughing, joking in the middle of an air battle (could it be nervous laughter or poor writing and directing. Opening credits say "Inspired by True Events" which means Lucas and his team made up a bunch of stuff, and in the process, introduced a lot of errors and just plain factual sloppiness. Off duty, the film has black pilots shuckin and jivin almost in a Stepin-Fetchit style. Didn't someone tell the Lucasfilm people that this is an important historical event in the history of the US and ultimately led to the integration of the US military. The film was a disappointment and a disservice to the Tuskegee Airmen.


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