Red Tails (2012)

Red Tails is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War 2 - an all-Black fighter crew who had to rise above racial discrimination to prove their quality, worth and effectiveness in battle. From an outpost in Italy where the crew fly outdated aircraft on non-combat patrol missions, to Washington where Colonel A.J.Bullard fights tirelessly with the powers that be to give his boys a chance, the men must prove their worth time and again before they gain recognition and gratitude from bomber crews, leading to a prize mission to escort Bomber command to strike deep into Germany territory.

Our Rating: 7/10
Watchability: 8/10
Tagline: High-Octane Action and Daring Dogfights!

Release Date: 2012-01-20
IMDb icon 5.9/10
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English | Italian | German
  • Runtime: 25
  • Budget: $58,000,000
  • Revenue: $49,876,377
  • Production: 20th Century Fox

So, how does the movie end??

Lightning asks his girl to marry him. Meanwhile one of the POWs who escaped meets the Airmen in their mess hall to give them Ray Gun's tags, and to say that Ray was the best soldier he ever met. Easy owns up to the Colonel that he shouldn't have let Ray fly, but the Colonel puts him straight.

The Major gathers the men to tell them of their new mission - they'll be the first escort for a huge bombing raid striking deep into Germany ... where they'll be up against Jet fighters.

Up in the skies their relief doesn't arrive, so the men choose to keep flying and escort the bombers to Berlin.

The yellow-tail planes of the Germans are soon on the scene, led by the creepy leader. Vince from Friday Night Lights is the first to be gunned down.

the emn are struggling against the speed of the jet fighters. Lightning and Easy come up with a way to take them on by gaining altitude then soaring straight down to match their speed. The Germans are soon decimated, but the enemy commander wants a final showdown.

He is gaining on Easy, peppering him with shots. Lightning swings around, and plays chicken with them both, they trade machine gun fire. The German's plane explodes, but Lightning has taken multiple shots and is soon coughing blood.

Easy tries to coast him back to base, but Lightning drifts away and his plane crashes down to the ground, exploding in flames.

Back at base, Easy gives up the bottle, and goes to tell Lightning's fiance the bad news.

The Colonel gathers the men to offer their condolences for fallen comrades.  To break the bad mood Ray shows up.

As it ends, the men are awarded for their bravery and gain the rightful recognition of the American army. We're told that the Red Tails had one of the best records of any fighter group in WW2, including 96 Distinguished Flying Crosses.  66 Tuskegee Airmen were killed in action.

Terrence Howard
Terrence Howa...
Colonel A.J. Bullard
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding...
Major Emanuelle Stance
Nate Parker
Nate Parker
Marty 'Easy' Julian
David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo
Joe 'Lightning' Little
Tristan Mack Wilds
Tristan Mack...
Ray 'Junior' Gannon
Andrew 'Smokey' Salem
Elijah Kelley
Elijah Kelley
Samuel 'Joker' George
Marcus T. Paulk
Marcus T. Pau...
David 'Deke' Watkins
Leslie Odom Jr.
Leslie Odom J...
Declan 'Winky' Hall
Michael B. Jordan
Michael B. Jo...
Maurice Wilson
Kevin Phillips
Kevin Phillip...
Leon 'Neon' Edwards
Andre Royo
Andre Royo
Antwan 'Coffee' Coleman
Method Man
Method Man
Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cransto...
Colonel William Mortamus
Lee Tergesen
Lee Tergesen
Colonel Jack Tomlinson
Our Comments:
JT - "The only problem with 'real life' stories is that it's difficult to give them too much of a Hollywood treatment (unless the Director didn't care too much for history at school). The last two battles were almost identical and they could have done with making one a different type of mission -- but then again it's only Spielberg who can get away with stuff like that, right?!"
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