Cuba Gooding Jr. : Majoor Emanuelle Stance
Terrence Howard : Kolonel A.J. Bullard
Bryan Cranston : Kolonel William Mortamus
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.
During WWII in Italy, a regiment of black pilots are flying around with outdated P40‘s to perform meaningless tasks because the white army top management doesn’t believe that black people are intellectually enough to perform real actions. It’s a bit like in the American Civil War, where they were seen as just cannon fodder. Eventually, they may prove themselves anyway.
Combine that with a love story and you have Red Tails.
It was a very entertaining movie, lots of action, some impressive dogfights (in my eyes anyway). I wasn’t bored for a second watching this one. It wasn’t a state of the art movie , but not as you read a lot, a total flop.
The strange thing is that on IMDB you can read totally different opinions from people who actually will know what they are talking about I guess. For example
1. As a retired USAF Fighter Pilot, having flown 100 missions as an F-105 Wild Weasel over the hottest areas of North Vietnam, and recipient of the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and ten Air Medals, I found the movie to be excellent.
2. I am a pilot in the Air Force.This is by far the absolute worst movie I have ever seen.
3. I’m a former US Air Force F-4 Phantom Weapons Systems Officer (backseater).You know this movie is crap when you start with a supposed fighter squadron commander who doesn’t know the difference between a SQUAD (thirteen infantrymen) and a SQUADRON (48 fighter pilots).
Probably it isn’t all technically accurate but it surely was thrilling entertainment.
My rating 7/10
Links : IMDB