Red Tails (2012)
Critic Consensus: Despite a worthy fact-based story and obvious good intentions, Red Tails suffers from one-dimensional characters, corny dialogue, and heaps of clichés.
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as Colonel A.J. Bullard
as Major Emmanuel Stance
as Colonel William Mortamus
as Marty "Easy" Julian
as Joe "Lightning" Little
as Ray "Junior" Gannon
as Colonel Jack Tomlinson
as Andrew "Smokey" Salem
as Samuel "Joker" George
as Antwan "Coffee" Coleman
as Leon "Neon" Edwards
as Declan "Winky" Hall
as David "Deke" Watkins
as Maurice Wilson
as Pretty Boy
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Critic Reviews for Red Tails
The true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a squadron of African-American second world war flying aces, is one of those amazing tales that you just couldn't make up.
Red Tails has been described as "jingoistic, corny, über-patriotic and old-fashioned", not by some disobliging critic but by George Lucas, its executive producer.
Like many films honouring the memory of honourable minorities in the grim days before civil rights, this George Lucas-produced war epic is an insomnia cure.
Disappointment gives way to frustration at this botched opportunity to tell an important story properly.
There's no sense of threat or danger: this is a film with its head stuck firmly in the clouds.
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Excellent movie I can only hope it was all factual, and not points added to justifie race. Movie worth 5 stars
The movie has a made-for-TV feel to it and unremarkable characters. Nevertheless, it's an interesting history lesson.
"Red Tails" is a movie of all flash and little substance. The story is honestly another run of the mill blacks overcoming adversity type story. Which is fine, but it usually works better in sports movies(dunno why but it does). Honestly, it could worked great here and probably been very inspirational. However, the filmmakers decided to concentrate more on the visual effects of the dogfights as opposed to the execution of the story surrounding the action. On that note, the dogfights are amazing, and should have been in 3D. The movie was shot with special HD type cameras(or so I've read) and it gives it a very distinctive look. The acting is sub par. Terrance Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. both do good(not great) work in their smaller roles. The remaining cast,of mostly unknowns, is just standard and probably could have been cast better. Interested in the Tuskegee Airman's story, then you should probably check out the 90's HBO movie starring Laurence Fishburne. But it you want to watch amazing dogfight action, and don't need a great story, then this is for you.
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