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Flyboys (2006)



Critic Consensus: A poorly scripted history-rewriting exercise with mediocre acting and unconvincing CGI battle scenes.

Movie Info

This historical documentary takes an in-depth look at the famous Tuskeegee Airmen, taking viewers through the story of its origin, when a group of largely African American pilots joined the institute, and visiting a training base today to see a real day in the life of a Fly Boy. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for war action violence and some sexual content)
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Blake Evans, Phil Sears, David S. Ward, Blake T. Evans, Tony Bill
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 30, 2007
Box Office: $13.0M


James Franco
as Blaine Rawlings
Martin Henderson
as Reed Cassidy
David Ellison
as Eddie Beagle
Jean Reno
as Capt. Thenault
Tyler Labine
as Briggs Lowry
Abdul Salis
as Eugene Skinner
Philip Winchester
as William Jensen
Augustin Legrand
as Lt. Giroux
Keith McErlean
as Vernon Toddman
Michael Jibson
as Lyle Porter
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Critic Reviews for Flyboys

All Critics (135) | Top Critics (37)

Each air battle has been scripted as a set piece that not only shows off the capabilities of the pilots and their machines, but also advances the plot. Bring your Dramamine!

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

It may indeed be inspired by a true story, but what we see onscreen is simply "Star Wars" set in some fantasy French air base circa 1917.

Full Review… | February 1, 2010

The characters, although based on real life people, are one-dimensional stereotypes that exist for the sole purpose of presenting indistinguishable flesh-and-blood pilots for superabundant air battles.

Full Review… | April 25, 2009

The best of Pearl Harbor meeting the worst of HBO's Band of Brothers.

Full Review… | September 16, 2007
Calgary Movies

Yearning for a time when warfare seemed so much simpler and more honourable, Flyboys is a thrilling, spectacular ride - but only when its dull characters get off the ground.

Full Review… | June 12, 2007

This well-produced, engaging film somewhat overreaches itself, trying to turn a crackling adventure into a sweeping emotional epic.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Flyboys


Solid special effects and good acting by Franco make this film good enough to be worth multiple watches. A story about WWI flying aces with todays special effects was long past its due.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

This is a great movie about flying aces during WW1. A small group of Americans go to France to join the flying corps and battle the German flying aces, alittle cliched in places, alittle smoochy here and there and rather predictable to be honest but this is good boys own Biggles type stuff based on fact.

The effects are great and do the job, the dogfights are really excellent and quite tense whilst the acting is ok, not great but worthy enough. The story sucks you in with its brash tale of young aces and romance and its not hard to get behind the heroes and cheer as they bring down the bosh haha. Overall its not really graphic with the bloodshed and not extreme in any way but it does the job of showing how the pilots fought and what they went through, with alittle Hollywood sparkle of course ;)

Think 'Memphis Belle' with better effects and abit more realism, good fun with a caring heart to the facts. Scarfs on and chocks away chaps.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


It really wanted to be good, but it was just too cheesy. The dialogue, acting and plot cliches were just too annoying for me to enjoy the movie as a whole, despite the fact that some of the dogfight scenes were pretty cool.

Summer W.

Super Reviewer

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