• PG-13, 2 hr.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Anthony Hemingway
    In Theaters:
    Jan 20, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    May 22, 2012
  • 20th Century Fox

Critic Review - San Francisco Chronicle

The Tuskegee Airmen, the trailblazing African American pilots who fought off segregation and Nazis during World War II, merit a great film. "Red Tails" isn't it.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comments (14)
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groundhog53

Mike Puaca

There are two ways to present the story - populist and documentary. The story, along with an hour of aerial combat, was worthy enough to carry the story further. If the dialogue is stilted, as some say, it kept the drama dialogue of Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo and Twelve O'Clock High.
This is not a movie with Morgan Freeman as commander, but it is the first REAL aerial combat movie since the 1976 release of Midway which was heavily docu-drama. It captures the spirit of The Flying Tigers and all of the cliches that people actually spoke during the 1940s, rather than "whatever", "high five", etc.

Jan 20 - 08:14 AM

dan t.

dan teasdale

Cool story bro

Jan 20 - 10:03 AM

Bruce Wallace

Bruce Wallace

The Czech movie "Dark Blue World" was the last, and still greatest, aerial combat movie and drama...far superior to Midway.

Jan 20 - 12:14 PM

Facebook User

Facebook User

If you don't like this movie then you are a racist

Jan 20 - 12:05 PM

Bruce Wallace

Bruce Wallace

jerk

Jan 20 - 12:09 PM

Paulie Sam

Paulie Sam

lol cool story, bro.

Jan 20 - 01:16 PM

Cody Kennedy

Cody Kennedy

Pretty sure he was kidding..

Jan 20 - 02:02 PM

Nick Inzalaco

Nick Inzalaco

it's funny because either the reviewer above you or you are a plagarist, because your capsule says almost the exact same thing to the word.

Jan 20 - 03:06 PM

Henry Helmer Jr.

Henry Helmer Jr.

I took five young black men to see this movie. They could care less about the story line. They still fight against what the Airmen fought decades ago. What matters is that they saw Black Men as heroes in the film and wanted to know more about them when they left the theater. Kudos to Lucasfilm.

Jan 20 - 03:19 PM

Mason Drews

Mason Drews

Still "fight" against it, you've got to be kidding me.

Jan 24 - 11:53 AM

Jeff D.

Jeff Duvall

Henry H...you are a fucking racist.
get a cancer !

Jan 31 - 09:27 PM

Gordon Callaway

Gordon Callaway

Thank you George Lucas, for telling a story that is all but ignored. So, Amy, when will this "great" film be made? Personally, I think it already has.

Jan 20 - 07:01 PM

Jeremy J.

Jeremy Johnson

Gordon, how about in 1995? The HBO original movie (with Cuba Gooding Jr. in it!) that was nominated for a Golden Globe, a DGA, and won an Emmy and a Peabody. This has already been done, and done better.

Jan 20 - 11:06 PM

Jeremy J.

Jeremy Johnson

Gordon, how about in 1995? The HBO original movie (with Cuba Gooding Jr. in it!) that was nominated for a Golden Globe, a DGA, and won an Emmy and a Peabody. This has already been done, and done better.

Jan 20 - 11:05 PM

vinsig001

Vincent Signorile

I agree. Spot on this was a boring film.

Aug 17 - 05:13 PM

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