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The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)


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Based on a true story, The Tuskegee Airmen chronicles the experiences of the first African-American fighter pilots in the U.S. Army Air Corps. Using Hannibal Lee (Laurence Fishburne) as a focal point, the movie follows the airmen from their initial training at Tuskegee, Alabama, through their combat assignments during World War II. Featuring fascinating vintage military planes and exciting air-combat footage, the film also depicts the racism encountered by the pilots. In one example, the airmen

Jan 23, 2001

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The script's familiar, since air combat isn't a new genre by a long shot, but the additional mission of the men proving themselves gives telepic its extra dimension.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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True story of African-Americans in WWII has mature themes.

March 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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The script has a weak structure and the characters are fairly superficial, but the film is still moving as all get out.

August 25, 2008

A superbly crafted production featuring outstanding aerial sequences.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Too self-important, too cliched, and too dismissive of the talent at its disposal.

August 29, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Tuskegee Airmen

A good film that could have benefited from a larger budget.
January 17, 2009
Randy Tippy

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Based on a true story, "The Tuskegee Airmen" tells the story of a group of African American pilots and their challenges in becoming airmen for the United States to help fight for their country. The film includes many clips of actual footage of various missions being carried out mixed in with the rest of the acted material. The film is a simple but effective look into the troubled and corrupt world that blacks were forced to be part of during times of segregation. There were moments you could feel the pain and loss through their eyes and there were several times I connected with these men and their struggles. Overall this was a wonderful film that HBO made for television and is much more correlated with a theatrical film then a television movie. This is a solid watch no matter the color of your skin and is a great story of acceptance in the most basic of ways.
January 25, 2012
Chris Browning

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Ackackack go the enemy fighters, swoonswoonswoon go the soundtrack violins... Well, you could do worse than watch Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr , Andre Braugher and more swoop stylishly through the air and stride fetchingly around in pilots jackets for ninety minutes , but both the calibre of acting and the true story of an elite squad of black US pilots fighting racism and Germans are let down by the made-for-HBO-tv overdramatics .
November 13, 2009
Lesley N

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Boring. Laurence Fishburne is so terribly wrong for the part.
February 25, 2007

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    1. Billy Roberts: Why would you want to fly for a country that thanks you by lynching you?
    – Submitted by Frances H (12 months ago)
    1. Senator Conyers: As God is my witness, those boys will never see combat.
    – Submitted by Frances H (12 months ago)
    1. Lt. Glenn: Friends die in our business and the only protection you have against losing them is not to have any.
    – Submitted by Frances H (12 months ago)
    1. Major Joy: This ain't your country. Your country's full of apes and gorillas, malaria, missionaries.
    – Submitted by Frances H (12 months ago)
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