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as Blaine Rawlings
as Reed Cassidy
as Lt. Giroux
as Eddie Beagle
as Eugene Skinner
as William Jensen
as Briggs Lowry
as Vernon Toddman
as Lyle Porter
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Critic Reviews for Flyboys
Aafter a while -- there must be six major fights against unending numbers of German planes -- it feels like special effects run amok.
Why make such a corny and incredibly predictable film?
The painstaking authenticity and appealing cast of Flyboys can't overcome the cloyingly formulaic nature of its story.
This is old-school moviemaking, for better or worse, which means rat-a-tat dogfights in the sky combined with overripe romantic and social clichés on the ground.
Besides some fine dogfight sequences, it often feels threadbare, just an exercise in recycling.
Flyboys has computer imaging and a fleet of vintage aircraft on its side, but it remains considerably less convincing than Wings (1927), and less exciting.
Audience Reviews for Flyboys
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.
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.
What a wonderful film! Right from start to finish I enjoyed every bit of it!