Red Tails

  • 12
  • Anthony Hemingway (2012)
  • US
  • 119 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

This action-packed movie inspired by real-life events tells the story of the Second World War's first all-black fighter squadron, known as the Tuskegee Airmen. Stationed in Italy, but restricted to picking off the remnants of German ground forces because military top brass believe the "negro" has the wrong temperament for aerial combat, the fliers (overseen by major Cuba Gooding Jr) campaign for the chance to engage the Luftwaffe in the skies. Director Anthony Hemingway, a veteran of TV series The Wire and Treme, weaves a powerful civil rights message into an otherwise traditional wartime yarn of conflict and camaraderie. The acting and dialogue may veer (perhaps intentionally) towards the stiff-upper-lip clichés of vintage fighter ace films, but executive producer George Lucas brings a healthy dose of his Star Wars magic to the CGI of the spectacular aerial sequences.

Plot Summary

Black US fighter pilots serving in Italy during the Second World War face a struggle against the racism of their fellow airmen and are relegated to patrol duties. However, as the air force faces dwindling numbers, they are given the chance to prove their worth in combat against the German luftwaffe. Fact-based adventure, starring Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cast and crew


Major Emmanuel Stance
Cuba Gooding Jr
Joe "Lightning" Little
David Oyelowo
Colonel AJ Bullard
Terrence Howard
Marty "Easy" Julian
Nate Parker
Andrew "Smokey" Salem
Maurice Wilson
Michael B Jordan
Declan "Winky" Hall
Leslie Odom Jr
Antwan "Coffee" Coleman
Andre Royo
Colonel William Mortamus
Bryan Cranston
Method Man
Samuel "Joker" George
Elijah Kelley
Ray "Junior" Gannon
Tristan Wilds
David "Deke" Watkins
Marcus T Paulk
Leon "Neon" Edwards
Kevin Phillips
Daniela Ruah
Colonel Jack Tomlinson
Lee Tergesen
Rupert Penry-Jones


Anthony Hemingway

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 1 Jun 2012
Certificate 12

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