Red Tails

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Red Tails

Anthony Hemingway (2012)

12A Certificate


Our Score
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.


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 drama, starring Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cast & 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 Ne-Yo
Maurice Wilson Michael B Jordan
Declan "Winky" Hall Leslie Odom Jr
Antwan "Coffee" Coleman Andre Royo
Colonel William Mortamus Bryan Cranston
Sticks Method Man
Samuel "Joker" George Elijah Kelley
Ray "Junior" Gannon Tristan Wilds
David "Deke" Watkins Marcus T Paulk
Leon "Neon" Edwards Kevin Phillips
Sofia Daniela Ruah
Colonel Jack Tomlinson Lee Tergesen
Lieutenant General Luntz Gerald McRaney
Ryan Joshua Dallas
Campbell Rupert Penry-Jones
Director Anthony Hemingway
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MomentumGuidance: Some violenceAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Jun 2012