• Red Tails (2012)

Red Tails

Release Date: January 20th, 2012

DVD Release Date: May 22nd, 2012

PG-13 |2 hr 5 min

Plot Summary

During World War II, the Civil Aeronautics Authority selects 13 black cadets to become part of an experimental program at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. The program aims at training "colored personnel" to become fighter pilots for the Army. However, discrimination, lack of institutional support and the racist belief that these men lacked the intelligence and aptitude for the job dog their every step. Despite this, the Tuskegee Airmen, as they become known, more than prove their worth.

Cast: Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Ne-Yo , Elijah Kelley, Bryan Cranston, Mack Wilds

Director: Anthony Hemingway

Genres: War , Historical drama

Production Co: Lucasfilm Ltd.

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Underdog, 1940s, Quest, Heartwarming

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    In the end Red Tails is mostly about the coolness of flying. Its heart is in the clouds, instead of with the men at the controls. show more

  • 75
    Lou LumenickNew York Post

    A well-acted, well-directed (by TV veteran Anthony Hemingway) popcorn movie with great aerial battles and solid dramatic scenes that hold your attention for two good hours. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Every character here is so squeaky-clean, and the prejudice as depicted is so toothless and easily overcome, that the film feels like a gingerly fantasy version of what, in real life, was an exceptional example of resilient trail-blazing. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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