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Red Tails
Red Tails

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Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr.
Jan 20, 2012
PG-13, 2 hr.


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Movie Info

Cast: Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bryan Cranston, Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, Tristan Wilds, Method Man, Lee Tergesen, Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley
Director: Anthony Hemingway
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hr.
Genre: Drama
Theater Release: Jan 20, 2012
DVD Release: May 22, 2012
Synopsis: 1944. To help win the war, the Pentagon brass has no choice but to consider the untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are about to be shut down and shipped back home, they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. These intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country - and the fate of the free world. -- (C) Official Site

Critic Reviews

  • Tom Huddleston, Time Out
    There's no sense of threat or danger: this is a film with its head stuck firmly in the clouds.
  • Leah Rozen, TheWrap
    Sadly, Red Tails tells its inspiring story in the most old-fashioned, Saturday-afternoon-at-the-movies kind of way. The movie occasionally flies but it never soars.
  • Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
    This is so generic as storytelling that it fails even as a basic history lesson: it's hard to believe that the stock conflicts on-screen have any connection to real events.
  • James Berardinelli, ReelViews
    One can get away with a lot of cornball speeches a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away but it doesn't work nearly as well a short time ago on planet Earth.
  • Eric D. Snider,
    Red Tails is better than nothing - but "nothing" isn't the other option. That HBO film is still out there, and Red Tails doesn't add to it or improve upon it.
  • Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
    Instead of pride or anger or resolve, all it left me feeling was a little bit of regret that I hadn't been home, watching "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" instead.
  • Kevin C. Johnson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    The battle scenes soar, thanks to top-notch and thrilling special effects. Quieter scenes give characters added dimension, such as those that address one officer's drinking problem.
  • James Adams, Globe and Mail
    Red Tails is a lousy film. Not wincingly bad, mind you, just mediocre.
  • Tom Long, Detroit News
    The Tuskegee Airmen were serious heroes, on a number of levels. They deserve a serious movie. "Red Tails" is not that movie.
  • Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
    The African American fliers' great achievement merits a great movie. "Red Tails" isn't it.
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