Patriotic Courage and Sacrifice
Release Date: January 20, 2012
Genre: War Movie
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Distributor: 20th Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: Anthony Hemingway
Executive Producer: George Lucas
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment
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When RED TAILS begins, the Tuskegee Airmen are relegated to minor support duty bombing trains and roads. Their commander, Col. Bullard (played by Terence Howard), is in Washington lobbying the Pentagon to give his men a chance to make their own contribution to the war effort. Eventually, they get new P51s and a chance to escort the B-17 bombers flying behind the enemy lines. As all this plays out, the movie focuses on the fighter pilots flying the missions, including a hotshot pilot named Joe Little, played by David Oleyowo, and their immediate superior, Major Stance, played by Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Despite a few clunky moments and brief corny dialogue, RED TAILS is an exciting, inspiring, well acted war movie honoring these brave pilots who helped turn the tide during World War II. Their job was to stick by the huge bombers and draw the fire of the Germans away from them. The movie makes the point that this put their lives at extra risk, thereby saving the lives of the 10 men on each bomber saved, all of them white.*
To tell this story, RED TAILS shows the Christian faith of several of the men. It has many positive references to Jesus Christ. One of the heroes is extremely religious and committed to Jesus. Just before the biggest mission in the movie, all the pilots gather around and pray in the Name of Jesus Christ. In another scene, RED TAILS shows the white bomber officers toasting the black officers who risked their lives to protect them.
The biggest negative to RED TAILS is the PG and PG-13 foul language in the script. Also, Capt. Little has an affair with an Italian woman, Maria, played by Daniela Ruah of NCIS: LOS ANGELES, who speaks French and Italian. In one scene, the movie shows Capt. Little standing bare-chested at a window watching the rising sun as Maria sits on a couch in her nightgown. Later, however, he asks Maria to marry him, and she accepts his proposal.
Because of the objectionable content, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.
* America’s armed forces were mostly segregated until shortly after World War II.
RED TAILS is an exciting, inspiring, well-acted war movie honoring these brave pilots. RED TAILS shows the Christian faith of several men. Just before the biggest mission, all the pilots gather and pray in the Name of Jesus Christ. In another scene, RED TAILS shows the white bomber officers toasting the black officers risking their lives to protect them. However, there’s plenty of foul language and a love affair in RED TAILS, so caution is advised for older children under 13.