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original title: Red Tails
duration: 2h 5min
tags: High-Octane Action and Daring Dogfights!
keywords: worldwartwo, tuskegeeairmen, italy, battle, africanamerican, twowordtitle, directorialdebut, blackjesus, militarybase, captain, pentagon, explodingship, explodingtruck, insubordination, jailcell, barf
In 1925, the US Army War College published a study in which it stated, Blacks are mentally inferior, by nature subservient, and cowards in the face of danger. They are therefore unfit for combat. How's that for backing? When that text fills the screen at the start of the film, one is left wondering Why did they bother? Fortunately, they were more interested in doing what was right than exacting revenge or becoming bitter. It is a superb story of good overcoming evil and the uplifting conclusion is no surprise to anyone living in the 21st century.
But does a fantastic story of triumph over persecution make for a perfect film? It did with Schindler's List but, alas, this is not that film.
From the start Red Tails feels wrong. The 20th Century Fox image and music play, followed by the Lucas Film logo and then