Red Tails Launches Into Theaters Near You

George Lucas is no stranger to Tom Cruise fans. Although the famous director of the Star Wars empire hasn’t helmed any of Tom’s films, the technology developed by his company Lucasfilm Ltd has figured prominently in Minority Report, War of the Worlds and Mission: Impossible.

That same technology is at work in the visually stunning Red Tails, which Lucas executive produced. Twenty-three years in the making, the movie follows the heroic and turbulent true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American fighter pilots who overcame rampant racism and intense cultural prejudice during World War II to distinguish themselves as some of the war efforts most talented and dedicated flyers. Lucas believed so strongly in the necessity of bringing this story to the silver screen that he invested millions of dollars of his own money to get it made. If its opening weekend is any indication, this high-octane aerial adventure should reward that heavy personal investment.

But Lucas isn’t the only familiar face to Cruise fans in Red Tails. Playing the role of Major Emmanuel Stance is the one-and-only Cuba Gooding, Jr. The Show-Me-The-Money star of Jerry Maguire is involved with this story for the second time. In 1995, he acted in HBO’s “The Tuskegee Airmen”, along with Laurence Fishburne. For that production he told The Huffington Post recently that he went through a boot camp-style training program and flew with professional pilots, an experience that often left his lunch in his lap after repeated loops and spirals. As intense as the training could be, and as visually electric as the film is, the reality of the story does more than just provide fodder for an action-adventure movie. Gooding told that it is also “educating the audience of what African Americas did in the war effort in World War II.” Combine that history lesson with Lucas’s skill at generating tension, and “you’re going to see an amusement park ride,” says Gooding.

For a taste of what he’s talking about, check out the official trailer.

Red Tails Story Synopsis

Inspired by the perseverance and courage of the Tuskegee Airmen, Red Tails begins its story with World War II in full swing. As the war continues to take its toll on Allied Forces in Europe, the Pentagon brass, desperate to protect its dwindling numbers of bombers, look to an option previously considered unthinkable. At long last it gives the Tuskegee Airmen the chance to prove themselves in battle and forever put to rest the misplaced belief that blacks lacked the courage, discipline, and intelligence to be fighter pilots. Against all the odd, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies in awe-inspiring displays of bravery and heroism to fight for their country and for the fate of the free world.

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  • Mirandayanelys

    I Love any Movie and The war Type is one of the Most superber to let us reminds us how everything was done before our time My father us to tell me that American soldiers were the superberb at fight the front in the wars againt any enemy and they did  a superber  job and i say that they did i hope we get to more about these kinds of heros in the big Screen and I love all they done to Keep Our Soil Free Yanelys Miranda In Memory Of Father he belive In freedom 

  • SharonC

    So happy to see that Tom is supporting a movie that he isn’t in. This is a great movie about American heroes and the dogfight battle scenes are AMAZING! A must see for everyone. :-)

  • Ajackiern4321

    It’s a great movie. Full of action, the dog fights were so exciting. Our whole family saw it and we loved it! :-)

  • John

    I thought the movie was excellent – it was meant to be an action-filled drama that has a 1940s movie feel to it, and I think Hemingway/Lucas did a great job of it. The Tuskegee Airmens’ story is amazing with or without a movie, and this will open the eyes of many people as to what they had to accomplish to get into combat. The flight and fight scenes are truly fantastic – I really felt like I was in the planes pulling Gs on the wild turns.

    I am a little biased – I made the leather jackets for the main characters in the film. The movie idea that was pitched to me in 2009 was much smaller in scope, so this film really outdid what their ambitions were at that time. I love seeing historic films of that era, and the visual effects that Lucas created made me really happy. I hope the Tuskegee Airmen are enjoying applauds of their efforts, too. They did all the hard work, and their story is always worthy of being told.

    Lucas said this was the “soft middle” of a three-part story. He’s hoping that someone else will make a great movie about their struggle to get into aircraft in the first place, and then their push that started the civil rights movement after the war.

    I’ll be seeing it again this weekend.


  • Murfdipity

    In honor of Tom in Top Gun and all of the Tuskegee Airmen – here are the 10 Reasons White People Should Watch Red Tails!