January 19

Red Tails


Poster for the movie "Red Tails"

Red Tails (2012)

PG-13 125 min - Drama, Action, Adventure, History, War - 19 January 2012

The story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II.

Director:  Anthony Hemingway
Stars:  Bryan Cranston, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Daniela Ruah, Terrence Howard, Andre Royo, Robert Kazinsky, Lee Tergesen, Matthew Leitch, Michael B. Jordan, Method Man, Gerald McRaney, Matthew Marsh, Barnaby Kay, Chris Riedell, Leslie Odom Jr.


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The story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II.



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Country:   United States of America
Language:  English, French, German
Release Date:  19 January 2012

Box Office

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Lucasfilm Ltd., Partnership Pictures

Technical Specs

Runtime:  2 h 05 min

[vc_row][vc_column][wpsm_woobox id=”48584″][/vc_column][/vc_row]by Ginger

Red Tails is a historical drama set in World War II. Of course, it does contain continual and intense scenes of war violence. This family movie guide considers this movie to be a heavy hitter, not just due to the sheer number of bullets and explosions. The movie tells the story of the first squadron of African American pilots. This movie is based on the true story and is a tribute to the pilots of the Tuskegee Airmen.

This movie has plenty of near death scenes, daredevil stunts, bullets, death, explosions and other realities of war. However, this violence was a necessary part of the story in order to provide an accurate portrayal of the story. It is about the discrimination faced by African Americans who wanted to fight for their country the same as everyone else. This is a realistic portrayal of the attitudes towards African Americans during World War II. It is about pride and the determination of this group of exceptional men to make a difference to the cause.

This movie, Red Tails, honors the men of this exceptional group and the sacrifices that they made. It also portrays the attitudes and realities of World War II in a way that really brings it home and takes you there. However, for this reason it is not appropriate for small children. For those that are old enough to have studied World War II it will bring a deeper understanding of the realities that were faced on a daily basis. It will also bring home messages about the depth of discrimination and racial conflict that still permeated society during this period in time. For this reason, this parental guide to the movies considers it to have educational value for those 13 and above.

The one thing that could be expected is for young teens to gain a greater appreciation for how different the world we live in today is from the one that existed over Œ_ century ago. The degree to which attitudes and social values have changed is portrayed wonderfully. The movie frequently spouts derogatory language towards African Americans as a part of normal conversation. That is the way it was back then, and we can be grateful that we have evolved in many ways since that time. This movie is realistic and is recommended for the history buff or teenager in the family, but not for the younger ones. They will find the movie to be disturbing in many ways. Red Tails is a tribute to those who fought and served in World War II and is an excellent conversation starter.


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