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Tuskegree Airmen [Blu-ray]

Laurence Fishburne , Allen Payne , Robert Markowitz    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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This true story of the black flyers who broke the color barrier in the U.S. Air Force during World War II is a well-intentioned film highlighted by an excellent cast. Proud, solemn, Iowa-born Laurence Fishburne and city-kid hipster Cuba Gooding Jr. are among the hopefuls who meet en route to Tuskegee Air Force Base, where they are among the recruits for an "experimental" program to "prove" the abilities of the black man in the U.S. armed services. Fighting prejudice from racist officers and government officials and held to a consistently higher level of performance than their white counterparts, these men prove themselves in training and in combat, many of them dying for their country in the process. Andre Braugher costars as a West Point graduate who takes charge of the unit in Africa and in Italy (where it's christened the 332nd). The film is rousing, if slow starting and episodic, but it's periodically grounded by a host of war movie clichés, notably the calculated demise of practically every trainee introduced in the opening scenes (ironic given the 332nd's real-life combat record--high casualties for the enemy, low casualties among themselves, and no losses among the bombers they escorted). Ultimately the Emmy-nominated performances by moral backbone Fishburne and the dedicated Braugher and the energy and cocky confidence of Gooding give their battles both on and off the battlefield the sweet taste of victory. --Sean Axmaker

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Fireballs of high-speed air action explode off the screen in this exciting story of the "Fighting 99th" - the first squadron of Black American pilots to be allowed to fight for their country. It is 1943 and the Germans are winning the Second World War, as the U.S. suffers huge losses on the ground and in the air. Four newly recruited pilots are united by a desire to serve their country, at a time when black flyers are not welcomed in the Air Force. Now, through the brutal demands of their training, to the perils of flying over nations at war, the men they call "The Tuskegee Airmen" must undertake the riskiest mission of their lives - to prove to America that courage knows no color. Their success could earn them respect, save lives, and help win a terrible war. Their failure could destroy more hopes and dreams than their own.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!... But Could've Been Better June 25 2003
Format:DVD
I was thrilled to hear about the coming of this movie--then saddened to realize that it was only to be shown as a TV movie. It seemed to me that the saga of these marvelous aviator warriors--treated as they were as second-class citizens by their own government--is one which deserved to be a silver-screen triumph. Our four-engine bombers were being punched out of the sky by the Luftwaffe, but NEVER when the Tuskegee pilots graced their wingtips. Their combat record was nothing short of amazing. The movie was well done, with great story, great actors, great acting. Still, I came away wishing that it might have been better in one respect: During the aerial combat segments, you hear the pilots bantering back and forth loudly over the radios using these rediculous phrases: "Take that, Gerry!" "That's for yo mamma, Gerry!" This was such a great movie; why did they have to dip into corny dialogue during the dog-fighting? It was a flawless procduction till it went hackneyed in those moments.
Aside from that, it was awe-inspiring, moving, even gripping. I just hope the subject is not dropped, and that someday the Tuskegee heroes' story is given even better homage--on the silver screen. This is a far more important story than, say, the sinking of the Titanic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proud of these heroes Feb. 8 2003
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Format:DVD
I'm a white 64 year old Air Force veteran. Watching these heroes of WWII in dedicated, valorous performance, who never lost a bomber to the Nazis, brought tears and pride from me for them. For those still on the ground and for those still "On Patrol", thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie April 7 2014
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I've watched this movie over and over, it's amazing what the Negros had to go through to serve their country. They were so misunderstood. But they eventually showed them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tuskegee Airmen Jan. 29 2014
By JR TOP 500 REVIEWER
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What a Great Movie! Well done and worth the purchase to have in your movie library. It is one of those movies you can watch over and over. Just love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie Oct. 4 2013
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Excellent movie about men whose contributions in World War 2 and history were not openly publicized.

Definitely a good watch !

This was an HBO movie made for TV and was the one that introduced me to this part of history.

There is another movie called Red Tails that was released for theaters but I have not seen it.

You might find Glory (1989) to be an interesting movie as well.
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Awesome movie, our daughter and 12 year old grandson watched it with us and it provided a great opportunity to talk about discrimination, acceptance and heroes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have always enjoyed this movie Aug. 26 2013
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This is a battle within a battle.
I like cheering for the underdog. An they came through with flying colours.
However, like any war there is always caualties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie May 11 2013
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it is a movie me and my dad can watch together and both love also talk about has great actors
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5.0 out of 5 stars I would love to see more stories like this
Laurence Fishburne seems a little old to play this character. but he still amazing and so is everyone else. I purchased this DVD and Red Tails. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Aaron Clyke
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Great story. Too bad that it takes a war and so much time to recgonize men as men no matter what their color.
Published 15 months ago by Brian P. Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good!
My wife and I both enjoyed this movie immensely after I had received it from Amazon. Having not heard positive reviews about the current remake (Red Tails), we can definitely... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Thomas Jipp
5.0 out of 5 stars Tuskegee Airmen
What an amazing trial of boys who are men becoming greater men, but who were treated as lowly pets unable to accomplish the complicated. Read more
Published 23 months ago by BigRob
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
When I saw the ads announcing the imminent release of "Red Tails", I set out to look for background info on this true story. Read more
Published on March 24 2012 by Claude Jollet
5.0 out of 5 stars Tuskegree Airmen
Excellent service. Excellent movie. Packaged very well.rec'd in a timely fashion.Was a very smooth trans action & well done

Ron Taylor
Published on Feb. 16 2012 by Ronald Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Tuskegee Airman
The Tuskegee airmen is a movie that was long overdue.
It was great to see how our black airmen ( the 333rd Fighter Squadron) contributed so much to the war. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2011 by Lynn Richardson
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