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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 (36 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
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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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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“What a sad time for America to forget who helped them in a time of need,
The Tuskegee Airmen” was the best in the business, at air fighting, even though
their were not wanted, because of the color of their skin, even the Germans prisoners
were allowed to sit in the front of the train,
based on the true story of the 332nd fighter Squadron, when the Germans were winning
the second world war, suffering huge losses on the ground and in the air, these were the men
who stand united to serve their country, a time when black flyers are not welcome in the air force,

“I would like to post a scrip from the booklet that comes with this blu-ray,
In spite of their unquestionable heroism and service to our country, many outside of air command
do not know about the Tuskegee airmen, in may 1988, the air force dedicated an eight-foot cast bronze statue
of an African American WW 11 fighter pilot at the air force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. in honor
of the 942 Army Air Force pilots who graduated from Tuskegee Army Flying School,
at its base the the following inscription,
they rose from adversity through competence, courage, commitment, and capacity to serve America on silver wings,
and set a standard few will transcend,
English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
runtime 106 Min.
It’s Sad To Know The Service You Provide Is Not Welcome....
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5.0 out of 5 stars A History Lesson Long Overdue June 1 2002
Format:VHS Tape
If one is looking for real American heroes, one need look no further than those proud pilots that formed the flying corps that graduated from historic Tuskegee State University,
This excellently told and acted film highlights the tale through the use of exciting action sequences, revealing military settings, and bravura acting from an assemblage of some of finest actors on the contemporary scene. With such award-winning talent as Fishburne, Gooding, Braugher, Lithgow, the production can only be hailed as top-notch.
Supporting performances from Malcolm Jamal-Warner (Theo on "The Cosby Show"), Christopher McDonald ("Family Law"), Mekhi Phifer ("O"), Allen Payne ("A Perfect Storm") and Courtney B. Vance ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent") and Viveca A. Fox ("Independence Day") only add to the acting dynamic.
9/11 has made it imperative that we look at those individuals that contributed magnificently to this country's success in time of crisis.
The Tuskegee Airmen were an integral part of that story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding July 29 2001
This movie not only addresses the tragedy and patriotism of those of served our country in WWII, but in brings to light the discrimination that was also a very real part of the existence of our black american heroes. This movie is not what I originally feared it would be, a typical portrayl of the oppresive white man keeping the black man down. It showed the courage and tenacity of a group of Americans (in the case African Americans) who fought and died for their country in the war to end all wars. The storyline follows a group of black pilots who not only bring honor and pride to themselves, but their country. They lived the motto, "My country, right or wrong, my country." It didn't matter that these men were discriminated against because they were black, they did the job that had to be done and they did it well. What more can we ask of any American? Watch this movie for the accurate history it portrays, not only in the struggle for equality in our country, but for all the guts and glory of those fighting men we owe our very freedom to today. God bless America.
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5.0 out of 5 stars American History at its very best Nov. 17 1999
Format:VHS Tape
The story of the magnificent 332nd Fighter Group is woven into a dramatic tapestry of the horror of war and the disjointed approach of many Americans to a difficult time and a situation many would have preferred to ignore. The performance of the pilots who graduated the Tuskegee Training Program (they NEVER lost an escorted bomber to enemy action!) unfolds against the backdrop of misunderstanding, racism and political machinations that nearly destroyed the entire enterprise. This film does a magnificent job of telling the tale without being melodramatic, preachy or snide, but does full justice to the accomplishments of the pilots and their eventual victory against both German pilots and their own nation's refusal to recognize their talents. For the student of World War II, this is a well-known and much-respected story. For the student of African-American History, it is a tale of pride which shines as brightly as the stars on the American Flag these men so courageously defended. Fishburn and Cuba Gooding are superior as men caught between their own humanity and the de-humanizing effects of war. If ever a film deserve a 5-Star rating, this one does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was a well done movie without, I think, the hollywood embellishments.
Published 1 month ago by Paul S. Levin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
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.
Published 5 months ago by BC_Dude
5.0 out of 5 stars Tuskegee Airmen
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.
Published 7 months ago by JR
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
Excellent movie about men whose contributions in World War 2 and history were not openly publicized.

Definitely a good watch ! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brock.in.BC
5.0 out of 5 stars Tuskegee Airmen is a gripping story of discrimination, strength and...
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.
Published 12 months ago by Pauline Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Have always enjoyed this movie
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.
Published 12 months ago by John Mohan
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
it is a movie me and my dad can watch together and both love also talk about has great actors
Published 16 months ago by bugslythepug
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 20 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 20 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 on Aug. 1 2012 by Thomas Jipp
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