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The Tuskegee Airmen [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres franais)
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Tuskegee Airmen, The (BD)
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Laurence Fishburne and Andre Braugher deliver stellar performances as Hannibal Lee and the great military leader Benjamin O. Davis. The other great actors who have some sort of direct or distant connection to the cause, to contribute were Cuba Gooding Jr., Courtney B. Vance, Allen Payne, Malcolm Jamal Warner, and Andre Braugher.
This film was wrapped up for me when a red necked White bomber pilot says in the final briefing: "I have a crew whose lives are my responsibility. If it's all the same to you Sir, I want the 332nd to take me to Berlin and back". That cinematic statement is a long overdue.
`Tuskegge Airmen' is a movie that should be viewed by all Americans interested in seeing a slice of Americana that's been neglected. Most will identify with the raw emotion evoked by the plight of these brave and talented men. Black Americans will be moved to tears as we are reminded of what those trailblazers overcame so that future Black soldiers, airmen and every day citizens could take their rightful place in American society, proud of their past and heritage. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the Tuskegee Airmen. This movie makes it clear why. I hope HBO continues it's long trend of fantastic films and series.
Pure delight. The dog fight scenes are very well done. Man, those Mustangs were beautiful machines! The acting is very realistic for a movie based on a true story. I'm going to stop here because I fear I might give away too much.
I think my love for aviation bloomed when I read my first book on WW II air warfare (I forget the title, but it was a true story of the war time ace, Douglas Bader). I fell in love with fighter planes of that era. I am still very much hooked at 66! :-)
All in all, a very satisfying movie that I will love seeing again and again. I have yet to see "Red Tails". It had better be good (by that I mean the computer enhanced effects had better be good!;)
To add to my pleasure, this movie was part of an order eligible for free shipping. I ordered on a Thursday evening ... and UPS delivered the next day during lunch time! :-) Free shipping reportedly takes 4-7 days. I got it inside 24 hours. Amazing, as I live in the countryside, some 60 km NE of Montreal! That's twice in so many weeks. Lightning can and does strike twice at Amazon.ca LOL
Ask me if I'm satisfied.
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This is a terrific movie as it shows there was a serious contribution to WWII by the African American. Typical US though there are a whole lot of liberties taken. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Geri Canimhart
This was an eyeopener for me! The story was well told and very interesting to know what happened to these brave men.Published 18 months ago by Mozart
We purchased this DVD to add to our collection having seen it a couple of times on tv. Based on a true story during World War II it is one of those stories that doesn't capture as... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Movie Nut
“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
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It was a well done movie without, I think, the hollywood embellishments.Published on Aug. 10 2014 by Paul S. Levin