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Film Date :   January 20, 2012
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Red Tails

Red Tails

Red Tailsis a 2012 war film directed by Anthony Hemingway from a screenplay by John Ridley and Aaron McGruder , with George Lucas serving as the executive producer.The film is inspired by the Tuskegee Airmen , a group of African American United States Army Air Force (USAAF) servicemen during World War II .Red Tailsis the first Lucasfilm production sinceRadioland Murders(1994) not associated with theIndiana JonesorStar Warsfranchises. The film stars Cuba Gooding, Jr. (who previously starred inThe Tuskegee Airmen ,an HBO made-for-television film about the same group of pilots) in his first theatrical film in five years,and Terrence Howard (who portrayed a Tuskegee pilot inHart's War).

In 1944, after enduring racism throughout their recruitment and training in the Tuskegee training program , the 332nd Fighter Group of young African American USAAF fighter pilots are finally sent into combat in Italy, although flying worn-out Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft. Chafing at their ground attack missions against trains and enemy ground transport, the Tuskegee Airmen recognize that they may never take on fighter-to-fighter action against theLuftwaffe. The tight-knit group of Joe "Lightning" Little ( David Oyelowo ), Martin "Easy" Julian ( Nate Parker ), Ray "Ray Gun" or "Junior" Gannon ( Tristan Wilds ), and Samuel "Joker" George ( Elijah Kelley ) under the guidance of Major Emanuel Stance ( Cuba Gooding, Jr. ) and Col. A.J. Bullard ( Terrence Howard ), face a military bureaucracy still resistant to accepting black flyers as equals.

A constant strife erupts between roommates and best friends, Easy and Lightning, who are battling their inner demons; Lightning is a hotheaded and reckless pilot who takes too many risks, while Easy is an alcoholic prone to self doubt. After returning to base from a mission, Lightning spies a pretty Italian girl named Sofia ( Daniela Ruah ), becomes instantly infatuated with her, and starts a relationship.

Meanwhile, Stance is able to secure a chance to "light up the board" when the Tuskegee Airmen are chosen to support the Allied landings in Operation Shingle . They battle German fighters led by German ace pilot "Pretty Boy" (Lars van Riesen), scoring their first aerial victories over the enemy, as well as destroying a German airfield. However, Ray Gun is injured during the battle and suffers impaired vision in one of his eyes. Ray Gun begs Easy to keep him on the flight roster, and he ultimately relents.

Bullard is then approached by the USAAF Bomber Command, who are impressed with the Tuskegee Airmen's performance and ask him to use his fighters as bomber escorts due to unacceptably high casualties among bomber crews. Bullard accepts on the condition that his unit be supplied with the new North American P-51 Mustang . The Tuskegee Airmen then paint the tails of their fighters red in order to stand out. Bullard identifies the flaw in the tactics of previous escort fighters is that they would recklessly pursue German fighters at the cost of protecting the bombers, so he orders his pilots to stay with the bombers at all costs. Their first escort mission is a success, with the 332nd downing multipleLuftwaffeaircraft without the loss of a single bomber. However, Ray Gun is shot down and forced to bail out while Deke is forced to crash land and nearly dies.

Easy is shocked at the unit's losses and blames himself, spiraling deeper into his alcoholism. Lightning, worried about his friend, makes a deal with Easy; he will follow orders and fly less recklessly as long as Easy remains sober. Meanwhile, attitudes against the Tuskegee Airmen begin to change as they earn the bomber crews' respect, even being allowed into the "whites only" officer's club. Ray Gun is captured by the Germans and sent to a POW camp, where he is recruited by a group of POWs who are planning to escape. The escape attempt is successful but the POWs are spotted by a guard. Ray Gun then draws the Germans' attention while the other POWs escape. One of the POWs manages to reach the 332nd's base and informs them about Ray Gun's sacrifice, assuming him to be dead. Later, Lightning finally proposes to Sofia and she accepts.

The Tuskegee Airmen are then tasked with escorting the first flight of bombers to directly attack Berlin. However, despite their P-51s having more than enough fuel for the trip, the 332nd is only tasked to escort the bombers on the first leg of their journey due to propaganda reasons. However, the fighter squadron meant to relieve the 332nd never arrives, and Easy makes the decision to stay with bombers. They are then attacked by Pretty Boy, now leading a flight of revolutionary Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighters. Despite being outclassed by the jet fighters' superior speed, the Tuskegee Airmen are able to shoot down many of the Me 262s. Pretty Boy then gets on Easy's tail and is about to shoot him down. At the last moment, Lightning attacks and kills Pretty Boy in a head on attack, but is mortally wounded and eventually crashes. Easy is then forced to inform Sofia about Lightning's death and consequently overcomes his alcoholism for good. At Lightning's funeral, Ray Gun miraculously returns, having survived his escape from German captivity.

Ultimately, the Tuskegee Airmen are awarded the Presidential Unit Citation in honor of their achievements.

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