“Red Tails” is a 2012 war film directed by Anthony Hemingway and produced by George Lucas. The movie is based on the true story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American pilots who fought in World War II.
The story follows the pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group as they face racial discrimination and skepticism from their white counterparts in the Army Air Corps. Despite the odds against them, the Tuskegee Airmen become one of the most respected and successful squadrons in the war effort, earning the nickname “Red Tails” for the distinctive markings on their planes.
The film features an ensemble cast that includes Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nate Parker, David Oyelowo, and Michael B. Jordan. The aerial action sequences are a highlight of the film, as the Red Tails engage in dogfights with German planes and provide support for Allied ground forces.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising the film’s historical significance and the performances of the cast, while others criticized the simplistic and clichéd storytelling. Nevertheless, “Red Tails” was a modest box office success and remains a noteworthy entry in the canon of war movies that explore the experiences of African American soldiers.
Duration: 125 min.