The Tuskegee Airmen [Blu-ray]
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The story takes a group of the airmen from their pilot training in Alabama through the North African campaign where they were relegated to important but unglamorous work against ground targets. We see them mature into professionals and develop their skills, all while being denied an opportunity to prove those skills. Finally, they are moved to Europe where they face more discrimination. Even though they do a great job, no one wants to admit that they have done so. Even redneck bomber crews who have their bacon saved are reluctant to give thanks when they learn they have been saved by black men. Still, the men of the 332nd persevere.
Finally, comes the push to Berlin. The bomber crews know its going to be tough. For me, the climax comes when one of the rednecks tells his CO, "If its all the same to you, I'd like the 332nd to take me to Berlin". This is the same guy who would not even acknowledge they could fly earlier. While flying bomber escort, the 332nd never lost a single bomber to enemy fire. They were magnificent.
That is the story and it is no secret.Read more ›
Movie starts out with the scene of a black kid on a farm watching a plane fly by. The narrator reads "We all have dreams, regardless of skin color." The Little kid screaming "Wait for me"
The director uses various scenes to show the ugly face of racism: The scene where the black cadets have to get off the train-car, then camera focuses on "whites only" sign for drinking fountain, and then the camera focuses on german prisoners getting off a bus, escorted by american white military soldiers. Quite a lot of symbolism for racism in one little scene. The black cadets are forced to give up their seats for german prisenoners of war (they had to go to the "Jim Crow car"). The introductary talk of the white commanding officer of the base to the newly arrived negro corp, was simply despicably racist, not just the expected putdown from commanding officer, but pure and un-adulterated hate.
The second shock, and this is to my own assumptions ... I was shocked when the negro cadets informally introduce each other and how cerebral some of them were (aeronautical engineer, pre-med, english literature, political science, art history, sociology, economics majors). These were some bright minds there on base to prove America that they could make it.
Another excellent example of contradictory racism, is when a negro pilot does an emergency landing, and the white sherrif watching over a group of negro convicts, a chaingang, says "It's one of our boys" and later learns the opposite.
I love it when the good wins while fighting the evil - the white major who gets in trouble with his commander for implementing his racist ideas.Read more ›
This is a well done documentary that presents the story of the Tuskegee Airmen. Topics examined include the prewar state of affairs of black servicemen, their training in Tuskegee, Alabama, their air campaigns in North Africa and Europe and their less than triumphant return home after the war. At each step of the way, they had to fight individual and institutional racism and they did so in the best possible manner. They fought bigotry with sheer excellence. They remain the only fighter group never to have lost one of the bombers they were charged with protecting to enemy fire.
Participating in this documentary are some of the original airmen and their poignant recolections and anecdotes bring a very human face to go with their legendary exploits. These people include both pilots and the aircrews who kept them in the air. Ossie Davis provides narration and does a commendable job.
This documentary should be of interest to people interested in military history. It should also appeal to those concerned with the civil rights struggle. More than either of these, it should appeal to anyone who wants to see a true profile in courage.
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My best movies are based on true stories. This movie also has great actors. Its a 5 star.Published 1 day ago by MARTIN O WILSON
Great history lesson! Glad someone saw the need to give these gallant young men credit for their dedication and sacrifices they made for our nation. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mike Miller
This is a classic good acting, writing, cinematography film. I wish it had more combat scenes. Didn't take the racial tensions over the top. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jeffrey Jacoby
This movie is well made, believable, and just plain fun to watch. As an Amazon Prime member, I even got to watch it for free!Published 1 day ago by Jon and Janice
A very well done movie. Good acting, and a history lesson I didn't learn in schoolPublished 1 day ago by Darren
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