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The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)

Laurence Fishburne , Allen Payne , Robert Markowitz  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Laurence Fishburne, Allen Payne, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Courtney B. Vance, Andre Braugher
  • Directors: Robert Markowitz
  • Writers: Paris Qualles, Robert Williams, Ron Hutchinson, T.S. Cook, Trey Ellis
  • Producers: Bill Carraro, Carol Bahoric
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 23, 2001
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053V7E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Tuskegee Airmen" on IMDb

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Featuring an all-star cast headed by Laurence Fishburne, 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. Based on the true story.

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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American History at its very best November 17, 1999
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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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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'd like to have the 332nd take me to Berlin" October 18, 2005
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This is an excellent story of real people. It is not PC BS where all whites are bad and all blacks are good. Instead, it is about a great and valiant group of men, the first black combat pilots during World War II. They are depicted as the heroes they were, not as supermen. They faced all of the challenges thrown at them to become pilots and they faced more challenges from their race. Some were primadonnas and some were modest. Some failed and some succeeded. Some were serious and some were jocular. Their humanity made them heroes even when others didn't want to admit their worth. They were regular guys called upon to do a difficult job and they did so with aplomb and dignity. They also did so magnificently.

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.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proud of these heroes February 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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The Tuskegee Airmen (Laurence Fishburne) 106 minutes. (for a more historical account check out the PBS with the same title)

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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding July 29, 2001
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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 Saw this movie and wanted a copy.
I saw this and decided to buy a copy It is a great move. I will recommend that you buy.
Published 1 day ago by Leon Bacchus
4.0 out of 5 stars Tuskegee Airmen
Was interesting to see another point of view on the story. Well done. I enjoyed comparing it with Red Tails.
Published 2 days ago by Eloween A. Ivey
5.0 out of 5 stars the tuskegee
The movie was interesting to watch and we Had a good time during dinner.I want to thank everyone for a great evening.The movie came in good time and played packing good thanks
Published 5 days ago by hiroko
5.0 out of 5 stars Super movie
This movie shows how America treated African Americans before the civil rights movement. This was an incredible group of men who performed a valuable service for America. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jerry W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring True Story
I just love these movies that take an obscure part of history and make me feel as if I'm right in the middle of the battle!!

Truly inspirational, and full of surprises.
Published 1 month ago by K. Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great Tuskegee Airmen
Anyone that loves aviation, has got to like this movie. The story line is first class and the flying is great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Benjamin C. Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
This is an excellent book to put into prespective the trials, tribulatioons, and successes of the Tuskegee Airmen. A must read!
Published 1 month ago by Leon S Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Depiction of the Tuskegee Airmen
I have always had a special feeling for the men and women who were in the military during WWII. As a member of the USAF (now retired), the Tuskegee Airmen were part of our history,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harleyman954
5.0 out of 5 stars Important movie!
I really enjoyed watching this movie. i believe that it shows a very important part of black history. I recommend it!
Published 1 month ago by Richard Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tuskegee Airmen
What a wonderful story of these brave young men and their struggles, barriers, and biases they had to overcome during a time when black men were shunned. Read more
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