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Red Tails

// Information about the movie Red Tails, inspired on the Tuskegee Airmen.


The Red Tails movie based on real events, tells the story of a group of African-American pilots who fought during World War II, facing the dangers of conflict and prejudices imposed by the upper ranking persons of the U.S. Army for being black.
Until the call for duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard, the Red Tails were a crew of African-American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, faced segregation while being kept mostly on the ground during World War II.



Main Actors/Actresses:

  • Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Major Emanuel Stance)
  • Terrence Howard (Col. A.J Bullard)
  • Nate Parker (Martin "Easy" Julian)
  • David Oyelowo (Joe "Lightning" Little)
  • Ne-Yo (Andrew "Smoky" Salem)
  • Elijah Kelley (Samuel "Joker" George)
  • Tristan Wilds (Ray "Ray Gun" or "Junior" Gannon)
  • Kevin Phillips (Leon "Neon" Edwards)
  • Marcus T. Paulk (David "The Deacon" Watkins)
  • Michael B. Jordan (Maurice "Bumps" Wilson)
  • Daniela Ruah (Sofia)
  • Bryan Cranston (Col. William Mortamus)
  • Ryan Early (Captain Bryce)
  • Lars van Riesen ("Pretty Boy" - the German antagonist pilot)
  • Method Man ("Sticks")
  • Gerald McRaney (General Luntz)
  • Henry Garrett (Hart)
  • Robert Kazinsky (Chester Barnes)
  • Rick Otto (Flynt)
  • Josh Dallas (Ryan Fling)
  • Lee Tergesen (Col. Jack Tomilson)
  • Andre Royo (Chief "Coffee" Coleman)
  • Leslie Odom, Jr. (Walter "Winky" Hall)
  • Jermaine Johnson ("Sneeky")
  • Edwina Finley ("CeCe")
  • Stacie Davis (Mae)
  • Aml Ameen ("Bag O'Bones")
  • Rupert Penry-Jones (Campbell)
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. is not new to the subject of the film. He has previously been in The Tuskegee Airmen (1995).
  • In an interview with The New York Times, George Lucas stated that the personalities of Easy and Lightning are based on Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, respectively.
  • Samuel L. Jackson was in talks with George Lucas at one point to star in and possibly direct the film. 
  • In preparation, George Lucas and his staff interviewed surviving Tuskegee Airmen and were given access to their original mission logbooks. 



Original Title: Red Tails
Genre: Action
Director: Anthony Hemingway (+George Lucas)
Producers: Rick McCallum, Chas. Floyd Johnson
Running time: 121 min
Studio: Lucasfilm
Distribution: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: January 20, 2012 (USA)
Script: John Ridley
Music: Terence Blanchard
Director of photography: John Aronson
Edition: Michael O'Halloran, Ben Burtt

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