Red Tails

Synopsis: Italy, 1944. As the war takes its toll on Allied forces in Europe, a squadron of black pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen are finally given the chance to prove themselves in the sky - even as they battle discrimination on the ground. It's a tribute to the unsung heroes who rose above extraordinary challenges and ultimately soared into history.
Director(s): Anthony Hemingway
Production: 20th Century Fox
  2 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
125 min


Let's get them!

Where are

the damn fighters going?

They've gone chasing scalps,

leaving us unprotected again.

Damn those

glory-grabbing bastards!

Bandits! Hundreds of them!

Six o'clock!

Is there anything

left of our escort?

Negative, boss.

Damn it! Why don't

they worry about us?

I can't believe this!

It never fails.

Oh, no.

Stay with me.

This is Bouncing Betty.

Engine three is out.

We're falling back. Two,

you take lead position.

Need the extinguisher.


Mayday! Mayday!

Prepare to bail out.

I repeat, prepare to bail...

Red One to Red Two, come in.

Are you awake

over there, Lightning?

Yeah, yeah, sorry.

Boy, I need a nap!

Well, look alive. Wouldn't

want you to miss this war.

War is hell. What we're doing

is just boring as hell.

Whoever she was, I hope she

was worth losing sleep over.

Oh, trust me, she was worth it!


Junior, you okay?

Fine as wine, Red One. The sky

is blue and my guns are hot.

Joker, you all right?

Nope. I feel like I'm flying

my grandfather's Buick.

Coolant indicator's

all over the map.

And to think I was as happy as a

church lady when I got this plane.

All right, Red Four, you're done.

Take it on home.

Come on now, Captain, this gauge

over here is a piece of crap.

Captain, let me give it a looky

before you send him back.

He's not trailing

any oil or water.

Seems to me like he's

just got a bad indicator.

Come on, Easy. Let

me fly, sir, please?

You know it ain't gonna be

no fun without me.

All right. Okay.

You stay on, Red Four.

You stay on, but you keep

an eye on it, all right?

Thank you, sweetheart.

Just my luck I get stuck

with the flying wreck.

Another P-40 from

Uncle Sam's junkyard.

It looks like we

got a truck up there.

It's got German markings.

Junior, it's your turn.

Yes, sir!

Prepare to feel

the wrath of the Ray Gun.

I'm on your wing, Junior!

Come on.

You see that?

Congratulations, kid.

You killed yourself a truck.


We can go back victorious.

Everybody, form up.

We're going home.


Easy, I see something. It's a train!

Eleven o'clock.

I don't think it's German.

I don't see any guns.

Looks like they're

moving livestock to me.

No. It's military.

It's camouflaged.

It could just be cows.

You don't want to shoot up no

cows if you don't have to.

Unless y'all

planning on a barbecue.

Nobody sees any guns?

I'm telling you, Easy,

that's a munitions train.

And I bet it's

armed to the teeth.

You grown-ups better think fast.

It's headed for that tunnel.

All right. Only one way to find out.

Let's go get it.

Wait. Easy,

we got to take it head-on,

low, so their guns

can't hit us.

It's my decision, Lightning.

Stay in formation.

Looks like these

cows are armed.

Come on.

Stay in front of it!

Die, you Nazi dogs!

Dang! Those cows

just shot up my wing!

No sweat. No sweat.

If that train makes it into the

tunnel, they'll stop in there.

Where's Lightning?

Where the hell

are you, Lightning?

Taking the train from the front,

like you should have done.

Come on. Come on. Come on.


Whoa! Sh*t!



Nothing like a good old

Georgia ass-whupping.

Just trying to keep

you boys inspired.

How's this headline

for inspiration?

"Negro Pilot Dies Because He's

Too Stupid To Follow Orders."

Your plane looks like

it's been through a shredder.

How are you going to

explain that to Coffee?

By explaining to him that I'm

the one who blew up the train.

You boys go on ahead.

I've spotted something.

Lightning destroyed

another one.

Look at that mess.

Look at that mess.

I guess we'll be

working all night again.

It's been a long time

since you've seen your sweetheart.

Too bad she's

dancing with someone new.

This is Axis Mary coming to you

from Berlin with

your favorite music.

Never thought that you would be

Standing here so close to me

There's so much I feel

that I should say

But words can wait

Until some other day

How about one time you bring my

plane home without wrecking it?

Good morning, Mr. Coffee.

You keep tearing up

my planes like this,

you're gonna be wearing

your balls for a necktie.

See, I can't let you do that,

'cause I just saw a goddess

who's gonna bear

my beautiful children.

You're a clown, Lightning.

You need to grow up.

We can't afford to

have any more planes

taken off the line

with your stupid...

What is this?

What did you do?

Oh, man! Where did

that come from?

What happened was...


Come see what this

clown did to the plane.

I can see what you're thinking.

What the hell is this? Did

somebody throw a train at you?

Coffee, I can see you're upset.

Maybe we should talk

about this another time.

Oh, we got a new recruit here!

Hey there.

You lost, son?

I was looking for Jimmy Wayans.

Uh, Jimmy got shot down must've

been, what, two weeks ago?

I believe so.

Well, is Uly Douglas here?


Furball's dead, son.

Crashed on takeoff.

You're just a bad-luck

Chuck, aren't you?

Everybody you know ends up on

the wrong side of the dirt.

Don't pay him no mind, boy.

My name's Smokey.

This here's Neon,

this is Joker.

Flight Officer

Maurice Wilson, sir!

You can leave all that saluting, son.

You're home now.

Seeing as how

everybody you know dead,

you might as well bunk with us.

Wait. Wait. Wait.

Just don't bad luck us before

you get up in this Jeep now.

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John Ridley

John Ridley IV (born October 1965) is an American screenwriter, film director, novelist, and showrunner, known for 12 Years a Slave, for which he won an Academy Award in 2013 for Best Adapted Screenplay. more…

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