The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)


“The four elements: earth, air, water, and fire. Of these, I call your attention to two: air and fire. Though it is your privilege to live in the air, you will die by fire.” – Major Sherman Joy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 May 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A group of African American men volunteer to learn to be fighter pilots in World War II, but the military policies and restrictions on them due to their race could cause even more problems for them.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out yet never had the chance to see what it was all about even though I knew the overall premise.

This is quite a powerful film that allows us to see how these men were treated while trying to fulfill their patriotic duty.

They needed to endure both physical and mental abuse throughout their training and beyond, yet their drive helped them become one of the best squadron of pilots in the war.

The various characters are all presented in a very cliched way but that actually helps to differentiate between the various problems each of them needed to deal with along the way while each of the archetypes dealt with similar situations in diverse ways.

The film has a great cast that is led by Laurence Fishburne who is perfectly cast in the main role.

He is helped along by Malcolm Jamal Warner, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Courtney Vance and they all show the kind of heroism that these men had in them that pushed them to the limits in order to serve their country despite the laws of segregation that were in effect at that time.

The story is quite poignant throughout and we are able to get a much better understanding of what these men needed to go through at that time.

Bottom Line – Powerful film that show the mental and physical toll that these men needed to deal with while trying to do their patriotic duty. The various characters are all somewhat cliches but this actually helps to differentiate between them while also showing how each archetype dealt with the situations that they faced. The cast is great with Fishburne giving a stellar performance in the lead. He is helped by Warner, Gooding and Vance in showing the heroism and drive that these men had despite the segregation laws at the time.  They find a way to make this entire story quite poignant and stays that way throughout. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Cuba Gooding Jr. also starred in Red Tails (2012). It picks up pretty much where this film ended, with the pilots in Europe and their plight in trying to get meaningful assignments. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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