1944. As the war in Europe continues to take its toll on Allied forces, the Pentagon brass has no recourse but to consider unorthodox options - including the untried and untested African-American pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program. Just as the young Tuskegee men are on the brink of being shut down and shipped back home, they are given the ultimate chance to show their courage. Against all the odds, with something to prove and everything to lose, these intrepid young airmen take to the skies to fight for their country - and the fate of the free world.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
It's only half of a good movie. As soon as those dogfighting planes land, the story trips up by skimming the surface of history.Claudia Puig, USA Today, 01.19.2012
The Tuskegee Airmen, the trailblazing African American pilots who fought off segregation and Nazis during World War II, merit a great film. "Red Tails" isn't it.Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, 01.19.2012
An inspiring, rousing tribute to the heroic, history-changing Tuskegee Airmen and World War II movies of the '40s, "Red Tails'' would probably be acclaimed as a minor masterpiece if it was directed by Quentin Tarantino.Lou Lumenick, New York Post, 01.19.2012
The African American fliers' great achievement merits a great movie. "Red Tails" isn't it.Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 01.19.2012