Red Tails Movie

Courage Has No Color

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Who's Involved:

Bryan Cranston, Michael B. Jordan, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Nate Parker, Ne-Yo, Rick Otto, Marcus T. Paulk, David Oyelowo, Leslie Odom Jr., John Ridley, Rick McCallum, Daniela Ruah, George Lucas, Method Man, Tristan Wilds, Andre Royo, Lee Tergesen, Anthony Hemingway, Elijah Kelley, Kevin Phillips, Charles Floyd Johnson

Release Date:

Friday, January 20, 2012 Nationwide

some sequences of war violence
Runtime: 2 hrs, 5 m
Language: English

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Plot: What's the story about?

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.

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Who stars in Red Tails: Cast List

... Flynt


... Ray "Ray Gun" Gannon

The Secret Life of Bees, Fruitvale Station  

... Col. A.J. Bullard

Lee Daniels' The Butler, Triumph  

... Major Emanuelle Stance

The Weapon, Lee Daniels' The Butler  

... Maj. William Mortamus

Asteroid City, John Carter  

... Marty "Easy" Julian

Every Secret Thing, Non-Stop  

... Joe "Lightning" Little

The Book of Clarence, Interstellar  

... Maurice Wilson

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Just Mercy  

... David "Deacon" Williams

Take the Lead  

... "Sticks"

The Cobbler, Shadow Force  

... Chief "Coffee" Coleman

Prospect, Lila and Eve  

... Walter "Winky" Hall

Exorcist: Believer, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery  

Who's making Red Tails: Crew List

A look at the Red Tails behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's writer John Ridley last wrote Needle in a Timestack and Body Cam.


John Ridley


Charles Floyd Johnson
Rick McCallum

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Production: What we know about Red Tails?

Key Facts

  1. Based on a story by George Lucas, who financed the film.

Filming Timeline

  1. 2011 - November: The film was set to Completed  status.
  2. 2011 - May: The film was set to Post-Production  status.

    Recording score in June 2011

  3. 2010 - February: The film was set to Post-Production  status.
  4. 2009 - March: The film was set to Pre-Production  status.

Red Tails Release Date: When was the film released?

Red Tails was a Nationwide release in 2012 on Friday, January 20, 2012 in around 2,512 theaters. There were 9 other movies released on the same date, including Haywire, Underworld: Awakening and 16-Love.

Red Tails DVD & Blu-ray Release Date: When was the film released?

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Red Tails was released on DVD & Blu-ray on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 .

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