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Flyboys (18-May-2006)

Director: Tony Bill

Writers: Blake T. Evans; Phil Sears; David S. Ward

Keywords: Action/Adventure, WWI

Historical drama details the exploits of the Lafayette Escadrille, Americans flying planes for the French in World War I who would become their country's first fighter pilots.

ABSTRACT
Standing as a fictionalized account of true-life events, Flyboys centers on the Lafayette Escadrille, flying-obsessed young Americans who went to France to become fighter pilots prior to their country's entrance into World War I. A motley crew including a Texas rancher and black boxer living abroad engage in death-defying heroics against the Germans, eventually going on to become their homeland's first fighter pilots.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
James Franco
Actor
19-Apr-1978   Freaks and Geeks
Martin Henderson
Actor
8-Oct-1974   The Ring
Tyler Labine
Actor
29-Apr-1978   Bert Wysocki on Reaper
Tim Pigott-Smith
Actor
13-May-1946   The Jewel in the Crown
Jean Reno
Actor
30-Jul-1948   Léon the Professional

REVIEWS

Review by anonymous (posted on 4-Feb-2007)

OK.. For you "purists," there are several historical errors in the film. There were TWO lion mascots in the excadrille: Whiskey and Soda. There actualy was a black pilot that flew for the French in WWI but he was not in the Lafayette Escadrille. The only all red Fokker Triplane was flown by the Red Baron, Manfred Vov Ritchoven. The Nieuport 17 had been withdrawn from the front by the time the Triplane arrived. But, the rest of the show was stunningly accurate! This was the best WWI air combat film I've ever seen... and I've seen them all. The only other one that comes close was Wings (1927). It is worth it to get the DVD Collectors' Edition, two-disk set, just to listen to the director's commentary in the background. If you're any kind of aviation enthusiast, this film is well worth the viewing. Dick Starks The Dawn Patrol of Kansas City www.kcdawnpatrol.org


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