Before the United States enters World War I, some American youths volunteer for the French military. Subsequently, they become the first U.S. fighter pilots and form a squadron known as the Lafayette Escadrille, whose exploits and heroism become the stuff of legend. This fictional version follows a laconic Texas rancher, an eager Nebraska kid, a Black boxer already in France, and a New York swell, as they arrive green for training, get their baptism by fire when German planes ambush them on their first mission, and graduate to heroics. Rawlings, the Texan, falls in love with a young woman he meets at a brothel. Written by
The light-weight Nieuport replicas were indeed grounded, but the full-size Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter actually flew for the film. In the best Hollywood tradition, it played several parts with different "makeup" (water based paint) for each. The Sopwith is now at the Virginia Beach Military Aviation Museum and flies regularly. See more »
Lucienne's chinstrap during her first plane ride. See more »
By the start of 1916, World War I had wreaked havoc across Europe. Over nine million people would eventually die.
Although the airplane had only recently been invented, it was quickly adapted into a war machine.
The young men who flew them became the first fighter pilots and a new kind of hero was born.
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I was expecting a WWI version of Pearl Harbor. What I got was and edge-of-your-seat, cheer-out-loud, cinematic adventure (little Dane Cook for you) I didn't have a huge interest in seeing the film initially but after some insistence by family members I caved and watched in absolute delight.
This film is not heavy on the dialog, but the dogfight sequences are breath-taking at the very least. The love story is believable and doesn't overdo-it on the Kissie-face...
Finally Note....It never ceases to amaze me that decent films like this and many other continue to get dozens of votes in the '1' bracket. I seriously doubt that whoever did so, didn't see the film. Get a life.
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