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Flyboys (2006)

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The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.

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Tony Bill

Writers:

Phil Sears (screenplay), Blake T. Evans (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Blaine Rawlings
Scott Hazell Scott Hazell ... Cinema Usher
Mac McDonald ... Sheriff Detweiller
Philip Winchester ... William Jensen
Todd Boyce ... Mr. Jensen
Karen Ford Karen Ford ... Mrs. Jensen
Ruth Bradley ... Laura
Abdul Salis Abdul Salis ... Eugene Skinner
Jean-Philippe Écoffey Jean-Philippe Écoffey ... Skinner's trainer
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Mr. Lowry
Tyler Labine ... Briggs Lowry
Gail Downey Gail Downey ... Mrs. Lowry
David Ellison ... Eddie Beagle
Jean Reno ... Capt. Thenault
Augustin Legrand Augustin Legrand ... L.T. Giroux
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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war action violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flyboys: Héroes del aire See more »

Filming Locations:

Epping, Essex, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,004,219, 24 September 2006

Gross USA:

$13,090,630

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,858,059
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Franco earned his pilot's license in preparation for this film. See more »

Goofs

Visible in some shots are wheel brake assemblies on some of the aircraft. In actuality no WW1 fighter aircraft featured brakes on the wheels. See more »

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Title Card: By the start of 1916, World War I had wreaked havoc across Europe. Over nine million people would eventually die.
Title Card: Although the airplane had only recently been invented, it was quickly adapted into a war machine.
Title Card: The young men who flew them became the first fighter pilots and a new kind of hero was born.
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Take Me Back to Dear Old Blighty
Written by A.J. Mills, Fred Godfrey and Bennett Scott
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
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A thought for Hollywood about World War 1 and 2 movies MAKE MORE OF THEM
19 September 2006 | by iseasygoingSee all my reviews

I think overall the PUBLIC knows more and is more sophisticated than producers and some directors. I think is is an OK movie. What we lack is people willing to make and finance a great war movie. I am sure given a bigger budget the director could have done better, but all in all this is not a bad movie. If there is any criticism it is not for the movie, however it would have been better to cut the wing and not the arm in the story, but that's drama. My only real criticism is for people who made movies like Pearl Harbor, and Alexander who have an agenda of putting their lifestyle into the characters so we end up with a effeminate Alexander eying what looks like Howard Stern in drag or a couple of Jet setters out of the bar circuit in Hollywood acting like they are 1955 teenagers in a 1943 war movie as in Pearl Harbor with a leading lady who is right off the real TV date shows, juggling 2 Bo's. Films like those make it difficult to make films like FLYBOYS and I think the film and people who made it should be congratulated, they did it without big producers, most of whom think that NORMAL people are like the people in SIDEWAYS, and while they see fault in the audience, they see none in themselves. We NEED MORE MOVIES LIKE THIS, AND THEY WILL MAKE A TON OF MONEY. Just like the Longest Day, Apocoplyse Now, Mash, Saving Private Ryan. So it is a good movie and hats off to the parents of the Greatest Generation and to the Flyboys of WW1. Thanks.


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