Flyboys (2006)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Drama, History


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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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19 September 2006 | the-movie-guy
8
| The aerial combat was exciting, tense, and realistic
(Synopsis) World War I began in Europe in 1914, but by 1917, the United States had still not entered the war. However, many brave young American men went to France to fly and fight for the Allied powers. They joined the Lafayette Escadrille fighter squadron. The Germans had better planes, weapons, and pilots. The average life expectancy for a fighter-pilot was three to six weeks. Why did these Americans volunteer to fight in France with certain death when their own country was not at war? This was a time when men were idealistic, but naive to embark on a great adventure. Blaine Rawlings (James Franco) was forced to leave his home in Arizona after the family ranch was foreclosed by the bank. Blaine sees a newsreel of fighter-pilots in France and decides that he has nothing to lose. Briggs Lowry (Tyler Labine) can't do anything right and is shamed into joining by his rich father. African-American boxer Eugene Skinner (Abdul Salis) had been living in France, a racially tolerant country, for many years, wanted to give something back to his new country. These Americans were under the command of French Captain Georges Thenault (Jean Reno) and American Squadron Leader Reed Cassidy (Martin Henderson). They were the world's first combat pilots.

(My Comment) The film was inspired by a true story. What that means is that the writers could write anything they wanted to about the pilots' personal lives. There were actually 38 American volunteers with an average age of 26 that joined the Lafayette Escadrille. Thirty were college educated and eleven were sons of millionaires. These men had a sense of adventure and romance of war, and they believed in "dying with honor." The movie uses a composite of these qualities of the actual pilots, and yes, there really was a black pilot in the squadron. The movie does not shy away from the real aspects of war or the sordid aspects of life on the ground. After every mission there are some pilots who do not return, and we get to see their replacements, and how the pilots deal with the loss of their friends. The aerial combat was exciting, tense, and realistic with the attack on the zeppelin being the best scene of the movie. There is a love story that slows the pace of the movie, and it was a little too long. You will love the scenes with Whiskey, their mascot lion. I think the writers could have used the real pilots' stories and names, and it would have been a better movie by giving credit to those young men. If you like war pictures this is a movie to see. (MGM Pictures, Run time 2:19, Rated PG-13)(8/10)

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Trivia

In the scene where the pilots are painting or having painted personalizations on the sides of their airplanes, Lyle Porter is painting a banner that reads "Timothy CH. IV V. 7". This is reference to a chapter and verse in the Book of Timothy in the Bible. There are TWO books of Timothy in the Bible, both having a chapter IV and verse 7. However, more than likely, this would be a reference to the SECOND book of Timothy, chapter IV, verse 7, which reads, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:", which might be something a very religious combat pilot might reference on the side of his combat airplane. That same-numbered chapter and verse in the FIRST book does not read anything like having to do with fighting or combat.


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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 ...


Goofs

Aircraft engines of this era leaked oil and the real reason for the scarf was to wipe the oil off the flyer's goggles, not to protect the neck when turning the head as said in the movie. When the pilots returned to base after a mission their faces in the areas not covered by the goggles should of been covered by oil and dirt.


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Onward Christian Soldiers
Written by
Sabine Baring-Gould (as Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould) and Arthur Sullivan

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Genres

Action | Drama | History | Romance | War

Details

Release Date:

22 September 2006

Language

English, French


Country of Origin

UK, USA

Filming Locations

Epping, Essex, England, UK

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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