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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

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 »

Goofs

Just after Cassidy is first shot by the Black Falcon, the "W" marking on his top wing switches from left side to right. 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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Connections

Spoofed in Diary of a Miniature Stunt Pilot (2007) See more »

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How Ya Gunna Keep 'em Down on the Farm (After They've Seen Paree?)
Written by Walter Donaldson, Sam Lewis (as Samuel M. Lewis) and Joe Young (as Joseph Young)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Licensed by Sony BMG Commercial Markets UK
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Star Wars meets the French Foreign Air Force in WW1
23 July 2006 | by Big Al-12See all my reviews

When this movie hits theaters this fall it will be setting a new standard for digital FX photography action scenes. I had a hard time telling the difference between the real stunt flying and the CGI. It almost makes George Lucas's dogfights in space look crude. (OK, maybe with the exception of that fantastic first shot in Episode 3.) But imagine that level of technological knowhow applied to a WW1 dogfight. And like the original "Star Wars" there is a scene here involving the German equivalent of the Death Star threatening Paris that is nothing short of spectacular. A shame, then, that the rest of the story is less than inspiring. Whatever the actual history, I didn't quite believe the subplot of the black American pilot. He seemed a cliché and just one of several stock characters. The love story ultimately goes nowhere, either, though James Franco and Jennifer Decker both turn in moving performances. As innocent and naive as Franco and his friends seem, they never get past the cardboard stage. It would've been more interesting to me if they were a neurotic, drunken, whoring bunch of elitists, most of whom would then never get over the experience. Rather than tell that tale of a decadent, sophisticated flyboy of the Lafayette Escadrille, however, they settle here for the Disney version, appealing to the lowest common denominator and an audience of teenagers, with Franco doing a good job playing Luke Skywalker, or maybe Gary Cooper. Jean Reno seemed largely wasted. I kept hoping he'd have more to do. But lest you think I had a bad time, think again. This is a movie about "aeroplanes," and they are all terrific, be they replicas or virtual. And the overall production design is superb.


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