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Flyboys
- James Franco

Overview - FLYBOYS is a good old-fashioned historical drama concerning the Lafayette Escadrille, a French regiment of American volunteer airmen serving the allied cause in WWI before the U.S. became officially involved. James Franco plays Blaine, a Texas rancher; he bunks with Eugene (Abdul Salis), an African American boxer whose been living in Paris as an ex-patriate to get away from American racism.  Read more...

 
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Overview

FLYBOYS is a good old-fashioned historical drama concerning the Lafayette Escadrille, a French regiment of American volunteer airmen serving the allied cause in WWI before the U.S. became officially involved. James Franco plays Blaine, a Texas rancher; he bunks with Eugene (Abdul Salis), an African American boxer whose been living in Paris as an ex-patriate to get away from American racism. Other fighters include a pampered New York scion (Tyler Labine) and a lanky, lazy Kansan (David Ellison). They all train under the patient hand of the French commander, succinctly embodied by the wondrous Jean Reno (THE PROFESSIONAL). Martin Henderson (TORQUE) is good and brusque as a jaded flier with a bunch of kills under his belt and an obsession with an ace German fighter; he wont let the new kids drink in the officer's club until they've shot down their first planes. It all unfolds in a no-nonsense linear narrative that reminds one of early films like THE DAWN PATROL (1930) and WINGS (1927); and there's a comfortingly familiar orchestral score that's heavy with the cloud-invoking wooden flute. But the CGI-enhanced aerial dogfight scenes are the crux of the biscuit here, and history fans should be frothing at the mouth with all the zeppelins, dogfights and enemy chivalry. There's plenty of well-researched period detail and even some ooh-la la romance in the form of a good girl gone semi-bad from a nearby brothel (the very charming Jennifer Decker).

Cast List

Tony Bill - Director/actor/producer
Jean Reno - French Actor
Ian Rose - English Actor
Mark Frydman - Producer
Marc Frydman - Producer
Jennifer Decker - Actor, FLYBOYS, (2006)
David Ellison - Actor, FLYBOYS, (2006)
Abdul Salis - Actor, FLYBOYS, (2006)
James Franco - American actor, Freaks & Geeks/TRISTAN & ISOLDE
Trevor Rabin - Composer, formerly of YES
Martin Henderson - Actor, THE RING (2002), TORQUE
David S. Ward - Screenwriter/Director
Dean Devlin
Lex Shrapnel - Actor, K-19 (2002)
Blake T. Evans
Henry Braham

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 140
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 027616065292
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (for war action violence and some sexual content.)
  • Release Date: March 2014

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Movies > Action/Adventure

Related Keywords:
Action
Adventure
True Story
War
World War I
History
Theatrical Release
France
Pilots
Fighter Pilots

 
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Theatrical Release: September 22, 2006

Reviews:
"FLYBOYS is ever so nice, in the manner of a Norman Rockwell illustration....[The director] is a gentleman, moving things along with a tidy, well-mannered hand." - 09/22/2006 New York Times, p.E8


4 stars out of 5 -- "Like TOP GUN with biplanes, this hugely fun movie has plenty of eye-catching dogfights..." - 03/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.111


3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he airborne action whips up enough G-force to make this old-school war yarn an enjoyable throwback to the likes of WINGS and HELL'S ANGELS." - 07/01/2007 Total Film, p.39

 
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