Red Tails

Theatrical Release: January 20, 2012
Red Tails


1944. World War II rages and the fate of the free world hangs in the balance. Meanwhile the black pilots of the experimental Tuskegee training program are courageously waging two wars at once – one against enemies overseas, and the other against discrimination within the military and back home. Racial prejudices have long held ace airman Martin “Easy” Julian (Nate Parker) and his black pilots back at base – leaving them with little to do but further hone their flying skills – while their white counterparts are shipped out to combat after a mere three months of training. Mistakenly deemed inferior and assigned only second-rate planes and missions, the pilots of Tuskegee have mastered the skies with ease but have not been granted the opportunity to truly spread their wings.

Dove Review

The aerial views in this movie are awesome! The special effects are terrific as it truly appears that several pilots from the Tuskegee training program are in flight and making magnificent maneuvers upon the air that are nearly mind boggling. The fact that the movie is based on true events stemming from the Second World War makes it even more fascinating.

The characters come to life as memorable names like Lightning, Easy, Junior and Deacon are featured and each has a unique personality but they all have one common trait: they are gifted as pilots. They endure racism and scorn and yet when they successfully protect a group of fighters from the enemy, they begin to win respect. The film contains some really funny moments too. One black pilot says to a white pilot, “White people turn red when they become angry, green when they are sick, and they are called yellow when they are cowards but you call us colored!” The audience I screened the movie with laughed and cheered at this line.

The sacrifices which were made in this historically accurate film become apparent as unfortunate events begin to touch the Red Tails, the name that is given to the pilots. This is a moving film in many respects and features characters which place a strong faith in Christ and pray in his name. Regrettably, the movie contains strong language and violent scenes including bloody wounds in addition to implied sex between an unmarried couple and therefore we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the picture.

Content Description

Sex: It's implied a man had sex with a woman as they wake up together and she is wearing lingerie and he is shirtless; passionate kissing; a man who has lost sleep tells his friends it is because of a woman and she was "worth it".
Language: GD-3; JC-1; G/OMG-3; S-7; H-21; D-17; A phrase of "Da*n those ba*tards"-1; SOB-3; A-7; Crap-2
Violence: Several planes are shot and many go down in a fiery blaze; several pilots are shot and blood is seen on their faces and legs and other parts of their bodies; bullet holes are seen on a few shot pilots; a man's badly wounded and bloody leg is seen; a man who was hit by shots in the chest spits up blood;
Drugs: Cigarette smoking and cigar smoking; pipe smoking; one man is seen with a pipe in his mouth in several scenes; drinking including a man who drinks whiskey from a bottle while on duty; bar scene in which several men drink and some become intoxicated.
Nudity: Shirtless men; woman is seen in lingerie; cleavage.
Other: Racial tension as one man uses the "N" word to a black man; tension between characters; in an inspirational scene the name of Christ is invoked in prayer; a man has a picture of "Black Jesus" which he refers to every so often; a few jump scenes.


Company: 20th Century Fox
Writer: John Ridley
Producer: Rick McCallum
Genre: Action
Runtime: 120 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter