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First trailer for George Lucas' Red Tails soars into action

Jul. 29, 2011by: Paul Tassi

It seems a bit strange that George Lucas is focusing on something like RED TAILS, a new project backed by Lucasfilm and co-written by Lucas himself.

Not that the Tusgekee Airmen, the all-black WWII fight pilot squad isn't a worthy story, but it just seems pretty random, especially considering Lucasfilm doesn't actually do a whole lot of "film" these days.

The first trailer has premiered for the movie which you can watch below. Looks like the exciting parts of PEARL HARBOR with none of the love story (though keeping Cuba Gooding Jr.). But even if I didn't know this was Lucas writing, I'd still say a lot of the dialogue comes off as a bit cheeseball. See for yourself.

Extra Tidbit: Bryan Cranston is the best actor of the bunch here. That is not racist.
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4:13PM on 07/29/2011
I'd been wary of this project for a while, but seeing some of the finished product there, it looks spectacular. The HBO movie was good, but all the action was old gun-camera footage. To really bring it to life like this is what those guys deserved.
I'd been wary of this project for a while, but seeing some of the finished product there, it looks spectacular. The HBO movie was good, but all the action was old gun-camera footage. To really bring it to life like this is what those guys deserved.
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3:11PM on 07/29/2011

Looks fantastic...

Damn is it weird seeing the Lucasfilm logo in front of something that is NOT Star Wars.
Damn is it weird seeing the Lucasfilm logo in front of something that is NOT Star Wars.
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3:05PM on 07/29/2011

Nice

Good to see Bubbles back in action.
Good to see Bubbles back in action.
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8:21PM on 07/29/2011
Stories of WWII fighter pilots are what inspired the likes of Spielberg and Lucas to get into film-making in the first place. I think he'll deliver something truly inspired for us.
Stories of WWII fighter pilots are what inspired the likes of Spielberg and Lucas to get into film-making in the first place. I think he'll deliver something truly inspired for us.
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5:23PM on 07/29/2011
Being an aviation junkie... I can't wait! There's not enough recent films with aerial dogfights.
Being an aviation junkie... I can't wait! There's not enough recent films with aerial dogfights.
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3:50PM on 07/29/2011

Misleading title.

I thought for a moment George had finally gotten around to directing a "smaller film".
Looks like a decent film though. This story has been waiting for an adaptation like this for a while. It's certainly worthy of it.
I thought for a moment George had finally gotten around to directing a "smaller film".
Looks like a decent film though. This story has been waiting for an adaptation like this for a while. It's certainly worthy of it.
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4:17AM on 07/30/2011

George doing what he does best

The trailer looked great seeing all them x wing pilots batting the evil empire tie fighters.
The trailer looked great seeing all them x wing pilots batting the evil empire tie fighters.
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8:47PM on 07/29/2011
Cuba's back!
Cuba's back!
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5:07PM on 07/29/2011
it looks like a good movie. i think joblo is gonna be biased 'cos lucas' name is attached.
it looks like a good movie. i think joblo is gonna be biased 'cos lucas' name is attached.
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4:35PM on 07/29/2011
I am sold! That little speech about the bombers getting home...got to me
I am sold! That little speech about the bombers getting home...got to me
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8:22PM on 07/29/2011
Me too.
Me too.
1:37AM on 07/31/2011
So much of the focus is on Lucas, but lets point out that the director is 'Wire' veteran Anthony Hemingway, and I count no less than four 'Wire' regulars in the cast. Michael, Bubbles, Cheese, and Wallace. We get to watch B'more kick Hitler's ass! Throw in Omar, Snoop, Chris and Brother Mouzone I'll start thinking Dirty Dozen remake.
So much of the focus is on Lucas, but lets point out that the director is 'Wire' veteran Anthony Hemingway, and I count no less than four 'Wire' regulars in the cast. Michael, Bubbles, Cheese, and Wallace. We get to watch B'more kick Hitler's ass! Throw in Omar, Snoop, Chris and Brother Mouzone I'll start thinking Dirty Dozen remake.
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6:49PM on 07/30/2011
Nice to see Lucas doing something Non-SW related. This looks decent enough, and I don't mind a bit of cheese with my films, :P As many of them do have that element and can still be enjoyable.

It is good to see Cuba again in something other than a straight to DVD flick.
Nice to see Lucas doing something Non-SW related. This looks decent enough, and I don't mind a bit of cheese with my films, :P As many of them do have that element and can still be enjoyable.

It is good to see Cuba again in something other than a straight to DVD flick.
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8:54PM on 07/29/2011

WOW...

I haven't been this excited about a LUCASFILM since Empire. Looks really good.
I haven't been this excited about a LUCASFILM since Empire. Looks really good.
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3:03PM on 07/30/2011
It's Cuba Gooding and Terrence Howard and Method Man on screen, but all I'm hearing is Luke Skywalker, Biggs Darklighter, and Wedge Antilles
It's Cuba Gooding and Terrence Howard and Method Man on screen, but all I'm hearing is Luke Skywalker, Biggs Darklighter, and Wedge Antilles
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11:09PM on 07/29/2011
Yo dawg, I heard you like CGI...
Yo dawg, I heard you like CGI...
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3:00AM on 08/01/2011
I'll give this a shot. considering lucas took a lot of inspiration from world war II movies when making star wars (especially when it came to dog fights) im sure this will be visually satisfying and entertaining at the very least. If anything this not being another star wars movie should give people hope considering lucas wont try to squeeze as much money from merchandizing out of this movie as possible.
I'll give this a shot. considering lucas took a lot of inspiration from world war II movies when making star wars (especially when it came to dog fights) im sure this will be visually satisfying and entertaining at the very least. If anything this not being another star wars movie should give people hope considering lucas wont try to squeeze as much money from merchandizing out of this movie as possible.
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11:30AM on 08/03/2011
As someone has come to hate George Lucas, I have to say this looks really good. It's nice to see something that has sets, and actors and not just CGI & greenscreen.
As someone has come to hate George Lucas, I have to say this looks really good. It's nice to see something that has sets, and actors and not just CGI & greenscreen.
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4:18PM on 08/01/2011

that was unexpected

I'll be the first to admit that Lucas hasnt been at the top of his game for awhile.... but those dogfights look epic! I had 0 interest in this movie before but that trailer has sold me for sure. They can count on my ticket purchase!
I'll be the first to admit that Lucas hasnt been at the top of his game for awhile.... but those dogfights look epic! I had 0 interest in this movie before but that trailer has sold me for sure. They can count on my ticket purchase!
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2:05PM on 07/30/2011
Doesn't look like anything special... looks like same old shit... I want something more original.
Doesn't look like anything special... looks like same old shit... I want something more original.
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3:32PM on 07/29/2011

Wasnt this a HBO movie?

feel like ive seen the exact same movie. looks like that Flyboys movie too, but i never saw that. still looks alright. that font for the title is ridiculous though, doesnt fit the tone of the movie at all
feel like ive seen the exact same movie. looks like that Flyboys movie too, but i never saw that. still looks alright. that font for the title is ridiculous though, doesnt fit the tone of the movie at all
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7:34PM on 07/29/2011
there was an hbo movie called 'the tuskegee airmen.' i really liked it and hopefully this can be good. any movie with dogfighting = win
there was an hbo movie called 'the tuskegee airmen.' i really liked it and hopefully this can be good. any movie with dogfighting = win
9:09AM on 07/30/2011
Saw the one that came out in 1997(?) long ago and it was damn good. Don't think this will be as good, due to the dialogue. But other than that, it looks as though Lucas has made a decent film.
Saw the one that came out in 1997(?) long ago and it was damn good. Don't think this will be as good, due to the dialogue. But other than that, it looks as though Lucas has made a decent film.
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5:14AM on 07/30/2011
Looks surprisingly good. Plus David Oyelowo a.k.a Danny Hunter from Spooks (MI-5) is in it, and anything he's in is solid.
Looks surprisingly good. Plus David Oyelowo a.k.a Danny Hunter from Spooks (MI-5) is in it, and anything he's in is solid.
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10:36PM on 07/29/2011

Four Pluses

I shall see this for four reasons. One, Lucas is a master film-maker, and his work deserves always a look. Two, Lucas studied WWII aerial combat footage for some of his best work. Three, Men of Honor was a similar film examining similar subject matter using similar dialogue. So, the dialogue is an acceptable literary convention--in many WWII war movies actually. Four, Red Tails premieres in January, and any movie-goer wants to see something at least decent in January.
I shall see this for four reasons. One, Lucas is a master film-maker, and his work deserves always a look. Two, Lucas studied WWII aerial combat footage for some of his best work. Three, Men of Honor was a similar film examining similar subject matter using similar dialogue. So, the dialogue is an acceptable literary convention--in many WWII war movies actually. Four, Red Tails premieres in January, and any movie-goer wants to see something at least decent in January.
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3:25PM on 07/29/2011
I was waiting for someone to say "dont get cocky kid" after the guy blows up the boat at the end. Also, Heisenberg rocks!!
I was waiting for someone to say "dont get cocky kid" after the guy blows up the boat at the end. Also, Heisenberg rocks!!
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3:14PM on 07/29/2011
Hmm.. it looks ok.. but lets not forget that all 3 Star Wars prequels had PHENOMENAL trailers and wound up sucking donkey dick. This looks to have the same amount of CGI action scenes and cheesy lines.
Hmm.. it looks ok.. but lets not forget that all 3 Star Wars prequels had PHENOMENAL trailers and wound up sucking donkey dick. This looks to have the same amount of CGI action scenes and cheesy lines.
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8:56PM on 07/29/2011
This is definitely Saving Private Ryan of Aviation. You even Bryan Cranston as an Army Air Officer. Which he was in Saving Private Ryan, I'm sold. (fuck you lucas for destroying my childhood though)
This is definitely Saving Private Ryan of Aviation. You even Bryan Cranston as an Army Air Officer. Which he was in Saving Private Ryan, I'm sold. (fuck you lucas for destroying my childhood though)
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4:07PM on 07/29/2011
great to see lucas don something but i agree the guy sucks at writing dialouge and such!!
great to see lucas don something but i agree the guy sucks at writing dialouge and such!!
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10:07PM on 07/29/2011
You suck at writing too. Guess y'all have something in common.
You suck at writing too. Guess y'all have something in common.
3:27PM on 07/29/2011
George Lucas can make good stories for screenplays, but he can't write for shit. Well he use to be good at stories, but that ended after the original Star Wars trilogy.
George Lucas can make good stories for screenplays, but he can't write for shit. Well he use to be good at stories, but that ended after the original Star Wars trilogy.
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9:20PM on 07/29/2011
Looked fairly solid until I saw the release date. How many good films can you name off the top of your head that were released in January? Cloverfield's is about the only one I can think of...
Looked fairly solid until I saw the release date. How many good films can you name off the top of your head that were released in January? Cloverfield's is about the only one I can think of...
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9:18PM on 07/29/2011
Looks good..cheesy dialog aside,but goddamn I hate Cuba Gooding JR. I thought he was delagated to doing straight to video crap.
Looks good..cheesy dialog aside,but goddamn I hate Cuba Gooding JR. I thought he was delagated to doing straight to video crap.
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3:50PM on 07/30/2011
Its Lucas people... the asshole that gave us the abominations called Episodes I-III.
Its Lucas people... the asshole that gave us the abominations called Episodes I-III.
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10:04AM on 07/31/2011
You mean the Lucas that also brought us episodes four to six.. ?
Without him there would not have been any Star Wars at all.
You mean the Lucas that also brought us episodes four to six.. ?
Without him there would not have been any Star Wars at all.
1:46PM on 08/07/2011
And without studio demanded rewrites, and a lot of Lucas' friends saying his script was nonsensical, we wouldn't have Star Wars either. Lucas came up with a great idea, but it took people like Irvin Kershner is make it truly cinematic. My friend Antarius makes a great point.
And without studio demanded rewrites, and a lot of Lucas' friends saying his script was nonsensical, we wouldn't have Star Wars either. Lucas came up with a great idea, but it took people like Irvin Kershner is make it truly cinematic. My friend Antarius makes a great point.
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