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Finally, a WWI flying movie!

by A_J on 8/5/2007

Nice scenery, but sporadic attention to period detail- ie, every German plane in the sky is a red Fokker triplane... The Brits are type-casted as usual as being snobs until the American boys 'prove their stuff'. There is the obligatory romance aspect for Our Hero as well as the obligatory Father Issues for another character. I was initially put off by the trailer for the film, but it's not as bad as it sounds. If you don't care about period detail, you'll probably enjoy this film, I still managed to enjoy it, almost despite myself. If you're sick of reruns of the 'Blue Max' and find 'Dawn Patrol' too depressing, this might be the movie for you. It's not inspired, it's not groundbreaking, but it's very pretty over all and it's nice to see the Lafayette Escadrille get a little love instead of being forgotten about. The extra features/deleted scenes on the second disk were interesting but not spectacluar.

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Inspired by the true story of the legendary Lafayette Escadrille, this action-packed epic tells the tale of America's first fighter pilots. These courageous young men distinguish themselves in a manner that none before them had dared, becoming true heroes who experience triumph, tragedy, love, and loss amid the chaos of World War I. Hang on for the ride of your life!


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 203522968
UPC 027616065346
UPC 14 00027616065346
Format DVD
Release Date 5/19/2009
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Franco,James
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Blake T. Evans, et. al. - Writer
Chris Blunden - Editor
David Brown - Executive Producer
Dean Devlin - Producer
Henry Braham - Cinematographer
James Franco - Actor
Jean Reno - Actor
Matthew Gray - Art Director
Philip Elton - Art Director
Philip Winchester - Actor
Ron Rosen - Editor
Scott Hazell - Actor
Tony Bill - Director
Trevor Rabin - Original Music By
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review Just about everything in the video-gamey World War I picture "Flyboys" rings false, although the planes certainly are terrific. The film takes a strong subject, the Americans who volunteered for the French as aviators in the Lafayette Escadrille, and turns it into romantic slush. Good thing Jean Reno's around to give it some flavor: As the real-life Capt. Thenault, the stalwart French actor goes about his expositional business with gruff panache. You believe this man exists in a 1916 universe. Too many of the other, younger cast members are about as 1916 as "The O.C."...Leading a generic character roster, Franco's laconic Texan may be more smug than stalwart, but so is the movie. A tie-in Flyboys video game is now available, designed to coincide with the film's release. I guarantee that script will be better than this one.
Reviewer Michael Phillips
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Variety
Review "Flyboys" is an old-fashioned, boys' adventure version of an arresting chapter in World War I history about the enterprising bunch of young Americans who flew with the French before the United States entered the war. Lovingly and knowledgeably made by director Tony Bill, who got his pilot's license as a teenager, pic nonetheless has a lightweight, airbrushed feel; despite the brutal dogfights and inevitable deaths, there's little gravity or resonance...Franco's carryover James Dean posings early on serve his character's gruff coverup of a wounded soul, but the actor is best when he smiles and becomes personable...Shot in England, pic is handsomely and credibly appointed in all departments.
Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Sensormatic, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Franco,James
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Glenn Kenny, Premiere ...cinematic comfort food...
Scott Foundas, LA Weekly ...highly enjoyable...
Ty Burr, Boston Globe ...straightforward and ingratiating...

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