FlyboysDirector: Tony Bill
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As World War I rages in Europe and Allied forces in France, Italy, and England find their resolve quickly diminishing due to the overwhelming force of the German juggernaut, a handful of brave American soldiers volunteer to join their French counterparts in learning to fly and fighting for freedom from above as the true story of the legendary Lafayette Escadrille comes to the screen in a breathtaking war adventure from Academy Award-winning director Tony Bill and famed producer Dean Devlin. They have come from all over the United States, ready and willing to put their lives on the line despite their country's initial pledge to not get involved with the all-consuming war that rages throughout Europe. Few could have foreseen the challenges faced by the world's first fighter pilots, however, and upon arriving at their aerodrome in France, the aspiring aviators are assigned to a new squadron under the command of war-ravaged Captain Thenault (Jean Reno) and battle-weary American pilot Reed Cassidy -- the sole survivor of his devastated former air brigade. With little encouragement from their fellow aviators and nothing to drive but their unifying goal of taking to the skies and offering up their lives in the name of freedom, the determined airmen of the Lafayette Escadrille set out to make history by embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. James Franco, Martin Henderson, and David Ellison star in a script penned by Phil Sears, Blake T. Evans, and David S. Ward.
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Cast & Crew
|James Franco||Blaine Rawlings|
|Martin Henderson||Reed Cassidy|
|David Ellison||Eddie Beagle|
|Jean Reno||Captain Thenault|
|Tyler Labine||Briggs Lowry|
|Abdul Salis||Eugene Skinner|
|Philip Winchester||William Jensen|
|Augustin Legrand||LT Giroux|
|Keith McErlean||Vernon Toddman|
|Michael Jibson||Lyle Porter|
|Kyle Hesner Smith||Jacques|
|Peter Afterman||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|David Brown||Executive Producer|
|James Clayton||Executive Producer|
|Yves de Bono||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Nic Ede||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Blake T. Evans||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Phillip Goldfarb||Executive Producer|
|Matt Gray||Art Director|
|Andy Kennedy||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Rachel Olschan||Associate Producer|
|Trevor Rabin||Score Composer|
|Duncan Reid||Executive Producer|
|Gareth Tandy||Asst. Director|
|Ian Voigt||Sound/Sound Designer|
|David S. Ward||Screenwriter|
|Charles Wood||Production Designer|
|Margaret Yen||Musical Direction/Supervision|
Languages: English 5.1 Dolby Surround
Languages: English 5.1 DTS
Languages: French Dolby Surround
Languages: Spanish Dolby Surround
Audio Commentary With Director Tony Bill and Producer Dean Devlin On/Off
Main Titles/Off to War
For Killers Only
Out of Gas
Honor in the Sky
Future in Flying
Are You a Spy?
See You in Paris
The Falcon and the Eagle
Audio Commentary With Director Tony Bill and Producer Dean Devlin On/Off
Last King of Scotland
Home of the Brave
Disc #2 -- Flyboys
Real Hereos: The LaFayette Escadrille
The Diary of a Minature Stunt Pilot
Whiskey & Soda: The Lion Mascots
Taking Flight: The Making of Aerial Battle Sequences
The Real Planes of Flyboys
The Flyboys Ride With the Air Force Thunderbirds & The Navy Blue Angels
Toddman in Trench
Cassidy and Rawlings Talk in Brothel
Rawlings Finds Lion
Baseball Game & Lowry Talks to His Father
Flyboys Squadron DVD-Rom Game
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There havent been too many movies made regarding this subject. The last one that I can remember was The BlueMax. This movie is a pleasure since the dog fight scenes have been done in part with CG graphics which wasnt available back in the day. The air battle scenes are with a look alone not to mention that the real Escadrille Squadron had a group of American volunteers who fought the Germans on a voluntary basis. A true story of American and French heroism. Check it out!
I have encouraged all my 10 Grand children to see this film and to think about serving their country . Also knowing some of those men who have served in the past ...My father served in WW ONE . There are two many young men without GUT's or as they say today Balls. Major Frederick C Meier ,Combat Veteran
FLYBOYS is a pleasure to watch - going back into World War I history that deals with actual events yet takes the time to introduce unforgettable characters and romantic situations while giving the viewer a spectacular view of the first flying fighter planes. Yes, it has its flaws in technical lines, but it has a strong, committed cast and a storyline that flows seamlessly to the end. Tony Bill uses his resources from his countless cinematic experiences in adapting a story by Blake T. Evans (screenplay by Phil Sears, David S. Ward, and Evans) to recreate the legendary Lafayette Escadrille, a disparate group of young Americans who volunteered for the French military to become the country's first fighter pilots before the USA entered World War I. He manages to find the world atmosphere during the Great War, a time when young American boys who had no chance for significance in the tough times USA to go 'over there' to fight the Germans. He begins with the lad Blaine Rawlings (James Franco) who has just lost his family's farm to the bank, with William Jensen (Philip Winchester) who must live up to his family's fame as heroes, with Briggs Lowry (Tyler Labine) whose father sees him as a complete loss to his wealthy gentrified family, with Eddie Beagle (David Ellison) who leaves for war with his sweetheart's picture against his breast, with frustrated black fighter Eugene Skinner (Abdul Salis) - a crew of boys who become bonded through the efforts of the French Captain Thenault (Jean Reno) and the loner flyer Reed Cassidy (Martin Henderson). Planes are designed, the boys are rigorously trained, and off they go to missions never before flown, missions that waste some, and make heroes of others. Along the way Rawlings meets Lucienne (Jennifer Decker), a French girl who speaks no English but whose heart emboldens Rawlings to feats of heroism. The fighting scenes are terrific to watch as they seem to be done with toys, so light are the aircraft that started flying fighters. Yes, there are problems in depicting these missions because there are no stunt men who would dare fly such machines even for a movie. But Tony Bill keeps our attention with his direction and with the aerial cinematography of Henry Braham. The costumes are excellent and the musical score by Trevor Rabin recalls the period well. James Franco and his fellow actors offer solid performances. This is a bit of the past that is well to re-examine: FLYBOYS provides an evening of nostalgia and a fine story though at 140 minutes it could have been edited). Grady Harp
I used this film as a culminating activity to our study of the World War I classic novel All Quiet on the Western Front. My seniors loved the film, and although some viewers may think the characters were not "real enough," the film led to a good discussion about stereotypical characters (like Rawlings' "cowboy" ways right to the end, Skinner's unfair treatment, Lowry's elitism, etc.), racism, and heroism. I can highly recommend it.
I love FLYBOYS it is the best movie in the history of movies.
Hollywood has put out a bunch of trash lately, but this film is well worth seeing.
The movie is puts you on the edge of your seat every second of the movie. It shows love between Rawlings and Lucienne and it also has great bravery. Every single person has their own story in this movie ,which makes it even better with all these different people coming together for a masterpiece. I would recommend seeing this movie if you have not you are truely missing out. Also, this movie is based on a TRUE STORY ,which makes it even better for those people who love those true stories even if they are a little jazzed up. This is a movie to see.
Wow! This movie was great! There really hasn't been any great movies lately, but this was just superb!!!! I LOVED THIS MOVIE! Plus you can't forget how HOT James Fraco is!!!! LOVED IT!!!
This is a fantastic movie that captures all of the excitement, fear, and sorrow of WWI dogfights. Because of all the elements it displays, it is safe to assume it is the finest in its class. Viewers will be delighted to see the fantastic aerial photography, and the culturally diverse characters within the film. Although the film was developed around a low budget, it is a excellent movie, and it shows the true attitude of American WWI pilots. All these reasons show why this is a must see for aviators and other people fasinated by flight.
I hated Flyboys. The decision to shoot digital was ill-informed. Try again, Tony Bill.
Jesse James, Reiley McClendon, and Stephen Baldwin are listed in the cast for this movie, but that is incorrect. They are in a movie titled THE Flyboys. theflyboysmovie.com