Flyboys

Flyboys

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Director: Tony Bill

Cast: James Franco, Jesse James, Martin Henderson

     
 

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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… See more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An old-fashioned adventure yarn set during World War I, Flyboys calls to mind such large-scale aviation epics of Hollywood’s Golden Age as Wings, Hell’s Angels, and The Dawn Patrol. It’s a story about the Lafayette Escadrille, a daring bunch of young Americans who flew for the French air corps before the United States entered the conflict in 1917. Among these proto-Top Guns are Blaine Rawlings (James Franco), a tight-lipped Texan whose family has just lost its ranch; William Jensen (Philip Winchester), the scion of a military family; Briggs Lowry (Tyler Labine), a spoiled, upper-class punk looking for thrills; Eugene Skinner (Abdul Salis), an expatriate black boxer who’s been treated better in France than in America; and Eddie Beagle (David Ellison), an odd, enigmatic youth with a peculiar past. Lovingly made by director Tony Bill (himself a longtime pilot with an affection for that era in aviation), Flyboys teems with elaborately staged and photographed dogfights. By accident or design, the formulaic script actually enhances the film’s kinship with earlier classic aviation movies. Plot or character development, though, remain secondary concerns: The film is friendliest when it's in the skies.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2007
UPC:
0027616065346
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:19:00

Special Features

Disc 1; Widescreen feature presentation; Full-length audio commentary by director Tony Bill and producer Dean Devlin; Disc 2; Exclusive featurettes; Real Heroes: The True Story of the Lafayette Escadrille; Diary of a Miniature Stunt Pilot; Whiskey & Soda - The Lion Mascots; Taking Flight: The Making of Aerial Battle Sequences; The Real Planes of Flyboys; Deleted scenes; Flyboys squadron DVD-Rom game*

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Franco Blaine Rawlings
Jesse James Actor
Martin Henderson Reed Cassidy
Reiley McClendon Actor
Stephen Baldwin Actor
David Ellison Eddie Beagle
Jennifer Decker Lucienne
Tom Sizemore Actor
Jean Reno Captain Thenault
Tyler Labine Briggs Lowry
Abdul Salis Eugene Skinner
Philip Winchester William Jensen
Daniel Rigby Ives
Barry McGee Dewitt
Augustin Legrand LT Giroux
Lex Shrapnel Grant
Keith McErlean Vernon Toddman
Michael Jibson Lyle Porter
Christien Anholt Higgins
Pip Pickering Nunn
Kyle Hesner Smith Jacques
Alain Boublil Luc
Lauren Downing Marie
Hayley Downing Marie

Technical Credits
Tony Bill Director,Screenwriter
Peter Afterman Musical Direction/Supervision
Chris Blunden Editor
Henry Braham Cinematographer
David Brown Executive Producer
James Clayton Executive Producer
Yves de Bono Special Effects Supervisor
Dean Devlin Producer
Nic Ede Costumes/Costume Designer
Blake T. Evans Original Story,Screenwriter
Marc Frydman Producer
Phillip Goldfarb Executive Producer
Matt Gray Art Director
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Dan Hubbard Casting
Andy Kennedy Sound/Sound Designer
Rachel Olschan Associate Producer
Kearie Peak Co-producer
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
Duncan Reid Executive Producer
Ron Rosen Editor
Marc Roskin Co-producer
Phil Sears Screenwriter
Gareth Tandy Asst. Director
Ian Voigt Sound/Sound Designer
David S. Ward Screenwriter
Charles Wood Production Designer
Margaret Yen Musical Direction/Supervision

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