Flyboys

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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 ...
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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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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*
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2007
  • UPC: 027616065346
  • Original Release: 2006
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:19:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Franco Blaine Rawlings
Jesse James
Martin Henderson Reed Cassidy
Reiley McClendon
Stephen Baldwin
David Ellison Eddie Beagle
Jennifer Decker Lucienne
Tom Sizemore
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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Flyboys
   Play Movie
   Language Selection
      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
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selection
      Main Titles/Off to War
      Orientation
      For Killers Only
      Training
      Out of Gas
      Personal Insignia
      Briefing
      Dogfight
      Pilot Down
      Drink Up
      Lucienne
      Honor in the Sky
      Officially Killers
      Future in Flying
      Having Fun
      Are You a Spy?
      Aerial Combat
      Desperate Measures
      Lowry's Cognac
      Finding Meaning
      Mercy Mission
      Pre-Dawn Resue
      Formal Charges
      Zeppelin Attack
      Cassidy's Heroism
      Memorial Service
      See You in Paris
      The Jitters
      Bombing Raid
      The Falcon and the Eagle
      Flyboys
      End Titles
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Director Tony Bill and Producer Dean Devlin On/Off
      Trailers
         Play All
         Copying Beethoven
         Last King of Scotland
         The Illusionist
         Home of the Brave
Disc #2 -- Flyboys
   Featurettes
      Play All
      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
   Deleted Scenes
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      Toddman in Trench
      Nunn's Funeral
      Cassidy and Rawlings Talk in Brothel
      Lion
      Rawlings Finds Lion
      Baseball Game & Lowry Talks to His Father
   Flyboys Squadron DVD-Rom Game
   Theatrical Trailer
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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    There havent been too many movies made regarding this subject. T

    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!

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    Highly recommended for all young men .

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worst Film I Have Ever Seen

    I hated Flyboys. The decision to shoot digital was ill-informed. Try again, Tony Bill.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    WRONG ACTORS LISTED

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Movie Is The Bomb...Dropped Out Of The Plane!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST MOVIE IN A LONG TIME!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A very good film, Finaly.

    Hollywood has put out a bunch of trash lately, but this film is well worth seeing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BEST EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love FLYBOYS it is the best movie in the history of movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An outstanding WWI film even students like

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Amazing, Breathtaking movie that puts you on the edge of your seat!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Old-Fashioned Period Piece Makes a Fine Film

    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

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