Flyboys

 (2,785)6.52 h 19 min2017X-RayPG-13
The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.
Directors
Tony Bill
Starring
James FrancoJean RenoMartin Henderson
Genres
DramaRomanceAction
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
David EllisonJennifer Decker
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Electric Entertainment
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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Book GnomeReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Second Only to "The Red Baron" for Biplane Action
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This historical story follows the exploits of young English pilots during WWI. While the storyline is clearly fictionalized a bit and a little melodramatic, the biplane flying action is excellent, topped only (and not always) by that in "The Red Baron". In particular I found a couple circling battle scenes portrayed in "Flyboys" to be especially dramatic, highlighting an era when aces actually felt the wind on their faces.

If you are interested in this movie, then you will also want to check out:
-- The aforementioned The Red Baron, a mostly historical account of this pilot that includes the best biplane action to be found in moviedom.
-- The Blue Max, a purely fictional account that nevertheless offers great flying action (that is surprisingly good for a 1966 film) and a compelling story.
-- Aces High, the poorest of this bunch with downright bad flying action but notable in accurately capturing the despair of the short-lived German pilots at the end of WWI.
qajaqrReviewed in the United States on April 7, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Like any good story..
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... this one has several things going on. Many of them have been detailed in these reviews, but while the technicals are important, the message is too.
The message here is the human cost of combat. What it costs to be a warrior. What they have to live with after the firefight, the battle, the war, is over. Those that have never been in a war, never seen a close brother-in-arms killed or watched one reduced to an incoherent, broken human in the fetal position that just hours ago was a fearless fighter, have no idea what war costs. How it feels to realize you've killed a human. How it feels to see a human killed. You know yourself and everyone else much better after days and weeks and months of killing and dying day and night; it grinds everyone down to who they really are. You realize things about yourself you didn't know, and if you survive, you have to live with what you've done, or didn't do. It finds the bravest, the weakest, the foolish, the most determined, the coolest under fire, the cowards, then exposes them. That's what this film is about. The brotherhood of those that have been in the fire and tempered by it, the loss of those same brothers, those that failed in the crucible of combat and how profoundly a warrior understands the price of war.
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Yee-Ron C.Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Always a diehard fan for this movie.
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This movie is total nostalgia! I know there are plenty of historical inaccuracies in it but it's still one film I enjoy having in the collection. Digital or not. It has action, bits of funny moments, seriousness, and romance too. Inspired from a true story kinda stretches the truth a little but it is based off of the real pilots who did volunteer to become the first pilots for America in the first World War. The story adds its own fair amount of drama to enhance the storyline but that's understandable. If you go into this film trying to pinpoint everything wrong with it, it won't be easy to enjoy. I still say it is a nice contribution to the film industry though, hands down.
ChazzReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love this movie.
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Ok forget about the "oh now that wasn't realistic...." nonsense. I doin't think many people watch a Jame Franco looking for it to be dead historically accurate. If you are looking for that watch a documentary on WW1 aircraft not Flyboys.
It is fun to watch. Make you laugh, makes you cry, makes you wish you owned an earlier model aircraft.... etc, etc,.
So grab some popcorn and watch away. You will enjoy it.
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RichReviewed in the United States on September 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Flyboys--A Great Movie
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If you're interested in what the aerial combat was like during WWI, this movie will give you an excellent point of view. While the time line is a little off, the overall presentation is historically correct. While the characters in the movie portray some of the original pilots, the names have been changed. As in most war movies, the battle scenes are a little intense, so if you're squeamish about seeing blood, I wouldn't recommend watching this.
joeReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
For 9 year olds
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Kind of a cliche, derivative, predictable, anodyne, mess of sloppy editing. You know that moment in war movies where the maverick renegade finally grasps the importance of a higher purpose then gives somebody a stern faced, heavy eye contact, super exaggerated salute? Well imagine that for a whole movie....its been an honor serving with you.
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das enigmaReviewed in the United States on February 18, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
This movie is amazing flat out great
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I watched it many years ago and recently watched it again here on prime. I am really surprised that when it was in theaters it did poorly. It does follow the typical hollywood movie story line practically like every other movie out there. For me, what makes this movie so likable is the character development that the film makers do throughout the movie. They give a glimpse into many of the character's lives and when they die off in the movie, it kind of leaves you disappointed that so and so dies.
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johnfReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly good and worth seeing.
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This film was surprisingly good in every way. It's a very traditional action/adventure film that emulates earlier films of its type and adds up-to-date special effects which make the flying combat scenes much more involving and exciting than in the past. It's well-acted by a relatively young cast. Cowboy character Blaine Rawlings and boxer Eugene Skinner were based on actual members of the Lafayette Escadrille.It also has excellent cinematography that captures the beauty of the scenery from the air. The story is nothing exceptional but simply what one would expect from a film of this type. It's not so much about fighting as it is about bravery, sacrifice and camaraderie in the face of danger. A romantic subplot seems tacked on to some people but it was a traditional part of the genre and adds an extra dimension to the characters.

The movie was almost totally overlooked in the fall of 2006 when it came out and, since no studio would back it, was a major financial loss to its producer Dean Deviln and executive producer David Ellison who put up most of the 60-million budget themselves (the film grossed 18 million worldwide). Ellison also appeared in the film as Eddie Beagle, a supporting character who provides many of the comic moments of the film.(He made his money back co-producing World War Z). America has a rather detached attitude toward the First World War which seems rather distant and faraway, unlike the Second, so the interest just wasn't there. How many big films from each war can you think of? They're almost all of the Second. Also, the movie scene was really changing in the early 2000's. This was when traditional genres like dramas and romantic comedies started a steep decline in favor of big special effects extravaganzas. Most of the big films of 2006 are fantasies of some sort: Pirates of the Caribbean, Night at the Museum, X-Men Last Stand, Da Vinci Code, etc. This movie was big, but too traditional and free of fantasy elements.

It even got picked on for historical inaccuracies. We all know lots of people like to find these faults in films. It makes them look smarter than the film makers and admittedly can be a fun game. In the biggest case among many, WWI afficionados piled on about the German tri-planes (Fokker DR) which were not used until the end of the war after late 1917, when the film is set in 1916. In the first place if you are going to movies to study history you're way off base. Movies are entertainment, not accurate history lessons. They exist to entertain and so have a different agenda and are allowed to take liberties as long as they don't go overboard (like having Germany win the war). The tri-planes look cool and dangerous and the audience can easily tell who is who in the combat sequences which is what is important to the film.

The movie is a bit too long. It could have easily ended twenty to thirty minutes before it did, but they decided to add one more big scene. This is okay and the scene does work but wasn't really necessary except in a screen writer's sense of resolving things in a certain traditional way. The movie manages to keep you involved enough so it all works.
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