Parents' Guide to

The Tuskegee Airmen

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

True story of African Americans in WWII has language, grief.

Movie PG-13 1995 106 minutes
The Tuskegee Airmen Movie Poster: Laurence Fishburne in the foreground, dressed in military uniform, with other characters and a plane in the background

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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Great Movie!

Like CSM says...there is STRONG language, particularly the "N" word. They say 14+, I say you know your kid. My child is 11, however given the context of the movie, I am ok with him hearing the language. Of course I talked to him about how a lot of people smoked in that day, and how a lot of people were racist in that time. The overall message of the movie, and historical context of it made up for the language. My kid was able to verbalize what he learned from the movie...and I think it was a great message. My kid is learning about Booker T. Washington in school, so he thought it was cool that they were called the "Tuskegee 6" Sometimes language and history is uncomfortable, but we have got to have these conversations with our kids. I also LOVE that there wasn't a bunch of sexual innuendos in the movie. Great family movie.

Is It Any Good?

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Originally produced for cable, this drama smacks of a low budget, cutting corners and skimming through history. But The Tuskegee Airmen's director, Robert Markowitz, does the best with what he has, making excellent use of a strong cast and using real war footage to help illustrate the flying and battle sequences (and save money on visual effects).

The actors are the movie's best asset, filling in the blanks for what might have been, in a longer, deeper movie, strong characters. In only a few short scenes, heavyweights such as Fishburne, Gooding Jr., Courtney B. Vance, and Andre Braugher suggest deep desires and complicated lives lived. The result is undeniably rousing and ultimately moving. It's hard to deny the power of the true story and the effectiveness with which the movie tells it.

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