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  •  You're right. (1+ / 0-)
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    Hollywood shouldn't even attempt putting out a film that might confuse the masses as to what actually happened to the people that lived it in real life. They have to throw in those fictional story lines that have nothing to do with the facts. You'd think they would know better than to touch that with their "artistic license", especially with a majority black cast portraying veterans that shouldn't even be referred to as Tuskegee Airmen. How patronizing.

    Why do they even bother?

    •  To be fair about the "Tuskegee" title (8+ / 0-)

      My impression of my father over the years is that he really resented that "Tuskegee Airman" title when I was young.  That really refers to the 99th Fighter Squadron.  When the Fighter Group was fully formed it consisted of the 99th, 100th, 301st and 302nd Fighter Squadrons and all of their ground crews.  

      I think toward the end of his life and I think many surviving pilots felt this way, that the term "Tuskegee Airman" by the 80s referred to the entire Fighter Group, and they were less pissed off at the term.

      In other words, the 99th Squadron "broke the color barrier" but it was the 332nd, with all four squadrons, that earned the black pilots the reputation as totally kick ass fighter pilots.

    •  I get the point... (1+ / 0-)
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      But most of those other Hollywood action flicks are cheaply manipulative and formulaic, unfortunately.  Maybe from some angle it can be seen as a positive that there is now such a movie with an all-black cast, but that won't make the movie any better thant the rest!  The trailer contained elements that would ususally cause me to avoid a movie like the plague.

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