September 22nd, 2006



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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.

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.5/10 (18,822 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director: Tony Bill

Stars: James Franco, Jean Reno, Jennifer Decker

Before the United States entered World War I, young Americans went to France to be fighter pilots, joining the Lafayette Escadrille. This fictional version follows a laconic Texas rancher, an eager Nebraska kid, a Black boxer already in France, and a New York swell, as they arrive green for training, get their baptism by fire when German planes ambush them on their first mission, and graduate to heroics. Rawlings, the Texan, falls in love with a young woman he meets at a bordello. Keeping their eyes on them are Captain Thenault and Cassidy, the resident ace, who keeps a pet lion. Can the boys measure up?

Writers: Phil Sears, Blake T. Evans

James Franco - Blaine Rawlings
Scott Hazell - Cinema Usher
Mac McDonald - Sheriff Detweiller
Philip Winchester - William Jensen
Todd Boyce - Mr. Jensen
Karen Ford - Mrs. Jensen
Ruth Bradley - Laura
Abdul Salis - Eugene Skinner
Jean-Philippe Écoffey - Skinner's trainer
Tim Pigott-Smith - Mr. Lowry
Tyler Labine - Briggs Lowry
Gail Downey - Mrs. Lowry
David Ellison - Eddie Beagle
Jean Reno - Capt. Thenault
Augustin Legrand - L.T. Giroux

Taglines: Inspired by a true story


Official Website: Electric Entertainment [United States] |

Release Date: 22 September 2006

Filming Locations: Elstree Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,004,219 (USA) (24 September 2006) (2033 Screens)

Gross: $13,082,288 (USA) (17 December 2006)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Cassidy was mainly inspired by Raoul Lufbery, the leading flying ace of the Escadrille Squadron.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Lowry shares a bottle of cognac with Skinner he claims it's 'a hundred year old bottle of Louis XV'. In fact, there is no such thing. The bottle he is holding up is a bottle of Louis XIII.

Captain Thenault: Reports can be filed. But you want "justice"? *You're* the man in the air. *You're* the man with the *gun*!

User Review

Just attended the Premier

Rating: 10/10

I just attended the premier of Flyboys at the Oshkosh Airshow. Enjoyed it thoroughly. The flight scene special effects were difficult to impossible to distinguish from the actual flying. Director Tony Bill discussed the background and making of the film to an audience composed largely of aviators including some of the best such as Bob Hoover, Sean Tucker and others. A difficult audience to impress and impressed they were.

The film does not shy away from the ugly aspects of combat nor does it ignore the seamier aspects of the non-flying life although that is nowhere near becoming graphic. The history has been treated accurately - and yes there was really a black pilot as portrayed in the film. I have read a number of histories and autobiographical accounts of the American volunteers - they were idealistic and naive. Thats just the age they lived in - don't judge the characterizations by todays standards.

Anyway, a wonderful film.


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