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as Reed Cassidy
as Eddie Beagle
as Capt. Thenault
as Briggs Lowry
as Eugene Skinner
as William Jensen
as Lt. Giroux
as Vernon Toddman
as Lyle Porter
Critic Reviews for Flyboys
Flyboys doesn't just use cliches - it wallows in them, feeling more like a film based on old war movies than actual history.
While director Bill nails the sheer spectacle of squads of SPADs dovetailing in flames into the wide blue yonder, the earthbound action (much as it was in another sputtering epic, Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor) is strictly laissez-faire.
Aafter a while -- there must be six major fights against unending numbers of German planes -- it feels like special effects run amok.
Why make such a corny and incredibly predictable film?
The painstaking authenticity and appealing cast of Flyboys can't overcome the cloyingly formulaic nature of its story.
Audience Reviews for Flyboys
This is a great movie about flying aces during WW1. A small group of Americans go to France to join the flying corps and battle the German flying aces, alittle cliched in places, alittle smoochy here and there and rather predictable to be honest but this is good boys own Biggles type stuff based on fact. The effects are great and do the job, the dogfights are really excellent and quite tense whilst the acting is ok, not great but worthy enough. The story sucks you in with its brash tale of young aces and romance and its not hard to get behind the heroes and cheer as they bring down the bosh haha. Overall its not really graphic with the bloodshed and not extreme in any way but it does the job of showing how the pilots fought and what they went through, with alittle Hollywood sparkle of course ;) Think 'Memphis Belle' with better effects and abit more realism, good fun with a caring heart to the facts. Scarfs on and chocks away chaps.
It really wanted to be good, but it was just too cheesy. The dialogue, acting and plot cliches were just too annoying for me to enjoy the movie as a whole, despite the fact that some of the dogfight scenes were pretty cool.
What a wonderful film! Right from start to finish I enjoyed every bit of it!
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