StoryIn 1914, "The Great War" began in Europe. By 1917, the Allied powers of France, England, Italy and others were on the ropes against the German juggernaut.
Some altruistic young Americans disagreed with the war. They volunteered to fight alongside their counterparts in France; some in the infantry, some in the Ambulance Corps. A handful of others had a different idea: they decided to learn to fly.
The first of them, a squadron of only 38, became known as the Lafayette Escadrille. This is their story.
Forced to abandon his family's ranch, Blaine Rawlings (James Franco) finds his future in a newsreel chronicling the adventures of young aviators in France.
At a small train station in rural Nebraska, William Jensen (Philip Winchester) promises to make his family proud. In New York, spoiled Briggs Lowry (Tyler Labine) embarks on a trans-Atlantic passage. Meanwhile, in France, black expatriate boxer, Eugene Skinner (Abdul Salis), vows to repay his debt to his adopted racially tolerant country.
Together, these American boys arrive at an aerodrome in France, eager to learn how to fly. What they don't realize is that they are about to embark on a great, romantic adventure, becoming the world's first combat pilots.
- Commentary by director Tony Bill and producer Dean Devlin
- 15 minutes of deleted scenes
- Short Documentary on Real Life Airmen
- Short Documentary on the SFX
- Miniature Stunt Pilot Feature
|James Franco||Blaine Rawlings|
|Philip Winchester||William Jensen|
|Todd Boyce||Mr. Jensen|
|Tim Pigott-Smith||Mr. Lowry|
|Tyler Labine||Briggs Lowry|
|David Ellison||Eddie Beagle|
|Jean Reno||Capt. Thenault|
|Martin Henderson||Reed Cassidy|
|Michael Jibson||Lyle Porter|
- Genre: Action Movies
- Theme(s): Military
- Director: Tony Bill
- Length: 140 min
- Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Theatrical Release North America Sep 22, 2006 Europe Jun 1, 2007 Japan Nov 17, 2007 Australia Feb 15, 2007
Ratings North America PG-13 Europe 12 Australia M
Blu-ray Release North America Jan 30, 2007
DVD Release North America Jan 30, 2007