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September 25, 2006

Flyboys - the Movie.

Worth the price of admission. They must have gathered in about all the flyable (or taxiable) reproduction aircraft in Europe for the movie.

Not too bad from a period accuracy point of view - if you don't mind all those British tanks in the middle of French army battlefields and in German hands.

Lots of computer-generated flying along with the actual in-flight footage, and if you don't know the difference between rotary and radial, you'll be fine.

And all the Vickers and Maxim guns blazing away, what's not to like?

It's a heavily romanticized (and cliché-ridden) tale of the Lafayette Escadrille, the Americans who went to France to fly and fight prior to the US entering the war.

Arguably 15 minutes too long at 2 hours, 15 minutes, but - I'll buy the DVD.

Which is really a pretty strong recommendation, for me!

Movie website is here.