George Lucas is a creative genius who has given us some of the most exciting and successful films in screen history. Everyone knows him for the block buster Star Wars as well as his Indiana Jones series, among many other notable hits at the box office.
Not only has his talent been used to write, direct and create films, he has also pioneered high tech wizardry in the film industry with his hugely successful, Marin county based, Industrial Light and Magic. This company has pioneered digital technology and made once nearly impossible special effects, commonplace without the need for expensive sets and casts of thousands to make movies realistic.
When George Lucas invests his considerable storytelling talents into an exciting tale for the big screen, common sense would say it would be eagerly sought by Hollywood movers and shakers for distribution rights. But it seems that was not the case.
George produced a movie centered on an epic time in world history, a time when World War II was raging. Forces between good and evil were fighting to the death in a great clash of civilizations.
Red Tail is an exciting story about the first all black squadron of American fighter pilots, who fought unbelievable racism and prejudice in order to have the honor of risking their lives in the cockpit of American fighter planes. George Lucas brought this tale to life for the big screen.
At this time in our history, blacks were considered inferior in intellect and not capable of the highly complex tasks involved in operating a fighter aircraft at such high speeds and maneuvers. Just operating an aircraft like that required extraordinary abilities, flying in combat conditions required ice water racing through your veins. Sadly for our nation, blacks were excluded from service to our country in this capacity as well as others.
But due to the insistence of the Presidents wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, the Army Air Force was forced to train a squadron of all black volunteer airmen. Reluctantly, the Air Force took the black recruits and purposely put them through the meat grinder trying to wash out as many as they could. But to the surprise of the Air force, most of these brave men were up to the task and qualified as fighter pilots.
Mrs. Roosevelt's courage to defend these brave men and give them the opportunity to prove themselves, was a great turning point in American history. These brave airmen, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, or red Tails for the distinctive markings on the aircraft's tail section, went on to to great heroism and bravery over the skies of Europe. They dueled to the death with seasoned German fighter pilots, defending our bombers.
This has to be one of the most exciting and uplifting stories in American, as well as world history. For this story to be brought to life by master story teller and film maker George Lucas, is almost a certain box office hit. Hollywood film distributors should be lined up at the sky Walker Ranch begging for film distribution, right? Wrong!
Lucas had run into a brick wall trying to get his exciting film distributed and the reasons for that failure to distribute are surprising as well as disappointing. A film that captures the essence of America breaking through the race barrier with courage and fortitude is itself a victim of the race barrier.
Hollywood elite said they didn't want to market the film because its mostly all black cast. They said they didn't think it would do well in world wide distribution.
Lucas eventually partnered with 20th Century Fox to release the film, which he hopes will be a big hit. He said, "I wanted to make it inspirational for teenage boys. I wanted to show that they have heroes; they're real American heroes, they're patriots, they helped make the country what it is today.
George Lucas is an American hero and patriot and by his persistence got his film produced and ready to distribute. But at the same time, Georges efforts have shown a side of the Hollywood liberal elite, that gets them the nickname of "limousine liberals". Ready to lecture the rest of us on how we should comport ourselves, but it seems they do not abide by the same creed.
As a side note, in 2005 George Lucas donated 1 million dollars to help fund the Martin Luther King Monument in Washington DC
Here's the trailer for "Red Tail":
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