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Old Jun 19, 2012, 02:54 PM
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Flying Tigers... worst air war movie ever?

I Watched this movie again last night. Most of it at least. But this time I was struck as to how bad it really was.

From the sound mix, to the plot, to the air combat schemes and 'special effects' to some of the acting. I have to admit Mr. Wayne did a good job with what he had.

Ive seen alot of 'air war' movies recently and I will have to put this one at the bottom of the list.
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Old Jun 19, 2012, 02:58 PM
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1942, give 'em some slack. Yes, we know that they used P-40 Kittyhawks in the movie, rather than Tommyhawks, but hey
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Old Jun 19, 2012, 03:01 PM
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Ive seen other movies from that era that at least did not have that screaming dive motor sound when the planes were landing... LOL
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Old Jun 19, 2012, 03:26 PM
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It's been a very long time since I've watched "The Flying Tigers." I don't remember it as being absolutely horrible, for it's time period, but I don't remember much about it period.

Wouldn't one of the candidates for worst "air war movie" be "Pearl Harbor," if it qualifies as an "air war movie." Of course, Pearl Harbor, the event, is pretty much a one-sided naval air attack but I'm not sure what "Pearl Harbor" the movie is, to be honest, other than a waste of time.
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Old Jun 20, 2012, 01:09 PM
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^^^^^Too True^^^^

Aside from Daredevil, Ben's worst effort. Sound track wasn't bad though.

Even Tora x3 was better, and it was pretty bad. Now, Bridges of Toko-Ri! That was a movie, even if Mickey Roonie was in it.
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Old Jun 20, 2012, 01:14 PM
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^^^^^Too True^^^^

Aside from Daredevil, Ben's worst effort. Sound track wasn't bad though.

Even Tora x3 was better, and it was pretty bad. Now, Bridges of Toko-Ri! That was a movie, even if Mickey Roonie was in it.
Yeah, all I remember from it is Faith Hill singing. Funny how the mind can block out traumatic events.
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Old Jun 20, 2012, 01:19 PM
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Flying Tigers needs to be taken in context. It was a propaganda film. It did it's job. And there were some cool arial combat depictions to boot.

As a bonus, John Wayne dies in the end!
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Old Jun 20, 2012, 01:33 PM
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Flying Tigers needs to be taken in context. It was a propaganda film. It did it's job. And there were some cool arial combat depictions to boot.

As a bonus, John Wayne dies in the end!
No, he doesn't. John Carroll does.





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Old Jun 20, 2012, 02:14 PM
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Thanks for the correction. Perhaps I was thinking of Green Berets.

Due to the situation in the 1960s and 1970s, I was not a big JW fan in my youth. Now I find him a priceless icon of Americana.
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Old Jun 20, 2012, 02:16 PM
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Thanks for the correction. Perhaps I was thinking of Green Berets.

Due to the situation in the 1960s and 1970s, I was not a big JW fan in my youth. Now I find him a priceless icon of Americana.
Watched him in True grit the other night. Almost dident recognize him.
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Old Jun 20, 2012, 02:21 PM
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To the best of my knowledge, John Wayne only died in:

http://www.funtrivia.com/askft/Question48316.html

The Shootist - He is killed in a gunfight in at the end of the film.
The Cowboys - He is killed by Bruce Dern's character.
The Alamo - Playing Davy Crockett, he is killed by a Mexican soldier's lance.
Sands of Iwo Jima - He is killed by a sniper's bullet at the end of the film.
Wake of the Red Witch - He dies as the ship sinks.
The Fighting Seabees - He is shot by a sniper.
Reap the Wild Wind - He is killed by a giant squid.
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Old Jun 20, 2012, 02:23 PM
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Wake of the Red Witch - He dies as the ship sinks.
It was already sank ...

/shrug
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Old Jun 20, 2012, 07:35 PM
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You think Flying Tigers is bad? Watch God is My CoPilot. Cheesier than a pizza factory!

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Old Jun 20, 2012, 07:51 PM
EIEIEIO Classic is dway ta go!
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Always remember the size of the cockpit they used for filming was sooooooo BIG compared to the actual planes cockpit/canopy! Looked like they could almost stand up and turn around inside !
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Old Jun 20, 2012, 10:49 PM
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You think Flying Tigers is bad? Watch God is My CoPilot. Cheesier than a pizza factory!

CD
I LIKED "God is my Co=Pilot"...wasn't any worse than "Flying Tigers", IMHO.
Just watched "Red Baron" on Netflix, I liked it.

Worst military aviation movie is "Iron Eagle"
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