Flying Tigers


Action / Drama / Romance / War

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 63%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 71%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 2966


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John Wayne as Capt. Jim Gordon
Anna Lee as Brooke Elliott
Charles Lane as Repkin
Anne Jeffreys as Nurse
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1hr 42 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 6 / 10

American volunteers battling the Japanese in the skies over China

FLYING TIGERS is one of those American war movies that came out while WW2 was still in full swing. I always find such pictures have a little more dramatism to them, a little more urgency in depicting a battle against a nefarious and overwhelming enemy. This film's milieu is a little different, chronicling as it does the adventures of a group of voluntary American pilots battling the Japanese in the skies over China just before Pearl Harbor.

The film is low budget but effective and the lack of real plane interiors and the like is well disguised by the director's efforts. I suppose you could argue that all of these pilot films are quite similar and they are, but it's the human drama that makes them watchable. Most characters here play simply in support but John Wayne does his usual macho man stuff very well. The real star of the piece is John Carroll playing the brash young ace who undergoes an intriguing character arc and is far more complex than the trappings of the genre would have you assume. The ending is dramatic and thrilling in equal measure.

Reviewed by Edgar Allan Pooh 7 / 10

"I hope you two had a good time . . . "

" . . . because Hap paid the check," Jim says to his girl and the guy who just paved the way for Japan's successful sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Surprisingly, some FLYING TIGERS viewers haven't put two and two together. They think they're watching a simple war flick, not realizing that this John Wayne vehicle actually is a film noir outing featuring Brooke, the deadliest Femme Fatale in recorded human history. It's clear that Jim's night patrol just before midnight, Dec. 6, 1941, was perfectly positioned to give the U.S. Pacific Fleet a heads up on TORA! TORA! TORA! But hot-to-trot Brooke lures key pilot Woody from his duty station for a night on the town, since Woody is much better looking than Wayne's Jim, her stodgy steady. As a result, visually impaired Hap dies in Woody's place, and Jim's assigned mission is cut short before it can blow the whistle on PEARL HARBOR. As John Wayne stares into the distance while socialist president FDR drones on from the radio about "Days of Infamy," you can tell that he's thinking "Some day my grandchild will drive a Lexus." FLYING TIGERS is a cynical look at war profiteering and mercenaries from beginning to end. Despite its opening on-screen tribute to "Chiang Kai-Shek," viewers soon see that Jim is musing "Just wait till my buddy Ronnie Reagan sells your world council seat to the Commies."

Reviewed by mark.waltz 6 / 10

The Republic of John Wayne vs. the Empire of the Sun.

While the planes these American war heroes supposedly have the face and teeth of tigers painted on them, it is very apparent that they look more like sharks. As these military men of the United States protecting the Chinese from invasions of the Japanese, they are involved in combat even before the attack on Pearl Harbor. John Wayne is the jovial commander of the base, in love with nurse Anna Lee (of "General Hospital" fame) and dealing with a brash newcomer (John Carroll) whose arrogant presence is upsetting the other men. Carroll can't be described as a team player; In fact, he takes it upon himself to make his own rules without regards to the consequences. In spite of all that, Wayne remains on his side even though he's breaking a lot of rules. But when one of Wayne's men is killed (after being grounded due to issues regarding a lack of depth perception) while covering for Carroll (out on a dinner date with Lee), the Duke has had enough, and prepares to send Carroll back. Then, December 7th occurs, and the mission that they were previously on becomes more complicated.

Not much different than other war stories about the Pacific, but lacking in some of the clich├ęs that made others trite and stereotypical. Wayne is extremely likable, Lee an absolute delight, and the Chinese children she is taking care of totally adorable. Her description of the plight they went through to get through to her is very moving. Carroll's performance is a mix of arrogance, tenderness and insecurity, his cockiness obviously hiding a lack of self-esteem and ability to be part of an important team. The combat sequences are well filmed with some bloodiness thrown in to make them more realistic. This helps make the "Why We Fight" message of the film seem less obvious and results in a genuine crowd pleaser.

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