A Tuskegee Airman Movie -Devotion 2022: A True Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice
Devotion 2022 is a biographical war film that tells the true story of the camaraderie between naval officers Jesse Brown and Tom Hudner during the Korean War. Based on the 2015 book Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice by Adam Makos, this film is directed by J. D. Dillard and written by Jake Crane and Jonathan Stewart. The movie stars Jonathan Majors as Brown and Glen Powell as Hudner, with Christina Jackson, Daren Kagasoff, Joe Jonas, Nick Hargrove, Spencer Neville, and Thomas Sadoski in supporting roles.
Story of Tuskegee Airman movie:
Set in the early 1950s, Lieutenant Tom Hudner (Glen Powell) transfers to Fighter Squadron 32 (VF-32) at Quonset Point Naval Air Station, where he meets Ensign Jesse Brown (Jonathan Majors), the only African American member of the unit. After Brown’s car breaks down, Hudner starts giving him rides and eventually meets his wife Daisy and their young daughter Pam. The Browns are doing well, but they struggle with racist neighbors, and Brown has resorted to shouting racist abuse at himself in the mirror for motivation before missions.
VF-32 passes their carrier tests with the Corsair and transfer to the USS Leyte, which is deployed to the Mediterranean Sea to deter Soviet aggression. The unit has shore leave in Cannes, France, where Brown encounters actress Elizabeth Taylor on the beach and secures invitations for the squadron to a casino, impressing them. The squadron is then informed that war has broken out between North and South Korea, and Leyte is redeploying to support the South.
In November 1950, VF-32 arrives in Korea and learns that Chinese troops have entered the war on the North Korean side and begun to push American forces back. The squadron deploys to destroy a pair of bridges on the Yalu River between China and North Korea, though they are only permitted to fire on the Korean side of the border. Brown and Hudner fight off a MiG-15 fighter jet while the others attack the bridges, but one remains standing. While Hudner orders a retreat in the face of anti-air fire from the Chinese side of the river, Brown disobeys him and attacks the bridge solo, successfully crippling it.
On another mission to support besieged Marines at Chosin Reservoir (including the Marine who earlier harassed Brown), Brown’s Corsair is crippled, and he is forced to crash-land in a clearing in the mountains of North Korea. Hudner sees that Brown is alive but trapped in his cockpit and deliberately crashes his own plane in the clearing in order to aid Brown. Though he puts out an engine fire, Hudner is unable to extract the wounded Brown from the wreckage, and Brown dies shortly after a Marine helicopter arrives to assist him.
Back on Leyte, Hudner’s commander determines that it is too risky to attempt to recover Brown’s body from the Chinese-controlled area, and VF-32 (minus the injured Hudner) is instead sent on a “funeral flight” to destroy the downed Corsairs, with Brown’s corpse still inside. Several months later, a heartbroken Hudner receives the Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman for his attempts to save Brown. Hudner speaks with Daisy after the ceremony and apologizes for failing to rescue her husband. Daisy remarks that she only made him promise to be there for Jesse, not to save him, and Hudner tells her that Jesse’s final words were about how much he loved her.
Cast of Tuskegee Airman movie:
|Jonathan Majors||Ensign Jesse Brown|
|Glen Powell||Lieutenant Junior Grade Tom Hudner|
|Christina Jackson||Daisy Brown|
|Thomas Sadoski||Lieutenant Commander Dick Cevoli|
|Daren Kagasoff||Bill Koenig|
|Joe Jonas||Marty Goode|
|Spencer Neville||Bo Lavery|
|Nick Hargrove||Carol Mohring|
|Boone Platt||Buddy Gill|
|Dean Denton||USS Leyte (CV-32) Captain T.U. Sisson|
|Joseph Cross||Charlie Ward|
|Serinda Swan||Elizabeth Taylor|
|Bill Martin Williams||President of the United States Harry S. Truman|
Release of Tuskegee Airman movie:
The film was released by Columbia Pictures through Sony Pictures Releasing in the United States on November 23, 2022. Despite receiving positive reviews from critics and audiences, the film did not perform well at the box office, grossing only $21.8 million worldwide against a budget of $90 million.