James Dean look-alike James Franco stars as Blaine Rawlings, a taciturn Texas rancher who loses his family farm to foreclosure, beats up a banker and heads to France one step ahead of an arrest warrant.He's
joined in training by Briggs Lowry (Tyler Labine), a rich boy determined to prove his
worth to a domineering dad; Eddie Beagle (David Ellison), a nice fellow with an unpleasant secret; Lyle Porter (Michael Jibson), who believes "Onward, Christian Soldiers" is a command from the Lord; and Eugene Skinner (Abdul Salis), a black American expatriate who quits a lucrative boxing career to give something back to the country that welcomed him. (There really was such an African-American in the Escadrille.He
performed admirably until the United States entered the war and refused to let him fly any more because of his
French star Jean Reno shows up all the other actors with his wryly authoritative work as the Escadrille commander, and Jennifer Decker has the dubious honor of playing the main female role of Lucienne, a villager for whom Rawlings
develops a dangerous passion.