Red Sky (2014 film)

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Red Sky
Red Sky (2014 film).jpg
Promotional poster for the film
Directed by Mario Van Peebles
Produced by Yakov Bentsvi
Sergei Bespalov
Russell Gray
Dmitry Guzeev
Nikolay Suslov
Dave Riggs
Screenplay by Adam Prince
Mario Van Peebles
Story by Nikolay Suslov
Dave Riggs
Based on Kerosene Cowboys: Manning the Spare
by Randy Arrington
Starring Cam Gigandet
Shane West
Rachael Leigh Cook
Bill Pullman
Mario Van Peebles
Troy Garity
JC Chasez
Jacob Vargas
Jason Gray-Stanford
Maria Guzeeva
Sergey Murzin
Vladimir Turchinsky
Music by Timothy Williams
Cinematography Ron Hersey
Edited by Steve Mirkovich
Svarog Films
Afterburner Films
Distributed by Aldamisa Releasing
Release date
  • March 12, 2014 (2014-03-12)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Red Sky (previously known as Kerosene Cowboys) is a 2014 straight-to-DVD action/thriller film directed by Mario Van Peebles and starring Cam Gigandet, Shane West and Rachael Leigh Cook.[1][2][3] Adam Prince and Van Peebles wrote the screenplay based on a story by Nikolay Suslov[1][4] and Dave Riggs, who in turn based the story on characters from the novel Kerosene Cowboys: Manning the Spare by Randy Arrington.[3] It is a Russian-American co-production (Svarog Films and Afterburner Films), supported by both Russian and American military forces. The film has been described as a "Top Gun–style pic" about pilots of an elite naval attack squadron.[3]


In 2001 in Iraq, two American Navy pilots—Butch Masters and Tom Craig—are ordered to bomb an abandoned plant. The order appears to be false. American experts get killed in the plant. A secret chemical device, called "Rainmaker", designed for oil fields destruction, gets stolen. Military court cannot prove the pilots' intentions, and gives them a dishonorable discharge. After seven years Craig is rich and famous. He manages a private pilot team, working for Top Gun and for movies. Masters is a grease monkey in a small airport. He still tries to investigate his old case, and dreams of his own pilot's team. In order to get a license to fly Russian jets, Masters goes to St. Petersburg, where he meets old friends and new problems. At the same time, a Kurdish militant group plans to capture a part of Northern Iraq and found a new Kurdish state there. They plan to use Rainmaker to destroy oil fields there and make the territory uninteresting for Americans. The terrorists' base is located in Northern Iran, and cannot be reached by US military. Navy intelligence offers Masters to clear his name by performing a secret off-records mission to Iran with a team of retired pilots. Using unmarked planes, they have to bomb the base and destroy "Rainmaker". Doomed to death, betrayed by friends, and left in the Syrian desert, Masters and his team finds unexpected support from the Russian Knights aerobatic team. Russians and Americans go to the final battle side by side.




The film's music was scored by Timothy Williams. The soundtrack was released digitally on August 5, 2014.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e - Threesome Joins Kerosene Cowboys
  2. ^ a b c d e f MovieWeb - 3 Ride to Kerosene Cowboys
  3. ^ a b c Sharon Swart (2008-05-18). "Yari ingnites [sic] 'Kerosene Cowboys'". Variety. Retrieved 2009-04-15. 
  4. ^ Goldstein, Gregg. "empty". Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 3, 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  5. ^ "'Red Sky' Soundtrack Announced". July 23, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 

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