The Flyboys (film)
|Directed by||Rocco DeVilliers|
|Produced by||Rocco DeVilliers|
|Written by||Rocco DeVilliers|
|Music by||Lisle Moore|
|Edited by||Rocco DeVilliers|
Dark Coast Pictures
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
Dark Coast Pictures
The Flyboys (released Internationally as Sky Kids) is a 2008 American aviation adventure film starring Reiley McClendon, Jesse James, Stephen Baldwin and Tom Sizemore. The Flyboys revolve around a "coming-of-age" story of two boys from a small town who find their courage tested when they accidentally stow away aboard an aircraft owned by the mob. This was the final film for actor Harrison Young, who died three years before the film was released.
Two teens from a small town, new kid Jason McIntyre (Jesse James) becomes friends with Kyle Barrett (Reiley McClendon). Although they come from different sides of the track, the two set out on an adventure. After playing hokey from school, the pair decide to go to the local airport for some excitement. When they find aircraft are left unlocked, they try out the controls first on a small light aircraft and then check out a larger twin-engined airliner.
The mysterious, silvery aircraft is in a hangar but suddenly, the hangar doors open and the boys have to find a hiding place quickly. Slipping into the rear baggage compartment, Jason sneaks a peek at who is coming on board. He is frightened to discover one of the two men in the cockpit has a gun. Before they can make an escape, the aircraft starts up and takes off on a long flight over the Arizona desert.
Jason and Kyle unexpectedly find a bomb in the baggage compartment but when they burst into the cabin to report their discovery, they find that everyone on board had bailed out. Taking the controls, they manage to land the aircraft themselves but their troubles are only beginning. Jason and Kyle soon realize that they are embroiled a criminal effort to steal millions of dollars from the mob. In the process of staying one step ahead of gangsters, they find their courage to come out on top.
- Reiley McClendon as Kyle Barrett
- Jesse James as Jason McIntyre
- Stephen Baldwin as Silvio Esposito
- Tom Sizemore as Angelo Esposito
- J. Todd Adams as Lenny Drake
- Dallen Gettling as Ed Thomas
- Jennifer Slimko as Samantha Barrett
- Robert Costanzo as Carmine
- Vince Cecere as Manny
- Frank D'Amico as Sal
- Harrison Young as Grandpa Thomas
- Blaire Baron as Susan Thomas
- Tommy Hinkley as John McIntyre
- Joanne Baron as Ms. Poulson
- Dylan Kasch as Riz
- Travis Whitney as Bully #2
Producer, director and screenwriter Rocco DeVilliers worked with a $2.4 million dollar budget, meagre for a major production. Including pre-production, work on the film took over seven years. Once production was complete, the film was shopped around to major studios and distributors but was not successful in making any headway. Ultimately, despite 21 wins at numerous film festivals, The Flyboys was relegated to a DVD release, re-titled as Sky Kids. Promotional efforts then centered on the new title. The film was broadcast on Sky Movies UK on August 15, 2009. It was released on DVD in the UK titled Sky Kids on May 25, 2009.
The Flyboys was filmed in parts of Southwestern Utah, mainly in Hurricane, Utah, St. George, Utah, Washington, Utah and Zion National Park. Principal photography took place at Mesquite Airport,in Clark County, Nevada, United States. The aircraft used in the film included: a Bullock Bu-180 (N145BB), Beech 18S (CZ -265, N476PA), Beech A36 Bonanza, Eurocopter AS350 Écureuil (N410JC), and Piper PA-34-220T Seneca III (N83878). [Note 1]
In 2008, Devilliers embarked on an odyssey of film festivals all over the United States, with The Flyboys picking up 21 individual awards. A total of 14 awards were for best feature film while Steven Baldwin was also nominated for best supporting actor.