George Lucas releases Red Tails today in a Lucasfilm production that’s based on the Tuskegee Airmen who fought in World War II.

Moviefone’s Mike Ryan saw the film this week and couldn’t help but notice the similarities between Red Tails and the original Star Wars.

Here are some of the similarities:

The movie begins with a written introduction that is almost identical to the color and font used for “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” in Star Wars.

A pilot nicknamed “Junior” wants to be called “Ray Gun” because he is a big Flash Gordon fan. George Lucas is also a big Flash Gordon fan and only made Star Wars because he could not secure the rights to Flash Gordon.

At one point, a young pilot named Maurice says, “I don’t want to learn how to play cards. I want to learn how to dogfight.” Maurice says these words with the same passion that Luke Skywalker does when he tells Ben Kenobi, “I want to come with you to Alderaan. I want to learn the ways of the Force and be a Jedi.”

In battle, a leader of the Red Tails tells a pilot to, “cut the chatter.” This same exact line is spoken by Red Leader to Red Two in Star Wars.

In Star Wars, one of Luke Skywalker’s childhood friends is named Deak. In Red Tails, a young pilot is named “Deke”

The interior of the Officer’s Club in Red Tails looks exactly like the interior of the Mos Eisley cantina in Star Wars.

During the dogfights in Red Tails, there are numerous instances of characters being tailed by German fighters, screaming, “I can’t see him!” Which is reminiscent of Biggs screaming, “I can’t see it!,” before being bailed out by Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.

You can read Mike Ryan’s 10 similarities on Moviefone’s website by clicking HERE and tell us what you think:

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