Some of the most honorable people in the world are those who are so loyal to the people of their country that they’re willing to put their own safety into jeopardy. That was certainly the case for the first African-American elite fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy, Jesse Brown, who served during the Korean War. His story of being so determined to defend his country that he was willing to endure institutional bigotry is chronicled in the aerial war epic film, ‘Devotion.’
The drama was directed by J.D. Dillard, the son of the second African-American member of the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels squadron. Jake Crane and Jonathan Stewart wrote the script for the movie, which is based on the 2015 bestselling book, ‘Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice,’ by Adam Makos. The book chronicles the real-life story Brown and his fellow fighter pilot, Tom Hudner. The film stars Jonathan Majors, Glen Powell, Christina Jackson and Thomas Sadoski.
The screen adaptation will be available to stream on Paramount+ and available to buy on Digital beginning this Sunday, January 8. ‘Devotion’s Digital release comes after Sony Pictures Releasing distributed the feature in theaters on November 23.
When you buy the film on digital, you receive access to never-before-seen bonus digital content, including:
‘The Aviation of a Forgotten War’: Take a deep dive into the world of 1950s U.S. Naval aviation and experience the epic aerial action brought to life in Devotion. Meet the actors in real planes used during the Korean War in this incredible behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.
‘The Legacy of Jesse Brown’: Discover the extraordinary life of Jesse Brown, the first African American Naval Aviator, and explore his personal journey during the Korean War. Hear from the cast and crew as they discuss Jesse’s unique and complex story.
In honor of ‘Devotion’s Digital distribution, Film Factual is offering five lucky winners a digital code for the feature and one lucky winner a copy of Makos’ book. One lucky winner will also receive a free one-month trial code to Paramount+. The promo code will be redeemable on Web and Mobile Web only, and will be available for a Commercial-Free or Essential plan to Paramount+
To enter, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us know that you’re entering to win the ‘Devotion’ giveaway in the email’s subject line, and let us know if you’re interested in receiving a digital code or the book; if you’re entering to win the book, enter your mailing address in the message. You have until next Friday, January 13 to enter, and you can enter the contest once daily. On January 13, we’ll pick the winners at random, and notify them through email. All entrants for the digital code and book will be entered to also win the free trial code to Paramount+. Good luck!
‘Devotion’ chronicles the growing relationship between Jesse Brown (Majors) and his fellow fighter pilot, Tom Hudner (Powell). Though they’re both gifted pilots, Jesse has more trouble adjusting to the fighter plane the Navy introduced in 1950, the Vought F4U Corsair, whose bulky engine blocked visibility.
Also struggling to be away from his wife, Daisy (Jackson), and their young daughter, as well as racism from his otherwise all white team of fighter pilots, Jesse finds comfort in his growing friendship with Tom. Their shared heroic sacrifices and enduring friendship ultimately made them the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen.