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WWI flyer Eddie Rickenbaker remembers his life which brought him from a car salesman, race driver and pilot in WWI, to an important person in the early years of civil airline service, after his plane crashed in the South Pacific in late 1942. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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"Rick" is on the Screen ! The Gripping . . . Exciting Story of America's First Ace of Aces !

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19 June 1945 (USA)  »

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El capitán Eddie  »

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The film's premiere was held in Eddie Rickenbacker's home town of Columbus, OH, at The Ohio Theatre on August 1, 1945. In attendance were 20th Century-Fox stars Carole Landis, Peggy Ann Garner, James Dunn and Lloyd Nolan, along with Ohio politicians Congressman Jerry Voorhis, Mayor of Columbus Jim Rhodes and Gov. Frank Lausche. See more »

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A travesty, but in the details.
1 December 2007 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

I don't recall the movie being as bad as the previous poster laments, but it is the first time I saw a movie of a person I knew something of his historical record and how they played loose with the details for dramatic license (I read his massive autobiography 5 times at least--a big book for a 13 yr old to read then--and several of his other books, including his version of the ordeal at sea depicted in the movie and Capt. Cherry's version "We Thought We Heard the Angels Sing"). I was "outraged" as any hero worshiping teen could be when they changed incidents in the movie that I knew happened differently (hey! That didn't happen that way!). but from this movie, I did learn the lesson of what that disclaimer means "Though based on actual incidents..."


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