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A hard-as-nails general takes over a bomber unit suffering from low morale and whips them into fighting shape.

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In this story of the early days of daylight bombing raids over Nazi Germany, General Frank Savage must take command of a "hard luck" bomber group. Much of the story deals with his struggle to whip his group into a disciplined fighting unit in spite of heavy losses, and withering attacks by German fighters over their targets. Actual combat footage is used in this tense war drama. Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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bomber | general | combat | pilot | bombing | See All (55) »

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A story of twelve men as their women never knew them...

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Action | Drama | War

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13 February 1950 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Un homme de fer  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Gregory Peck initially turned down the script, feeling that it was too similar to the then-popular play/ film Command Decision (1948). One of the reasons why he changed his tune was because he was highly impressed with 20th Century Fox house director, Henry King. Although they had never worked together before, Peck found King's empathy with the material and his cast and crew to be highly appealing. The two would go on to make 5 more films together: The Gunfighter (1950), David and Bathsheba (1951), The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952), The Bravados (1958) and Beloved Infidel (1959). See more »

Goofs

During the aerial combat scenes of the movie's last mission, actual WWII combat footage is randomly inserted to add realism. However, three of these clips clearly show a closeup of an American P-47 fighter attacking the B-17's. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Gen. Ben Pritchard: I guess I don't have to tell you what's coming, Frank. I'm promising you nothing except a job no man should have to do who's already had more than his share of combat. I've gotta ask you to take nice kids and fly them until they can't take any more, and then put 'em back in and fly 'em some more. We've got to try to find out just what a maximum effort is. How much a man can take and get it all.
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Maj. Gen. Ben Pritchard: I don't even know if any man can do it. That's what cracked Keith.
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Maj. Gen. Ben Pritchard: What time do you ...
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The Whiffenpoof Song
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I was an air-cre- member of the 306th Bomb Group(BG) the model for the 918 BG and I have been impressed with the movei ever since it came out.
30 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

The picture brings back the memories of excitement, terror and relief. Its a picture that the authors bring out. I knew the commanding officer portrayed by Gregory Peck, a Colonel Frank Armstrong, a replacement for Col. Overacker. Gregory Peck was a BG. The only error I saw was in the MGDb write up. Your article sites the planes as B-24 rather than B-17. We were first division originally sent to England to be transferred to North Africa. The 918 Bomb Group in the picture is 3 times 306 = 918 thats how they identified them. We had 87% casualty rate; 287 of us flew to England on Oct 21 1942, 87 survived, and are passing away rapidly now. I was 19 as a bombardier-navigator,flew two tours; the second was a pilot. The picture is my ideal. I have three copies of it and view whenever I feel depressed. Thanks for my connection of the past Im78 and need a boost eversince I gave up drinking and smoking. Horace Corigliano


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