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Above and Beyond (1952)

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Col. Paul Tibbetts piloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in World War 2.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucey Tibbets
Maj. William 'Bill' M. Uanna - Security Officer, Operation Silverplate
Maj. Gen. Vernon C. Brent
Larry Gates ...
Capt. William 'Deak' Parsons, USN
Marilyn Erskine ...
Marge Bratton
Stephen Dunne ...
Maj. Harry Bratton, Co-Pilot B-29 Tests
Robert Burton ...
Gen. Samuel E. Roberts (Tibbets' CO in Africa)
Dr. Ramsey
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Dr. Van Dyke (as Larry Dobkin)
Jack Raine ...
Dr. Fiske
Jonathan Cott ...
Capt. Dutch van Kirk (Navigator, Enola Gay)
Maj. Thomas Ferebee (Enola Gay Bombardier)
Capt. Robert A. Lewis (Co-Pilot, Enola Gay)
John McKee ...
Staff Sergeant Wyatt E. Duzenbury, Enola Gay Flight Engineer


The story of Colonel Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay, the bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Although unaware of the full potential of this new weapon, he knows that it is capable of doing tremendously more damage than any other weapon used before, and that the death toll resulting from it will be enormous. He is reluctant to be the person who will end so many lives, but if using it may bring an end to the war, then not doing so may result in even more lives being lost in continued ground assaults as the fighting goes on. At the same time, the intense secrecy surrounding this mission leaves him with no one he can express his thoughts and doubts to, not even his wife. As time goes on, the pressure upon him only increase. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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The personal story of pretty Lucey Tibbets who had the hard luck to fall in love with a hero. This is the story that changed their lives---and our lives---forever! See more »


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2 January 1953 (USA)  »

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Eagle on His Cap  »

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The sequences showing the bombing of Hiroshima were lifted from another MGM film, The Beginning or the End (1947), which was about the development and use of the first atomic bombs. See more »


When Lt. Col. Tibbets first gets to Wendover he is asked for his ID three times. The third MP is wearing a USMC armband. Army military police armbands are only the letters MP, USMC ones are M.P., with the periods. See more »

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Sticks to the Personal
19 November 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The actual development of the atomic bomb was documented in films like The Beginning or the End and in Fat Man and Little Boy. Above and Beyond concentrates on the pilot of the B-29 that actually did the deed.

Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker play Colonel and Mrs. Paul Tibbetts who's marriage was put under an incredible strain due to the security surrounding his assignment. Taylor was between his marriages to Barbara Stanwyck and Ursula Thiess and was involved with Parker at the time Above and Beyond was being filmed. Probably that helped a lot during the romantic interludes in the film.

Because this film sticks to the personal story of the Tibbetts marriage and avoids all the debate about the use of the atomic bomb, it still holds up well for today's audience.

In the supporting cast I would have to single out James Whitmore who plays the security head at Wendover field where Tibbetts is training the potential crew for the mission as the most outstanding. He's virtually the only one Taylor can bare his stoic soul to with the assignment he has.

Even with the debate over Hiroshima still raging I would still recommend viewing this film.

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