Set during the Korean War, a Navy fighter pilot must come to terms with with his own ambivalence towards the war and the fear of having to bomb a set of highly defended bridges. The ending ... See full summary »
Submarine commander Ken White is forced to suddenly submerge, leaving his captain and another crew member to die outside the sub during WW II. Subsequent years of meaningless navy ground ... See full summary »
Set during the Korean War, a Navy fighter pilot must come to terms with with his own ambivalence towards the war and the fear of having to bomb a set of highly defended bridges. The ending of this grim war drama is all tension. Written by
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Writer James A. Michener wrote the story after spending time aboard the USS Essex. One of the pilots aboard the Essex at the time was Neil Armstrong. It is not known for certain whether any of the characters in the book or movie were based on Armstrong. See more »
In a number of scenes, Holden's character goes from wearing his flight helmet to having his helmet off with no time to freshen up in between. Yet his hair is always perfect after taking off his helmet. In reality it would be a mess from the helmet and sweating. See more »
[to Lt.Brubaker as he's about to be highlined to another ship]
What's the matter sir? You look a little edgy. You know what I used to do? Go up to the forward edge of the flight deck and let the spray hit me right in the kisser. Works every time.
[shouting as he is hoisted away]
You should try it Lieutenant!
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Opening credits prologue: With Task Force 77 U.S. Navy Off the coast of Korea November, 1952 See more »
A meritorious tribute to the heroism of the Jet-Bomber pilots...
The mission is clear and straight: to destroy completely the vital Korean bridges at Toko-Ri in order to frustrate enemy actions...
The film is a competent work and meritorious tribute to the heroism of the Jet-Bomber pilots (William Holden and Charles McGraw) and the extreme courage of the helicopter rescue service (Mickey Rooney and Earl Holliman).
'Where do we get such men,' affirms Rear Admiral George Tarran from the bridge of the aircraft carrier, and he was right!
The film exposes a close observation of the men's minds, their attitudes, their families, the tragedy of war, and the fascinating danger of the Jet-Bombers take-off and landing...
Charles G. Clarke's aerial photography in color of the Jet planes is simply spectacular...
Fredric March as the Admiral is staunch and human, and William Holden perfect as the American soldier fighting man... Grace Kelly flourished with her beauty the splendor of the picture...
Based on James E. Michener's novel, this ambitious action thriller is a cut above the usual war tragedy with impressive statements to make about war, death and politics...
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