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The War Lover (1962)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 25 October 1962 (USA)
Buzz Rickson is a dare-devil World War II bomber pilot with a death wish. Failing at everything not involving flying, Rickson lives for the most dangerous missions. His crew lives with this... See full summary »

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Cast

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'Buzz' / Buzz Rickson
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'Bo' / Ed Bolland
Shirley Anne Field ...
Daphne
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Lynch: Crew of 'The Body'
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Junior' / Junior Sailen: Crew of 'The Body
Bill Edwards ...
Brindt: Crew of 'The Body'
Chuck Julian ...
Lamb: Crew of 'The Body'
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Handown: Crew of 'The Body'
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Prien: Crew of 'The Body'
Tom Busby ...
Farr: Crew of 'The Body'
George Sperdakos ...
Bragliani: Crew of 'The Body'
Bob Kanter ...
Haverstraw: Crew of 'The Body'
Jerry Stovin ...
Emmet
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Vogt (as Edward Bishop)
Richard Leech ...
Murika
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Buzz Rickson is a dare-devil World War II bomber pilot with a death wish. Failing at everything not involving flying, Rickson lives for the most dangerous missions. His crew lives with this aspect of his personality only because they know he always brings them back alive. Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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... came with their BIG bombers, BIG talk, BIG money - and went over BIG with the women! See more »

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Adventure | Drama | War

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25 October 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El amante de la muerte  »

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Trivia

The scene where Captain Rickson "buzzes" the tower is a recreation of a similar event that actually occurred at Bassingbourn, an actual U.S.A.A.F. base near London where the movie was filmed. The 323rd Squad commander Major John Bishop's crew completed their 25th combat mission on January 21, 1944. Returning to base, Major Bishop decided to tip his cap and buzz the tower. The group commander met him on the field as he disembarked his plane where the two drove away in his vehicle. They car stopped at the maintenance hangar, where in keeping with tradition, the ground crew "dunked" the pilot in a tub of water to celebrate his accomplishment. See more »

Goofs

All the ladies in the movie have 1960's hairdos and clothing instead of 1940's styles. See more »

Quotes

Daphne Caldwell: Have you ever been in love, Captain? I'm serious, have you?
Captain Buzz Rickson: In wartime you don't fall in love, you make love. You know what I mean?
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Connections

Referenced in Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (1990) See more »

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Roll Me Over
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Written by Robert Musel and Desmond O'Connor
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B17 pilots vie for woman in WWII England.
26 December 1998 | by (kansas) – See all my reviews

Buzz Rickson (Steve McQueen) is a B17 command pilot that has become so enamored with his role in the war he cannot fathom life now that it's conclusion is inevitable. As a B17 pilot, he has status, power, and excitement. What will civilian life hold that can possibly compare?

Buzz's co-pilot (Robert Wagner)is the exact opposite; a man hoping to simply survive the war and resume his life. Originally awed by the demeanor and flying skills of Buzz, the aircraft commander, he comes to realize that Buzz, the man, is a pathetic loser who has no place in civilian life.


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