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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
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The last names of the main characters in the film were slightly different from the John Hersey novel. In the novel, "Buzz" Rickson's last name was Marrow, and "Bo's" was Bowman, not Boland. See more »
During the final mission, right have Emmett is hit and Bo tells Buzz he's group commander, there is an outside shot of "The Body" which shows the bomb bay doors open and severely damaged. A few seconds later, the plane is shot up by a German fighter and it clearly shows the bomb bay doors closed - they then get shot up (and a fire starts in the bomb bay).. See more »
Although this is one of my McQueen favorites, the movie itself is flawed.
The film does not stand on its own merit. Rather it assumes the viewer has read the original novel, by John Hersey, upon which it was based. Since many of the important aspects of the book are assumed, the film contains gaps and jerks in its sequencing and total focus.
However, if you like period pieces, the uniforms and flight gear are terrific. And except for one really bad special effects sequence (anyone who saw this movie knows I'm talking about the burning parachute which looks like what it is- a burning handkerchief) the aerial sequences, both war footage and interior close up action shots, are detailed and believable.
McQueen clearly captures the character of Buzz Rickson ( Buzz Marrow in the book), an A#1, narcissistic SOB. A great line is: "I risk the crew's life every time I take them off the ground, don't I...sir?" The pause between "don't I" and "sir" tells the whole story. This guy deftly walks the line between being totally professional and totally insubordinate.
All in all, a great flick.
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