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The War Lover (1962)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Drama, War  |  25 October 1962 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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'Buzz' / Buzz Rickson
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'Bo' / Ed Bolland
Shirley Anne Field ...
Daphne
Gary Cockrell ...
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'
Al Waxman ...
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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Storyline

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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John Hersey's Major Novel of World War II 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

Mike Reilly drowned after parachuting from 2000 feet into the English Channel, near Newhaven, during the filming of a stunt for the film. He was 29 years old, had more than 300 jumps, was British parachute champion and the first Chairman of the newly formed British Parachute Association. See more »

Goofs

When Buzz decides to do a "beat up" of the field to show his displeasure at having had to drop leaflets instead of bombs, there is a Boeing C-97 parked on the ramp to the right of the tower - The C-97 made its first flight in 1944 and didn't enter USAF service until 1947. 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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Soundtracks

Roll Me Over
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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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