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The War Lover (1962)

 -  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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Steve McQueen had a stand up row with wardrobe mistress Wyn Keely after a blouse worn by Shirley Anne Field didn't rip during their kissing scene on the first take. See more »

Goofs

The B1 class steam engine Number 61378 the airmen arrive in London on was not built until 1951. See more »

Quotes

Captain Buzz Rickson: What's the matter Bolland, afraid to die?
1st Lt Ed Bolland: Damn right I am. But you're scared to live.
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Song of Liberty
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Good character study, weak movie.
20 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

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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