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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 ...
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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

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

The briefing map the pilots get to see before the raid on Leipzig shows the Netherlands as having an area of reclaimed land that was not yet there during WW II. It's called Eastern Flevoland (or, in Dutch: Oostelijk Flevoland) and wasn't finished until 1957. 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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Referenced in Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005) See more »

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Je vous aime
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Written by Henri Bataille, René Mercier and Charles Potier
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Living on the edge
23 September 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the great Oscar winning best picture Patton, Karl Malden as Omar Bradley explains the difference between himself and George C. Scott. Malden is a professional soldier trained to do a job, whereas Scott just lives for the action because he loves it. That's what Steve McQueen is as a hotshot bomber pilot who has a crew of Karl Maldens who just want to do a job and get home alive.

Oddly enough a year after The War Lover came out Steve McQueen would play another hotshot pilot in The Great Escape. A pilot who's been grounded and temporarily enjoying enemy hospitality. I wonder how the two McQueens from The War Lover and The Great Escape might have viewed each other.

McQueen's co-pilot Robert Wagner dislikes McQueen's living on the edge style though he knows this guy has the skill to back up his brag and has done so. But things could be going further south in their relationship as McQueen makes a play for proper British woman Shirley Anne Field whom Wagner likes as well.

It's an interesting role that McQueen has and he pulls it off. He's not a nice person, but you can't help rooting for him. Especially in that last close run thing he attempts at the close of the film.

The War Lover is a good war picture and will satisfy the fans of Steve McQueen who are still legion in this world.


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