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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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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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25 October 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El amante de la muerte  »

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Trivia

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 »

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

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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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Je vous aime
(uncredited)
Written by Henri Bataille, René Mercier and Charles Potier
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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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