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Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb (1980)

TV Movie  -   -  Adventure | Drama | History  -  23 November 1980 (USA)
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Well-intentioned history lesson; the decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it.

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Lieutenant Jacob 'Jake' Beser
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Lucy Tibbets
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Gary Frank ...
Major Tom Ferebee
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Captain Bob Lewis
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Major Wiiliam 'Bud' Uanna
Walter Olkewicz ...
Sergeant Shug Crawford
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Captain William 'Deke' Parsons
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Field Marshall Abehata
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Richard Venture ...
Alexander Sachs
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Secretary of War Stimson
Stephen Roberts ...
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Captain Claude Eatherly
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Well-intentioned history lesson; the decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it.

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Major Tom Ferebee has to unroll his autographed "Short Shot" money roll to help Colonel Paul Tibbets and himself remember the last name of Theodore "Dutch" van Kirk. In actuality the three men had flown over 40 combat missions together on the same crew in Europe, and it is highly improbable that either Tibbets or Ferebee, let alone both of them, would have forgotten van Kirk's name. See more »

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Colonel Paul Tibbets: Improperly commandeered an airplane...
Captain Bob Lewis: I was on official business.
Colonel Paul Tibbets: Lost in the middle of a snowstorm...
Captain Bob Lewis: Do you expect me to control the weather?
Colonel Paul Tibbets: Didn't occur to you to use instruments...
Captain Bob Lewis: My compass was out, SIR.
Colonel Paul Tibbets: Set down in the middle of a corn field...
Captain Bob Lewis: It was on the approach to the airport.
Colonel Paul Tibbets: So why didn't you use the airport?
Captain Bob Lewis: Because I was out of gas! It was one gorgeous piece of flying.
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Well done historical drama
25 May 2001 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

I suspect some of the subplots in this historical film are total fiction. But they're harmless enough and add to what could have been as dull and dry as Los Alamos itself. There is a good bit of humour injected into what is a serious and tragic story but it fits well. The integration of newsreel footage and the dissolves from black and white to colour are particularly effective. Surprisingly there is no mention of the subsequent Nagasaki bombing or the tragedy of the USS Indianapolis which played a vital role in transporting the bomb to Tinian and was torpedoed on her return journey. (Thats a movie in itself.) The film is not a history lesson. It is a darned good war movie.


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