In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.
Pete Sandich and buddy Al Yackey are daredevil aerial forest-fire fighters. Pete finds True Love with Dorinda but won't give up the job. When he takes one risk too many, Dorinda faces deep grief and cannot easily put her life back together. Written by
During production, Steven Spielberg confided that while making Jaws (1975), he and Richard Dreyfuss had traded quips from A Guy Named Joe (1943), which they both wanted to remake. As an "inside joke," a clip from the film is included in a scene in Poltergeist (1982), which Spielberg had produced. Dreyfuss had seen the 1943 melodrama "at least 35 times." For Spielberg, who recalled seeing it as a child late at night, "it was one of the films that inspired him to become a movie director," creating an emotional connection to the times that his father, a wartime air force veteran had lived through. The two friends quoted individual shots from the film to each other and when the opportunity arose, years later, were resolved to recreate the wartime fantasy. See more »
Pete's plane has the registry number N9425Z. Later in the film, the same number is visible on a different plane when Dorinda takes it out to aid the smoke jumpers; and before her splashdown, her plane now has registry number N4818E. See more »
The hell with it. What this place reminds me of is the war in Europe.
This is deep.
Which I was personally never at, but think about it. The beer's warm, the dance hall's a Quonset, there's B-26s outside, hotshot pilots inside, an airstrip in the woods... it's England, man! Everything but Glenn Miller! Except we go to burning places and bomb 'em till they stop burning. You see, Pete, there ain't no war here.
What's taking her so long?
This is why they don't make movies called 'Night Raid to ...
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If you have ever had a loss, this is the one for you!
I lost my husband suddenly about 2 years ago. I first watched this movie about 10 years ago and I enjoyed it. Then, I watched it last night again. This time, it was much more personal to me, and I still enjoyed it,only in a different way. The relationship between Holly Hunter and Richard Dreyfuss was portrayed wonderfully. The selfishness he felt when seeing her and Ted together for the first time was so very honest and painful. The pain she feels at moving on with her life, the love and concern John Goodman shows her, the uncertainty of her future and the way she will handle it kept me on the edge of my seat. The emotions were so real and many of them were the same ones I have felt over the past 2 years. The scene where Dorinda dances alone yet with Pete simply sent me to the tissues. When she is putting out that last fire, and is contemplating the rest of her life alone hit home as well. I cried for almost the entire movie this time. The actors portrayed their characters as real as can be, and I truly felt their pain and confusion. I read the book years ago and I feel that this is one of the few times the movie is as good as the book. This time after watching it, I actually was able to find a little peace in my life situation. If you have ever suffered a major loss in your life, I wholeheartedly recommend this movie- even if you haven't, the acting, the script and the movie as a whole gets a 9.0 in my book. Keep a box of kleenex nearby.
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