Above and Beyond (2006)

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True Story about the Atlantic Ferry Operation during World War II.

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 Winston Churchill / ... (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Shelagh Emberly (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Pittman (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Don Bennett (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Nathan Burgess (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Bill Jacobson (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Lord Beaverbrook (2 episodes, 2006)
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True Story about the Atlantic Ferry Operation during World War II.

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The closing epilogue of this TV mini-series states: "Bennett's team became the heart of the R.A.F. Ferry Command. With their American allies they delivered over 25,000 aircraft from Newfoundland, changing the course of the war. More than 500 men and women died flying for Ferry Command. Captain Don Bennett went onto found and lead the Pathfinders, an elite group of pilots who led Allied bombers to their targets in Nazi Germany." See more »

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The Newfoundland airport gets a visit from an American general wearing the insignia of General of The Army (5 stars). After Pershing retired in the 20s, no one held that rank until December 1944. See more »

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Well intentioned but dreadful
21 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here is a television mini-series that one wills to be good, but all the wishful thinking in the world can't forgive its flaws. On the plus side, the setting is authentic in terms of greater geographic area and the cast does fairly well despite a sophomoric and uninspired script. Poor Joss Akland does his best although he is badly miscast as Winston Churchill. On the minus side, the film's budget was too low to allow the story to be well told or the period convincingly evoked. There are simply too many historical inaccuracies, too few of the right types of airplanes (and many that are inappropriate), and too much reliance on amateurish and unconvincing computer-generated aerial sequences that serve only to squander credibility. Sadly, the more one knows of history, the less forgivable these failings become.

I should perhaps reserve judgment because I did not see more than a third of Above and Beyond. I turned it off (something I rarely do with aviation films) in utter disgust after a Lockheed Hudson makes a crash landing due to an engine fire. The orchestration of this emergency and its cheesy digital realization were so ludicrously inept that the producers should have fired their technical adviser on the spot. That is, if they even had one. I suspect they didn't because the interior mock-up of the Hudson cockpit entirely lacked a pilot's side window. Hello! All in all, this mini-series was a promising concept that ended up doing a disservice to those who actually organized and performed those transatlantic ferry flights early in World War II. Here was an opportunity -- unfortunately missed -- to make up for Captains of the Clouds, the 1942 Jimmy Cagney film that likewise ends with an unconvincing depiction of Hudsons being ferried from Canada to the United Kingdom.


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