A courageous young World War II gunner and aspiring cartoonist, trapped in the belly gun of a B-17 aircraft with the landing gear destroyed, has only his imagination as a force that might ... See full summary »

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Jake (as Jeffrey Jay Cohen)
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Bullseye
Gary Mauro ...
Sam
Glen Mauro ...
Dave
Terry Beaver ...
Officer
David Grant Hayward ...
Mechanic #1
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Liz
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Tail Gunner
Ken Stovitz ...
Lamar
Nelson Welch ...
Father McKay
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A courageous young World War II gunner and aspiring cartoonist, trapped in the belly gun of a B-17 aircraft with the landing gear destroyed, has only his imagination as a force that might be able to save him.

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3 November 1985 (USA)  »

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This episode runs for 60 minutes, as opposed to the usual 30 minutes for the episodes in this series. (See also episode #2.8 "Go to the Head of the Class") See more »

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Featured in De Palma (2015) See more »

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The Army Air Corps Song
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Written by Robert Crawford
Whistled by various cast members
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A good wartime thriller spoilt by a stupid ending
22 September 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE MISSION is one of the better known episodes of the AMAZING STORIES TV show, which is down to the fact that it was directed by no less than Steven Spielberg. I saw it as part of the anthology film AMAZING STORIES: THE MOVIE, where it was paired with the one featuring Christopher Lloyd as a wacky teacher. THE MISSION is a WW2 adventure set entirely within a bomber plane as an American crew find themselves caught up in a life or death situation with seemingly no solution.

I have to say that this episode looks quite good on a low budget. There are a lot of effects, a lot of smoke and explosives, and a decent cast to boot. Both Kevin Costner and Kiefer Sutherland are present here before they hit the big time in their careers. I liked the plot, which is simple and allows the viewer plenty of thinking time to try and work out a solution - a bit like a detective story. What a pity, then, that Spielberg absolutely ruins things by including one of his mawkish, sentimental endings which turns the whole thing on its head and comes off as completely laughable. It was so ridiculous that I was frankly repulsed by the whole thing.


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