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Based on actual events. When the commander of the crew of a B17 Flying Fortress bomber is killed in action in a raid over Sicily in 1943, his replacement, a young naive pilot struggles to be accepted by the plane's already tight-knit Irish American crew. Written by
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Several characters- including the new waist gunners- though they are members of the Army Air Force, wear Army Infantry (light blue piping) caps. Army Air Force enlisted men/ NCOs wore caps with distinctive royal blue and orange piping. See more »
To the segment of our audience who noticed flaws in certain historical and technical aspects of our film: we strove to be as accurate as we were able to afford. This movie was a labor of love, born out of respect for the men of the Army Air Corps who both flew and supported the operations of B-17s during WWII. Unfortunately, much of the equipment that might of increased the accuracy of our sets no longer exists, and those people who still own and operate B-17s were not forthcoming with assistance in providing us with access to planes. We were forced to do what many generations of film makers and G.I.s had to do before us: Make do. So, to those who were unable to enjoy the film due to glaring inaccuracies, we offer our deepest condolences. No doubt, you will find a community of like-minded, disappointed individuals on the Internet to validate your outrage at such historical inaccuracies, such as the lack of small wall tents, or the wrong gauge rivets in the cockpit windows. We hope, that in time, you will forgive us. See more »
With the advent of CGI, the story of the 8th Air Force in Europe during WWII is begging to be told. The visual effects in this film were very good--I just wish they had shown the B-17s over Germany instead. Over a hundred thousand young men were killed in B-17s and B-24s over the skies of the Third Reich. Spielberg needs to make this film.
"Fortress" is a great first step, and I thank the producers for doing what big-time Hollywood could not. They made a much better film than "Memphis Belle", which was so badly Hollywoodized that the story it told about a real airplane and its crew was in no way the real story.
In "Memphis Belle", six actual B-17s were used, along with large radio-controlled models. One B-17 was lost during the production.
With CGI, hundreds of 17s and 24s can fill the skies, and the look is incredibly realistic. "Fortress" is definitely worth seeing.
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