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Above and Beyond (1952)

Approved | | Action, Biography, Drama | 2 January 1953 (USA)
Col. Paul Tibbetts piloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in World War 2.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... Lt. Col. Paul Tibbet
Eleanor Parker ... Lucey Tibbets
James Whitmore ... Maj. Bill Uanna
Larry Keating ... Maj. Gen. Vernon C. Brent
Larry Gates ... Capt. William Parsons, USN
Marilyn Erskine ... Marge Bratton
Stephen Dunne ... Maj. Harry Bratton
Robert Burton ... Gen. Samuel E. Roberts
Hayden Rorke ... Dr. Ramsey
Lawrence Dobkin ... Dr. Van Dyke (as Larry Dobkin)
Jack Raine ... Dr. Fiske
Jonathan Cott ... Dutch Van Kirk
Jeff Richards ... Thomas Ferebee
Dick Simmons ... Capt. Robert Lewis
John McKee John McKee ... Wyatt Duzenbury


The story of Colonel Paul Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay, the bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Although unaware of the full potential of this new weapon, he knows that it is capable of doing tremendously more damage than any other weapon used before, and that the death toll resulting from it will be enormous. He is reluctant to be the person who will end so many lives, but if using it may bring an end to the war, then not doing so may result in even more lives being lost in continued ground assaults as the fighting goes on. At the same time, the intense secrecy surrounding this mission leaves him with no one he can express his thoughts and doubts to, not even his wife. As time goes on, the pressure upon him only increase. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Release Date:

2 January 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eagle on His Cap See more »


Box Office


$1,397,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,647,000, 31 December 1953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,980,000, 31 December 1953
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The medal shown behind the opening and closing credits is the U.S. Army's Distinguished Service Cross. It is the second highest award only to the Medal of Honor. Col. Tibbets was awarded the DSC for the Hiroshima mission. See more »


When Lt. Col. Tibbets first gets to Wendover he is asked for his ID three times. The third MP is wearing a USMC armband. Army military police armbands are only the letters MP, USMC ones are M.P., with the periods. See more »

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A bit of a surprise...in a good way.
9 June 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Despite my love for aviation films, I somehow never got around to seeing "Above and Beyond" until now. Much of this is because although I like airplane films, I incorrectly assumed that this movie would basically be a by the numbers and very dull documentary about the dropping of the first atomic bomb. Seeing them recreate this somewhat mundane process depressed me and I only got around to seeing it finally because the film starred Robert Taylor--an exceptional actor. Fortunately, my assumptions about the film were mostly wrong--and it was a very good retelling of this true story.

I think the biggest reason I liked "Above and Beyond" is because it does NOT show as much of the technical aspects as I thought it would. Instead, it focused a lot of the film on the personal toll the project took on its commander, Col. Tibbets. Now this is NOT the toll on him after the dropping of the first A-bomb (he actually seemed to have no problems with this from everything I've read--saying that it DID help end the war)--but how the secrecy demands of the project took a major toll on the Colonel's marriage. I had just assumed, incorrectly, that Tibbets was some guy chosen at the last minute to command this mission and that he was already serving in the Pacific. Instead, he was picked long before and headed an unit in Utah that spent many, many months working out the specifics of the bombing. The security for all this surprised me--as I'd just assumed this was only for the Manhattan Project itself.

Interesting, well-written and acted, this is a nice historical piece that is both fascinating and entertaining. I was particularly impressed by the recreation of the atomic bomb drop from the point of view of the crew as it happened--it was well done and believable. The only negative, if there is one, is that the film really doesn't even mention the second bomb dropped a few days later--a bit on an odd omission. I guess being second doesn't hold a lot of interest to most folks.

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