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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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Beirne Lay Jr. (story), Melvin Frank | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

"You're not the man I married. Not any more. You're ambitious...cold...and heartless!" See more »

Genres:

Action | Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eagle on His Cap See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The airplane Lucey Tibbets leaves Wendover on is a Douglas C-47B Skytrain, serial 43-49196 made in 1944 for the USAAF. After the war it saw civilian service as N73859, with the Spanish Air Force and with an air transport firm in western Africa. See more »

Goofs

When we see the bomb drop out of the bomb bay it is not the "Little Boy" atomic bomb. It appears to be footage from a drop of Britain's Tallboy bomb which was long and bullet shaped with some animation added such as the nose protrusion of the detonation device. In actuality Little Boy was blunt nosed like a loaf of bread and the detonation device was inside the bomb not a protrusion on the front of the bomb. See more »

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Above and Beyond and then Some-Above & Beyond ****
28 February 2009 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Highest rating with Robert Taylor and Eleanor Parker giving phenomenal performances, perhaps the best ever in both of their careers.

After he has been chosen to test pilot the B-29 bomber, Taylor is so affected by his work in the preparation of dropping the atomic bomb on Japan, that he becomes intolerable to live with and is extremely harsh with all those under his command. He had no choice as the objective of his work obviously had to remain top secret.

This is definitely a superior story of the human spirit in triumph.

Taylor is aided by an excellent supporting cast headed by Larry Gates, Larry Keating and the recently departed James Whitmore.

The emotional pain of Taylor is sincerely etched in his face in an unforgettable performance.


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