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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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Capt. William Parsons, USN
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Marge Bratton
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Maj. Harry Bratton
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Gen. Samuel E. Roberts
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Dr. Ramsey
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Dr. Fiske
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Dutch Van Kirk
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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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The personal story of pretty Lucey Tibbets who had the hard luck to fall in love with a hero. This is the story that changed their lives---and our lives---forever! See more »

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Action | Biography | Drama | War

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2 January 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eagle on His Cap  »

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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Paul Tibbets' biography indicates that Paul and Lucy Tibbets divorced in 1955, 3 years after the movie was released. See more »

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When the B-29s fly over the Golden Gate bridge en route to Tinian, a pre-World War II battleship is shown cruising under the bridge. See more »

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Above and Beyond and then Some-Above & Beyond ****
28 February 2009 | by See 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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