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The War Lover (1962)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 25 October 1962 (USA)
In 1943, while stationed in Britain, arrogant Captain Buzz Rickson is in command of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, but his recklessness is endangering everyone around him.

Director:

Philip Leacock

Writers:

Howard Koch (screenplay), John Hersey (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve McQueen ... 'Buzz' / Buzz Rickson
Robert Wagner ... 'Bo' / Ed Bolland
Shirley Anne Field ... Daphne
Gary Cockrell ... Lynch: Crew of 'The Body'
Michael Crawford ... Junior' / Junior Sailen: Crew of 'The Body
Bill Edwards ... Brindt: Crew of 'The Body'
Chuck Julian Chuck Julian ... Lamb: Crew of 'The Body'
Robert Easton ... Handown: Crew of 'The Body'
Al Waxman ... Prien: Crew of 'The Body'
Tom Busby ... Farr: Crew of 'The Body'
George Sperdakos ... Bragliani: Crew of 'The Body'
Bob Kanter ... Haverstraw: Crew of 'The Body'
Jerry Stovin Jerry Stovin ... Emmet
Ed Bishop ... Vogt (as Edward Bishop)
Richard Leech ... Murika
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Storyline

Buzz Rickson is a dare-devil World War II bomber pilot with a death wish. Failing at everything not involving flying, Rickson lives for the most dangerous missions. His crew lives with this aspect of his personality only because they know he always brings them back alive. Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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John Hersey's Major Novel of World War II See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El amante de la muerte See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film utilizes an oft-used storyline of the war movie genre which has two soldiers in love with the same girl. See more »

Goofs

The film used three live B-17's in this production.. During the take off sequence before the Leipzig mission, the film shows several planes preparing to take off. As each plane taxis past the camera, the camera captures a unique nose art image.. It is also apparent that the base paint used to cover over the existing artwork does not match the olive drab color of the plane. It is easy to detect that each plane has it's nose art atop a swath of paint that did not match the body. The nose art that they depict in this film lacks the creativity and visual impact of the actual art created during the war by primary nose art artist, Tony Stark who was a member of the 8th Air Force's ground crew. See more »

Quotes

Captain Buzz Rickson: How 'bout that? Those squareheads can't even shoot straight.
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Connections

Referenced in Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Roll Me Over
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Musel and Desmond O'Connor
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B17 pilots vie for woman in WWII England.
26 December 1998 | by chaz-18See all my reviews

Buzz Rickson (Steve McQueen) is a B17 command pilot that has become so enamored with his role in the war he cannot fathom life now that it's conclusion is inevitable. As a B17 pilot, he has status, power, and excitement. What will civilian life hold that can possibly compare?

Buzz's co-pilot (Robert Wagner)is the exact opposite; a man hoping to simply survive the war and resume his life. Originally awed by the demeanor and flying skills of Buzz, the aircraft commander, he comes to realize that Buzz, the man, is a pathetic loser who has no place in civilian life.


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