Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
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The Mission 

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A courageous young World War II gunner and aspiring cartoonist, trapped in the belly gun of a B-17 aircraft with the landing gear destroyed, has only his imagination as a force that might ... See full summary »


Steven Spielberg


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Episode complete credited cast:
Kevin Costner ... Captain
Casey Siemaszko ... Jonathan
Kiefer Sutherland ... Static
J.J. Cohen ... Jake (as Jeffrey Jay Cohen)
John Philbin ... Bullseye
Gary Mauro ... Sam
Glen Mauro ... Dave
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ... Officer
David Grant Hayward David Grant Hayward ... Mechanic #1
Peter Jason ... Commander
Karen Kopins ... Liz
Anthony LaPaglia ... Mechanic #2 (as Anthony La Paglia)
Gary Riley ... Tail Gunner
Ken Stovitz Ken Stovitz ... Lamar
Nelson Welch Nelson Welch ... Father McKay


A courageous young World War II gunner and aspiring cartoonist, trapped in the belly gun of a B-17 aircraft with the landing gear destroyed, has only his imagination as a force that might be able to save him.

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3 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This was the very first "stereo surround sound" broadcast by NBC. While many homes were not equipped with the surround decoder to play it back with the required rear channel speakers, manufacturers such as Fisher came out with rear channel amp/decoders to complete the rear sound effects. See more »


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The Army Air Corps Song
Written by Robert Crawford
Whistled by various cast members
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The most beautiful Spielberg work I've ever seen...
16 February 2007 | by DreTam2000See all my reviews

Do you believe in miracles?

This is my first time ever writing a review for anything here on IMDb. Though I adore the site, I've just never been much of a reviewer. However, I still couldn't resist when I realized that there was a separate page for the pilot episode of Steven Spielberg's 80s series, Amazing Stories. Since this series (and particularly this episode) is so unknown and overlooked, I just had to stop and pay my respects to one of the most magical movie experiences ever.

Written and directed by Spielberg himself, "The Mission" is an hour-long debut episode of the series. It's the tragic story of a team of World War II soldiers in a fighter plane and the turret gunner who, after a nasty collision with an enemy fighter jet, gets trapped underneath the belly of the plane. The landing gear is damaged and since the plane is also low on fuel and engine power, a horrific fate awaits the belly-gunner just as soon as the plane lands. Kevin Costner stars as the captain of the crew, while Kiefer Sutherland also plays one of soldiers. Rather than give you a more thorough synopsis of the episode (I don't want to give any hints or spoil anything), I'll just be informing you that its themes deal with belief, determination, never giving up, and the power of imagination. There are a few others, but I don't want to give anything away. To this day, this pilot episode of "Amazing Stories" remains the most magical, emotional experience I've ever endured in my short 22 years of movie viewing (and I've seen PLENTY).

Stevie has made it apparent throughout his legendary career that he believes in miracles. Films like E.T., The Color Purple, and plenty of other Spielberg classics have always been among my favorites. But "The Mission" is without-a-doubt the epitome of Spielberg's style and artistry. That's why it's my favorite, and the most enthralling of all his works. Watch this one with an open mind and you'll enjoy it too. But first, you have to believe!!

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