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 »

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Steven Spielberg (developer), Joshua Brand (developer) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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
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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 be able to save him.

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PG | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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This episode runs for sixty minutes, as opposed to the usual thirty minutes for the episodes in this series. See more »

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Featured in De Palma (2015) See more »

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The Army Air Corps Song
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Crawford
Whistled by various cast members
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Spielberg at his finest
21 June 2019 | by jezfernandezSee all my reviews

I saw this for the first (and last) time back in the late 1980s, when you could rent Amazing Stories in sets of 3 episodes. I was probably about 14 years-old at the time and absolutely loved this episode. 30 years, I was surprised at how well it's aged. My 13 and 10 year-old daughters really enjoyed it too.

The cast is fantastic, the tension palpable and Spielberg deftly moves his camera through the tight confines of the plane.

Is the pay-off a little schmaltzy? Well I guess that depends on how how you feel about Spielberg. Personally, I love the charm and innocence of this episode, as well as the boyish hope that Spielberg uniquely delivers.

The only change I'd make is the title. 'The Mission' is a little bland - 'Lucky 24' would have been much more fitting.


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