Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1985 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Crawford
Whistled by various cast members
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Considering The Length & Cast, It's Very Disappointing
30 August 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

For a one-hour special episode that featured some big stars, this was very disappointing. In two words: too slow. Very little happens in this double-length show. It's mostly guys yelling and suspense what will happen to the gunner in this World War II American fighter plane. He is stuck inside and the landing gears are blown to bits. The only thing they can do is land the heavy plane but our boy will gets smashed in his little Plexiglas bubble at the base of the plane. How can the boys save this kid?

The suspense is drawn out for the entire hour and it's too long. This would have made a fine regular half-hour show. Much of this material wasn't needed.

It had the usual different kind of ending, which is the nature of this TV show. It looks like a straight drama-adventure until the finish. The only thing of interest, I found, was seeing a very young Keifer Sutherland, who almost looks like a high school kid. Kevin Costner was still fairly young but looks like the guy we know from "Field Of Dreams" which was made perhaps four years after this TV show. Sutherland, however, looks a lot younger than we know from his movies and "24" TV career.

Half of these "Amazing Stories" I would watch a second time, but not this one.


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