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Above and Beyond (2014)

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In 1948, a group of World War II pilots volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of 'Machal' -- volunteers from abroad -- this ragtag band of brothers not only... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Mina Alon Mina Alon ... Herself
Richard J. Carson ... Extra
Eddie Cohen Eddie Cohen ... Himself (archive footage)
Leon Frankel Leon Frankel ... Himself
Coleman Goldstein Coleman Goldstein ... Himself (archive footage)
Lou Lenart Lou Lenart ... Himself
George Lichter George Lichter ... Himself (archive footage)
Gideon Lichtman Gideon Lichtman ... Himself
Harold Livingston Harold Livingston ... Himself
Shimon Peres ... Himself
Paul Reubens ... Himself
Jd Roth-round ... Machal fighter pilot
Al Schwimmer Al Schwimmer ... Himself (archive footage)
Dani Shapira Dani Shapira ... Himself
Smoky Simon Smoky Simon ... Himself


In 1948, a group of World War II pilots volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of 'Machal' -- volunteers from abroad -- this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth; they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force. ABOVE AND BEYOND is their story. The first major feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in the War of Independence, ABOVE AND BEYOND brings together new interviews with pilots from the '48 War, as well as leading scholars and statesmen, including Shimon Peres, to present an extraordinary, little-known tale with reverberations up to the present day. Written by Anonymous

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It wasn't their country, but they made it their war.


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Release Date:

30 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force See more »


Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,111, 20 February 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$287,697, 3 May 2015
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Playmount Productions See more »
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Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2015, Audience Winner: Best Documentary Feature. See more »

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Outstanding documentary, highly recommended for middle school through adults
15 September 2015 | by shw-45519See all my reviews

At first blush, this documentary film presents as a Jewish story in a specific historical context. It is a remarkable story in that light. However, Above and Beyond reaches much further into the human psyche than any one demographic, community, or time period. The film uses first-person accounts to illustrate how the power of belief in a cause and trust in one's compatriots can motivate the most audacious resourcefulness and beat seemingly insurmountable odds.

Our thanks to Nancy Spielberg for capturing interviews with several of the daring pilots who rescued a fledgling country from impending oblivion. Their accounts are inspired, humorous, and highly accessible. Highly recommended for age groups 10 years old through adult.

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