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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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Roberta Grossman
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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
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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 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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Not Rated
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UK | Israel | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Budget:

$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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An interesting and seldom discussed part of history
14 September 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Above and Beyond" is a documentary from Nancy Spielberg, Steven's sister. Additionally, it was written and directed by women--making this film rather unusual. Sad that we don't see more like this.

The movie is about a period seldom talked about--the formation of Israel and its statehood in 1948. At that time, most of the Arab world seemed ready to destroy the country and Israel had few resources other than folks eager to create a new nation. They had nothing in the way of military--and the lack of an air force was particularly worrisome. This film is about this first air force-- mostly made up of foreigners (mostly Americans) using surplus WWII airplanes.

Fortunately for this film, many of the old pilots were alive to participate in the production--rather amazing considering how long ago these events occurred. In addition to this and some great production values and an interesting story, it's well worth seeing.


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