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Above and Beyond (1952)


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Release Date: Nov 21, 1952 Wide


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The life of the man who piloted the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, is the subject of this historical drama. Special attention is paid to the pilot's relationship with his wife, which is strained by the necessary secrecy surrounding his ground-breaking mission.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama , Action & Adventure , Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Lt. Beirne Lay Jr. , Frank Panama , Norman Panama , Melvin Frank
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On DVD: Jun 22, 1994



as Col. Paul Tibbets

as Lucy Tibbets

as Maj. Uanna

as Marge Bratton

as Maj. Gen. Vernon C. ...

as Capt. Parsons

as Maj. Harry Bratton

as Gen. Samuel E. Rober...

as Dr. Ramsey

as Dr. Van Dyke

as Dr. Fiske

as Dutch Van Krik

as Thomas Ferebee

as Bob Lewis

as Bob Lewis

as Wyatt Duzenbury

as Radio Operator

as Radio Operator

as Paul Tibbets Jr.

as Mary Malone

as Gen. Curtis E. LeMay

as Maj. Gen. Creston

as Chaplain Downey

as Gen. Corlone

as Major Harry Bratton

as Dexter

as Captain

as Wyatt Duzenbury

as Co-pilot

as Gen. Robert's Aide

as Gen. Wolfe

as Gen. Irvine

as Captain

as MP Officer

as Haddock

as Lt. Malone

as Sgt. Wilson

as Johnson

as Officer On Train
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Critic Reviews for Above and Beyond

All Critics (2)

Spirited flag-waver about doing a controversial mission beyond one's duty.

Full Review… | September 5, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though the story of Col. Paul Thibbetts (Robert Taylor), the pilot who dropped the bomb on Hirsohima, is interesting, the movie is compromised by having too many domestic scenes with his wife (Eleanor Parker).

Full Review… | January 31, 2006

Audience Reviews for Above and Beyond


Robert Taylor is (was) so pretty, I'll watch anything he's in. Luckily he made some decent movies over the years -- Waterloo Bridge, Rogue Cop, Camille, Johnny Eager. Above and Beyond is one of the better ones. It's the true story (I'm sure Hollywood-ized as much as they could get away with) of Col. Paul Tibbets, the pilot who flew the Enola Gay to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

This film basically gave Americans an idea of what actually was going on before and during the decision to bomb Japan. Not a war movie, but a movie about war, and in particular the "war at home." Eleamor Parker plays Tibbets' wife Lucy, who goes through hell in trying to hold her marriage together with a man who holds all sorts of secrets he's forbidden to share with her, almost to the point of divorcet. He's not allowed to tell her about the plans for Japan, so she assumes the problem must be with him or her. It's torturous for both of them.

The title of the film I felt was significant for not only what the pilots were being asked to do, but also for what Tibbets was required to do -- keep secrets from his family, weeks and months away from home, pretend his marriage is no longer a priority -- going "above and beyond the call of duty" in protecting the mission. I was surprised by my reaction to the scenes where the bomb is being dropped, and the aftermath -- burning streets, flattened buildings -- seen from the sky (was that real footage or faked?). I actually teared up at the thought of what these men had to do, and what the survivors on the ground were going through, and just how horrific -- although likely necessary (the jury's still out in my mind) -- the whole thing was.

Robert Taylor to me has always been under-rated. Yeah, most of his characterizations are probably just him playing himself, but doesn't Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and many others basically do the same thing? He's not a GREAT actor, but he's convinced me well enough numerous times. But even when he's bad, he's still good....yummy.

Cindy I

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