The War Lover (1962)

The War Lover (1962)

The War Lover





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In this WWII film, macho American pilot Buzz Rickson is stationed in England and must battle with co-pilot Ed Bolland when they both fall in love with the same woman. However, the two must put aside their differences to combat a much greater enemy.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: John Hersey, Howard Koch
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 13, 2003
Columbia Pictures

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as Capt. Buzz Rickson

as 1st Lt. Ed Bolland

as Daphne Caldwell

as 2nd Lt. Marty Lynch

as Junior Sailen

as Handown

as Prien

as Haverstraw

as Vogt

as Woodman

as Singer

as Street Girl
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Critic Reviews for The War Lover

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | September 22, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 10, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Rarely seen McQueen actioner is pretty good.

August 14, 2007

July 9, 2005

September 3, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for The War Lover

Not bad study of differing pyschologies that make up a flight unit in WWII. McQueen and Wagner are well cast and work well together. Shirley Anne Field is a very classy leading lady and the romance is well presented and doesn't interfer with the main story. The ending is unfortunately abrupt and hurts the overall feeling of the film.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Basically a remake of "Hell Is For Heroes" , this time in the air with the mighty U.S. 8th Air Force, McQueen playing a less admirable, morals lacking psychopath version of HIFH's "Reese" against clean and handsome Robert Wagner as they clash over the girl who can't decide between the Bad Boy and the Good Boy (Sounds like NYC or L.A. on a Saturday night, Eh?). Dumb requisite love story detracts from the action, but this is more psychological thriller than "War Is Hell" genre like "Hell Is For Heroes" or "Pork Chop/Hamburger Hill". A movie you can share popcorn with your Babe of choice, she gets the love story and you get to enjoy the heroic danger of the air action, not to mention the charisma of the great McQueen & Wagner...

Black Snake

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