Above and Beyond

1953, Drama/History, 2h 2m

3 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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In this moving 1953 drama from director Melvin Frank, Col. Paul Tibbets (Robert Taylor), commander of the 509th Composite Group during World War II, struggles to come to grips with his peculiar place in human history: He's the first man to ever drop an atomic bomb. While his wife, Lucey (Eleanor Parker), has stayed loyal to him, the aftermath of causing such destruction leaves Paul questioning his humanity and the mission that may have forever diminished it.

Cast & Crew

Robert Taylor
Lt. Col. Paul W. Tibbets 509th Composite Group CO
Eleanor Parker
Lucey Tibbets
James Whitmore
Maj. William "Bill" M. Uanna
Jim Backus
Gen. Curtis E. LeMay
Larry Keating
Maj. Gen. Vernon C. Brent
Larry Gates
Capt. William "Deak" Parsons, USN
Marilyn Erskine
Marge Bratton
Michael Dunne
Maj. Harry Bratton
Robert Burton
Gen. Samuel E. Roberts
Hayden Rorke
Dr. Ramsey
Larry Dobkin
Dr. Van Dyke
Jack Raine
Dr. Fiske
Jonathan Cott
Capt. Dutch van Kirk
Jeff Richards
Maj. Thomas Ferebee
Dick Simmons
Capt. Robert A. Lewis
John McKee
Staff Sergeant Wyatt E. Duzenbury
Pat Conway
Pfc. Richard H. Nelson
Barbara Ruick
Mary Malone
Harlan Warde
Chaplain Downey
Pat Collins
Maj. Gen. Creston (uncredited)
Melvin Frank
Screenwriter
Norman Panama
Screenwriter
Beirne Lay Jr.
Screenwriter
Ray June
Cinematographer
Malcolm Brown
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Hugo Friedhofer
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Audience Reviews for Above and Beyond

  • Sep 01, 2009
    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.
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