Above and Beyond Reviews
O.K. WWII drama. Begins in 1940 at which time Newfoundland was an independent Dominion ruled financially from England because of the Depression. Plot centers on the coming of age experiences of a young Newfoundland woman living in Montreal, Canada, who becomes involved with the Allied war effort through her job. I found it to be interesting as far as it went regarding the early period of the secret pilot training program out of Gander Airport under Captain Dan Bennett. However, there was far, far and away too much emphasis placed upon trite romances of colorful locals whilst not enough portrayal as to the courage, heroism, and triumph of the pilots who risked their lives to fly the North Atlantic over and over again to deliver critically needed fighter aircraft across to England from the U.S. thereby staving off Nazi offensives into Britain-and that is the real story here, isn't it?
Cockpit scenes were amazing. Crucial Bismarck battleship connection evidenced. Very good cast performances especially Richard E. Grant as Captain Dan Bennett and Joss Ackland as Winston Churchill. I think that it was a mistake to use the same title for this film as a 1952 movie about Paul Tibbets and the Enola Gay atomic bomb mission. They are both WWII dramas about important situations in history that deserve their own individual recognition.