Above and Beyond


Above and Beyond

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Would you risk everything - your future, your citizenship, even your life - to help a brother in need? In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. As members of Machal - "volunteers from abroad" - this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and renewed Jewish pride. ABOVE AND BEYOND is their story. (C) The Orchard

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6)

  • "Above and Beyond" is a straightforward, rah-rah documentary that shines a light on a group of World War II pilots who were recruited to essentially create the Israeli air force during the Palestine War in 1948.

    Mar 12, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Though naggingly simplistic in its historical scope, the film offers a fascinating chronicle of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war through the eyes of a daring group of men.

    Feb 5, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The film veers toward oversimplified selectivity, too intent on its feel-good, back-patting agenda.

    Jan 31, 2015 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

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  • The film is best appreciated as a straightforward testimonial: old war buddies' hurrah against anti-Semitism.

    Jan 29, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Though somewhat marred by cheesy docudrama re-enactments, the film (produced by Steven Spielberg's sister Nancy) is nutty, dramatic, surprising and above all inspiring.

    Jan 28, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A fascinating little-known historical tale is stirringly recounted in Roberta Grossman's documentary about Jewish-American fighter pilots who volunteered to fight for Israel in its 1948 War of Independence.

    Jan 27, 2015 | Full Review…

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