The War Lover (1962)

The War Lover (1962)





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Buzz Rickson (Steve McQueen) is the gung-ho Air Force ace who thrives on being in the middle of any kind of battle. He is universally disliked, but respected by the pilots he commands due to his fierce fighting an leadership. His outward aggression hides his psychopathic inability to attain intimacy with woman. He and fellow pilot Ed Boland (Robert Wagner) both fall for a beautiful British woman named Daphne (Shirley Ann Field). The unit conducts routine bombing raids over Nazi Germany with B 17 fighter planes. Tension mounts after a mission when Buzz orders the crew to bail out and he attempts to bring the plane home on a wing and a prayer. The battle action is visually superb and expertly directed in this wartime drama.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Classics , Drama
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Steve McQueen
as Capt. Buzz Rickson
Robert Wagner
as 1st Lt. Ed Bolland
Shirley Ann Field
as Daphne Caldwell
Gary Cockrell
as 2nd Lt. Marty Lynch
Michael Crawford
as Junior Sailen
Billy Edwards
as Brindt
Robert Easton
as Handown
Al Waxman
as Prien
Tom Busby
as Farr
George Sperdakos
as Bragliani
Bob Kanter
as Haverstraw
Ed Bishop
as Vogt
Richard Leech
as Murika
Bernard Braden
as Randall
Sean Kelly
as Woodman
as Singer
Justine Lord
as Street Girl
Louise Dunn
as Hazel
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Critic Reviews for The War Lover

All Critics (3)

Rarely seen McQueen actioner is pretty good.

August 14, 2007

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July 9, 2005

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September 3, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for The War Lover


A reckless pilot with a love for thrills risks all when his rebellious attitude gets in the way. Given the cast, this should have been so much better. Stock footage, stiff performances and a weak story sinks this one quickly.

Tim Henry
Tim Henry

I watched this when I was a kid, and all I remembered was the climatic scene. Seeing it again, I found it to be a pretty solid story. McQueen and Robert Wagner play off each other well. A throughly enjoyable WWII movie!

Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson

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
jay nixon

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