Air Force [DVD] [1943]

  • SKU: 21578428
  • Release Date: 06/11/2013
  • Rating: NR
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

Synopsis


Air Force
On December 6, 1941, a squadron of nine B-17 bombers takes off for Hickam Field, HI. The crew of the Mary Ann, including two new men, assistant radio man Private Chester (Ray Montgomery) and gunner Sergeant Joe Winocki (John Garfield), assembles for the flight, and in the first 20 minutes, the movie reveals certain things about the crew: the shadowy past of one, the mother of another, and the wife of a third; two of them are good friends with the sister of McMartin (Arthur Kennedy), the bombardier, who lives in Honolulu; the son of the senior member of the crew, Sgt. White (Harry Carey Sr.), is a pilot stationed at Clark Field in the Philippines. Then more characters make entrances: the aircraft commander Quincannon (John Ridgely); Weinberg (George Tobias), a Jewish mechanic from New York; and a man from a farm in the upper Midwest -- they all represent a broad cross-section of America as it saw itself, and the "regular guys" in the Army Air Force as it existed in 1941. The flight proceeds without incident. Winocki, an embittered, washed-out flight school candidate who accidentally killed another pilot, is about to leave the service when the weather report from Hickam Field is interrupted, and the radio man begins picking up transmissions in Japanese. The Mary Ann and the rest of the squadron fly right into the middle of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor unarmed and out of gas, and nearly crack up landing on an emergency field; no sooner do they make repairs than the crew comes under attack, and the plane takes off and makes for Hickam Field, which they find a flaming shambles. They fly on to the Philippines, stopping at Wake Island just long enough to meet a few members of the doomed Marine garrison, taking their company mascot, a dog, with them. At Clark Field, the Mary Ann and her crew finally go into action against the enemy, flying in alone against a Japanese invasion force; Quincannon is mortally wounded in the brief action, which leaves the plane damaged seemingly beyond repair. The remaining crew won't give up the plane, however, even when ordered to abandon and destroy her; they get the bomber off just ahead of the advancing Japanese, and survive to help bring retribution to the invading fleet and the Japanese empire. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • John Ridgely
    John Ridgely - Capt. Michael A. Quincannon
  • Gig Young
    Gig Young - Lt. Xavier Bill Williams
  • Arthur Kennedy
    Arthur Kennedy - Lt. Tommy McMartin
  • Harry Carey
    Harry Carey - Sgt. R. L. White
  • Charles Drake
    Charles Drake - Lt. M. W. Hauser



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Air Force

    Posted
    KGSDLS3

    Great movie! It kept the suspense going all the way through! Wonderful view of WW II air craft. It told a great story of air crew relationships on B-17's. Good job of showing life during that incredible time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great DVD of an old movie, AIR FORCE

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    a1fm1k
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    Very good quality of a 70 year old movie that has been brought back. Great video DVD selection of old and new movies through Best Buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Interesting WW2-era Propaganda Film

    Posted
    EdZ1
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    Interesting WW2-era propaganda film. Good blending of real war footage with film. Enjoyable DVD extras reproduced movie experience for 1942 moviegoers.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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