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Bombardier

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After Pearl Harbor, America prepared to fight for its life. In mere weeks, millions of civilians from farmers to bellhops were turned into battle-ready gunners, commandos, Seabees, pilots and bombardiers.
A cast of man's men, including Pat O'Brien, Randolph Scott and Robert Ryan, headline this prime example of World War II filmmaking that works on many levels: as a flag waver, an action picture and most memorably, a taut procedural (featuring actual training camp filming) that follows would-be bombardiers through the perils, camaraderie and conflict of training. Equipment fails, controls jam, men plunge to their deaths...and the bombardiers soar on to face explosive, soul-testing action in the Pacific.

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  • Actors: Pat O'Brien, Randolph Scott, Anne Shirley, Eddie Albert
  • Directors: Richard Wallace
  • Producers: 55
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: RKO
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00508W3OI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,124 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ray on May 15, 2002
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This underrated war film was made in 1943, in the middle of World War II, and thus it has a wartime hyperpatriotism lacking in many of the WWII films made in the 1950's. It follows a group of bombardier hopefuls through training and their first big mission in a B-17 squadron. The film was intended as propaganda- and is not exactly subtle in its portrayal of the Japanese villains. The film attempts to justify to the viewer ( by means of an entertaining story) the US Army Air Corps' strategy of high-altitude precision bombing ( as opposed to the more traditional "dive" bombing technique used by the enemy). This is done by creating a colorful cast of characters, each of whom have their own adventures, some fun, others harrowing.The two leads are Pat O'Brien ( the base commander who champions the new style of bombing) and his friend played Randolph Scott (a pilot who likes the old way but eventually accepts the new method). This film would probably appeal to WWII aviation buffs the most- as it shows the changing relationship between pilot and bombardier during this important air war.The training montages are fun, the tone is light and often funny-and there are stirring patriotic speeches and a good dramatic death scene at the ending. Plus a Bombardier theme song that the cast sings along to! I think this film was possibly intended as a recruitment film for the Army Air Corps, but i'm not sure. In any event, it is extremely enjoyable to watch. If you like old patriotic war movies, then you could do a lot worse- This is definitely my favorite WWII movie.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patrick T on December 13, 2011
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This movie "Bombardier" was a very good movie. It goes through the training of the first bombardier showing the hardships and the tough training. The mishaps, the security and even some love. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes old movies and war time movies. I was sure glad it came out on DVD.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Stuart Revell on January 15, 2012
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DVD was as described and in good condition. It was an interesting and entertaining movie and fitted well into the wartime genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lou on March 1, 2014
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If a person really loves old aircraft thy can consider watching this, note exterior only. High alitude bomb runs very much in the Air corps minds at that time, of course your not going to see the nortan bomp site.very hush , hush for that era. I really dont think B-17s are going to make long bomb runs to Japan. But someone made a story of it and it was not that bad, but Hollywood.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Winford A. Cruse on March 24, 2014
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Although this is one of the so called "propaganda" movies of WWII, I did enjoy it as a view of the WWII type "culture" regarding the war effort, etc., for the American public. From what I have learned about this era, I believe that movies such as one helped to increase American morale at a very dark time in history, helping Americans to know they were doing what was right in fighting the terrible forces against them at the time. I did enjoy this movie, although it is not up to the special effects of today; for the time period, I thought it was very well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Andrews on January 1, 2015
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The film depicts a fictionalized account of the first WW2 bombardier school. The first part involves training and mishaps with B-18s and AT-11s. The last half hour is a very fictionalized account of a B-17E attack on Nagoya from a secret base, probably not to reveal any secrets of the Doolittle raid.

The demonstration match at the beginning of the movie with a Navy Vindicator dive bombing an anchored wood target and missing, followed by an early B-17 dropping one bomb directly on target, is an unrealistic comparison as the parameters involved should have led to equal accuracy, or opposite results, depending on the wind over target variable.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Walt Wagner on March 16, 2013
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The remastered version of Bombardier was excellant. I would reccomend it greatly to any movie fan. The quickness of receiving it from the time of order to accuatly receiving it. The condition of the DVD and the wrapper were outstanding. I will be ordering more movies from Amazon in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. McCaffrey on July 10, 2014
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I had seen this movie a long time ago and it stuck in my mind. The acting is tepid, the story plot is tepid, but the insight into the thinking of the time during WWII is, to me, very interesting and of value. Taking oneself out of the present day and inserting yourself into the mindset of our parents facing enemies devouring both Europe and Asia, and at war with the democracies, was a very scary proposition. This movie (warning: by present day standards is VERY "corny") provides yet another glimpse into that era for those interested. Like "Top Gun," it was also a recruiting tool for those interested in becoming a prized member of military flight crews at the time: the bombardier. Lastly, movies during that milieu featured stars singing/dancing. You might cringe when you hear "our heroes" singing the "Bombardier" song but, as (again) "corny" as would strike modern day observers, the darn thing stuck with me over the years (again: recruiting tool from days gone by). Bombardier is a welcomed addition to my WWII video library. Bombs away .....
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