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Bombers B-52 (1957) [DVD] (1959)

Natalie Wood , Karl Malden , Gordon Douglas  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Natalie Wood, Karl Malden, Marsha Hunt, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
  • Directors: Gordon Douglas
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,054 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

U.S. Air Force pilot Jim Herlihy (Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.) is in love with Lois Brennan (Natalie Wood), much to the disapproval of her sergeant father (Karl Malden). There is romance and action in this flight film set against the backdrop of riveting aerial footage of jet plane maneuvers.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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Ephrim Zimbalist Jr and Karl Malden portray a wing commander Colonel and Master Sergeant crew chief respectively with the Colonel chasing the crew chiefs daughter as a love interest. This would never be tolerated, (fraternization), in the real Air Force, but it makes for conflict in the story line. Excellent footage of B-52's on the ground and in the air. Reasonably accurate portrayal of the stress and strain of life in the late 50's Air Force. I was a "SAC weeney" from 1963 until 1979 and it brought back a lot of memories.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bombers B-52; SAC The Way It Was September 3, 2000
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If you served in the Strategic Air Command as I did, you'll appreciate the movie footage of our Cold War Warriors in action and their tangled lives behind the scenes. A great retrospective about SAC and the way it was, versus the way it is now.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good flying scenes May 11, 2000
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worth buying for the flying scenes alone, soundtrack should be very good on home theatre.Still a popular movie in australia, a regular on free to air TV here.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SAC and B-52s September 17, 2009
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This is a hokey film that has little relationship with real SAC/B-52 operations in the late 1950s. However, it is certainly worthwhile as a means of viewing some flying shots of the (early) B-52 aircraft. Most of the "on-base" flight sequences were taken during the film-crew's visit to Castle AFB (at the time, near Atwater, California; the base was closed some years ago). As a young Lt. fresh out of USAF flying school, and assigned to the 328th Bomb Sqdn. at Castle, I was lucky enough to see some of the filming, and observe some of the 'stars' walking around the base. It was amusing to see Mr. Zimbalist walking around in his colonel's uniform, and being saluted by all lower ranks who passed him; I'm sure he got a chuckle out of it. Definitely worth a look!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A love letter to the B-52 September 7, 2009
A rather strange "Natalie Wood" movie. Although she recieves top billing, she has the smallest part of the three major stars.

The real star of this movie seems to be the B-52 (which I assume to be an "A" model"). The shots of it in flight and on the ground must have been awesome to see on a movie theatre screen.

There are plenty of goodies for any old airplane buff. Great shots of the B-47, and even some action with the old propeller driven KC-97's. Even a couple of close looks at an F-86.

Otherwise, the plot is somewhat hokey, and predictable. Without spoiling it too much, at the beginning of the movie we find the action in Korea- during the war. Efrem Zimbalist, who is a Captain, orders Karl Mauldin, a sergeant, to repair his F-86 so he can get to Tokyo. Mauldin objects because it is nighttime, and any lights would attract North Korean fire, and he assumes that Zimbalist wants the aircraft repaired so he can meet with one of his honeys. Anyway, Mauldin opens a panel on the side of the aircraft that is about the size of a microwave oven door and his crew then lights up the WHOLE AIRPLANE with enough light to illuminate Yankee stadium. Needless to say, this does attract the fire that everyone was worried about.

Had they not invented the flashlight at that time? Could they not have worked under a rain poncho or a coat?

Anyway, one of Mauldin's crew is killed in the attack and this creates major friction between him and Zimbalist, who, lo and behold, becomes the wing commander at Mauldin's base later when the B-52 is to be made operational. It gets to be even more fun when Zimbalist begins to date Natalie Wood, who is Maudlin's daughter.

Well, as my wife always says. Forget it- it's just a movie!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a 'Cold War' flick February 26, 2008
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This film was one of those 'feel good' movies about the U.S. Air Force during the 'Cold War' years of the 50's. The stars of the movie are very old now or deceased (Efrem Zimbalist Jr is still alive, I believe, and Karl Malden has recently passed away. Natalie Wood of course has passed on- so sad! Anyway, the story-line centers around the introduction of the B-52 (NOT the song group!) in the mid-50's as the primary strike weapon of SAC (Strategic Air Command). Many of the aerial scenes are well done, including some interior filming of the '52, but, considering the era, I really don't know how accurate their replications were for the film. The story is both a 'National Security' and a 'Personal Family Security' tale; an airman devoted to family and career. Of course, at movies end; 'All's well that ends well'. And that's the way I remember it back then. The B-52's used in that film have long since been gone, with up-dated versions still serving our country. Can you believe that some of these 'crates' are older than the guys who are flying them? Conclusion: A good 'era' film incorporating some 'old-fashioned' family values that seem to be missing today...
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised me! May 30, 2003
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I wasn't sure what to expect when I finally got around to watching this movie, I really liked it. It has great shots of
B-47's and B-52's in action, the story line was good (although not probable, a squadron CO would be canned immediately for what the movie character was doing), and I thought it portrayed the life of a military aviation mechanic fairly accurately (I was one in the Navy). If you enjoyed Jimmy Stewart's "Strategic Air Command" you'll enjoy this movie.
I gave it four stars because the story line is stretching it a bit but overall I enjoyed this display of Cold War Era SAC equipment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Well made movie
It was wonderful to see the early history of the B-52 bomber and Castle Air Force Base in Northern California. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D4
5.0 out of 5 stars What I expected
This was a gift and the recipient was thrilled with it. He has watched it already and will again soon I'm sure.
Published 2 months ago by bonstwrte
4.0 out of 5 stars A differnt time in our lives
It is an old movie, but it is about a time when I was active duty. In many ways it reflects a time where we felt endangered by another super power. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stephen Leazer
4.0 out of 5 stars the boeing aircrafts that still good today
I enjoy the movies about airplane. I collect them and build them(2 large showcases) of them.there is not very many airplanes movies today.
Published 4 months ago by Alvin e. Deckard
4.0 out of 5 stars See above statement.
This is a very good and interesting movie. I order it because the movie I wanted was The Gathering of Eagles with Rock Hudson, but according to what it said was not in the English... Read more
Published 4 months ago by duatam
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Warner Brothers 1950s film linking big screen with TV!
Again a movie I was brought up on, but this one is in a vivid color to bring the masses to the theater and away from the new invention the TV. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hawkeye
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprise Great Movie
Star filled movie about US Air Force crew chiefs working on B-52 bombers. Having been a weapons control mechanic on F-4 Phantoms during the Vietnam era and working on the flight... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joseph Noble
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic!
I am a big Natalie Wood fan and this one did not disappoint. It was a very likable military film with a realistic vibe which is hard to do then and now. Highly recommend it.
Published 7 months ago by Marcy Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great view of the aviation past
For those that like aviation history the movie shows a lot of airplanes from the 50s like B47 and the first B52 and the story is also entertaining.
Published 7 months ago by P. Fabricio
4.0 out of 5 stars A good look at early B-52 operations and equipment and flight line...
I enjoyed seeing those early B-52B aircraft, as I had worked on some of those very same planes when I was in SAC in the early 60s. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Larry Ryon
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