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When the commander of the crew of a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber is killed in action in a raid over Sicily in 1943, his replacement, a young, naive pilot, struggles to be accepted by the plane's already tight-knit Irish American crew.


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  • Actors: Bug Hall, Sean McGowan, Donnie Jeffcoat, Chris Owen
  • Directors: Mike Phillips
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MONARCH HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (592 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0082SIGR6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,085 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Bill in SoDak on December 9, 2012
Format: DVD
I too saw this movie at the store so I picked it since I collect WWII movies. I'll try to break this review down into several things.

The actors did an okay job. Remember that most air crews, especially replacements, in WWII were very young. If you were 25 years old you were considered an "old man". The crews in this movie are a lot younger than say those in Memphis Belle which gives it some credability. Remember our grandfathers were just young kids barely out of high school who fought WWII. There were not 40 year old Hollywood A list actors like in Saving Private Ryan.

A few people have ccomplained about the drinking in the film. Again, having served myself in the Army in the GWOT, I think the drinking is right on. Everyone deals with things in their own way. For many they turn to alcohol.

As far as no threat or fear, obviously the other reviewer has not done any history research about the air crews in WWII. The threat of death that ground troops faced 24/7 did not impact the air crews. While they did go into danger during bombing runs and suffer heavy casualties, they were able to retreat to safety between the missions. You don't sit there worrying about getting killed, you block it out. In other words you ddon't want to think about it so you do anything not to. Ground troops didn't have this option.

As far as CGI and things looking fake, what "looks" real? Even Redtails that had a budget in the millions used CGI. Even Memphis Belle used toy models for many of the damage sequences. If you pay attention to the story line you can easily overlook the few CGI errors. In fact most of it looked pretty good considering the low budget.

The argument that one reviewer tried to make that the sounds were wrong is pointless.
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82 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Dan Thompson on June 12, 2012
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I normally prefer to review the disc release and not the movie but, obviously, this disc is not yet available and the movie is enough of an unknown quantity (evidenced by this being the first review) that it seemed an exception was due this time.

I came across FORTRESS by accident. I had not seen any publicity for it and I follow movie releases fairly closely. It is apparently a low budget, independent production. It is pretty ambitious for such a film. To recreate the large bomber formations, fighter plane attacks and even the base camp it uses a lot of CGI.

So, I have seen FORTRESS and I very much enjoyed it. Sure, the visual effects are sometimes a bit crude, but most of the time they are pretty effective and certainly good enough to support the story. I'd say the visual effects are a bit better than those in the TV series DOGFIGHTS (which were pretty good) but not up to the standards of RED TAILS (a high bar, IMO). The movie was well written and I was impressed by the performances by the unknown (to me) cast. For a movie made on a tiny fraction of most big studio movie budgets it is quite an accomplishment.

Synopses of the story can be found on IMDb and if you haven't watched the trailer on YouTube, yet, do so. If you like WW II movies, especially about the air war in Europe, I think you will like FORTRESS.

I like this movie enough that I have pre-ordered the Blu-ray. Since Amazon does not mention whether or not it will have any extras, I emailed the production company and asked. They replied that it will have a timelapse of part of the plane being built and a short documentary.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By 340scamp on August 25, 2012
Format: DVD
I accept this movie for what it is, a film about the crew of the Lucky Lass, a B-17 bomber and it's crew. I am not a nitpicker for accuracy, I don't expect every movie to be Academy Award caliber, movies are for entertainment plain and simple, I was entertained. The CGI was very good, detail was good, and for being unknowns, I thought the actors did a pretty good job. What I liked most about the movie was the camaraderie displayed between the crew. It was 100% percent accurate. Having served in submarines for 20 years, I know what it means to be a crew. I went through the hazing, the drinking, the fear, practical jokes, sacrifice, just like in this movie. I was very pleased with the memories it brought back to me. I guarantee, the majority, if not all negative reviews are from people who never served in uniform, or ones who expect everything to be 100% perfect. This movie might not have been 100% perfect in every detail, but it was 100% perfectly entertaining. Good job.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Bart Bussell on August 31, 2012
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I thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie. Thank you to all independent filmmakers who dare to put themselves out there in an effort to entertain and at the same time educate. This film may not have had a million dollar budget. It may not have had top-paid actors but a week later I am still thinking about it. I laughed, I cried, yes..the type of crying where I needed Kleenex, I held tight to a pillow during the fight scenes. It tapped into all my emotions. This movie was worth watching. So worth watching that my husband and I have plans on buying one for each of our 5 children.

There are so many untold stories of the men and women who sacrificed much during WW11. We should never forget! Thank you for telling this one. I hope you have plans on making more.
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