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  • Format: Color, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Gaiam Americas, Inc
  • VHS Release Date: February 22, 2000
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004UG9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,635 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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John Wayne is a leering Air Force pilot.
JOHN GODFREY
Kind of a silly story but I did enjoy the very good aviation photography of the F-86 Sabre Jets.
PTC
Yes, I know it's entertainment, but that took away from it for me.
Anthony Prudori

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By RT on August 21, 2004
Format: DVD
As noted by others, the wonderful aerial scenes, including a sequence with actual flying footage of the Bell X-1, plus all the shots of Korean War-vintage aircraft, make this movie more than worthwhile for aviation buffs (especially knowing that Chuck Yeager participated in the flying). Most of this is original footage shot for 'Jet Pilot' -- with the cooperation of the USAF; no grainy stock shots, minimal fake process shots. If one can overcome the ludicrous story and dramatics, its jaw-dropping badness can become entertaining (consider the 'atomic-powered' fighter jets which can fly all over the northern hemisphere without refueling!).

Of interest to military buffs in this 1950 movie (having a delayed 1957 theatrical release) is the mix of brown and blue uniforms for Air Force personnel, the brown uniforms being a hold-over from AAF days. As an independent service the Air Force probably was less than three years old when 'Jet Pilot' was filmed.

For cinema/home theatre buffs, note that because 'Jet Pilot' was made in 1950, it was NOT filmed NOR framed for widescreen, so for its 1957 release it would have been illegitimately cropped at the top and bottom to achieve a widescreen effect during theatrical projection. The DVD letterbox bands simulate this effect, but the authentic video framing should be 1.33:1, which corresponds to the full 1.37:1 Academy frame used in production.

Paul Frees has an amazingly energetic bit part.

Five stars for aerial sequences, four stars for historical interest, zero stars for cinema/dramatics, three stars for entertainment value.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James Sky-Eagle Smith on June 25, 2000
Format: DVD
Jet Pilot is a good John Wayne film, co-starring Janet Leigh (Psycho) You can tell Wayne is comfortable in his role as Col. James Shannon. Leigh is as beautiful as ever as a Russian pilot, she and Wayne fall in love, but later on General Black reveals shes a spy. Sounds like a good movie... ...BUT, this DVD is jumpy, and has a pink circle pop up in the left corner about every 15 seconds. It doenst supprise me though, Goodtimes home video (who released this DVD) has never released a high quility movie. They are recorded in LP mode and have a high pitched squeal in them.
I give this movie 4/5 stars, but the DVD is a 3/5 If you want this movie I sugest you buy the VHS it is also Goodtimes video, but it doesnt bother you as much.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark Savary on October 16, 2000
Format: DVD
This is at times both a wonderful film, and then equally as bad as it is good. John Wayne plays his part to perfection, but this is still a fluke for the Duke (albeit an entertaining one).
First off, the direction is wonderful, as is the footage of old jets, the color, the cinematography, stunt piloting by none other than Chuck Yeager, and of course, John Wayne in his prime.
But there are also glaring errors and bizzare oversights that, if the film were one of the jets it depicts, would be given a direct hit with anti-aircraft fire.
It all starts when a Russian MIG jets in over an American airbase, and is forced down. The pilot turns out to be a woman (GASP!), defecting to the US. The Duke has to debrief her, so to speak. As she takes off her flight suit jets whoosh by to let us know that the Duke and all of the other airmen on the base are...well... for lack of a better term, ready for take-off.
The Pentagon thinks she's a spy, sent to swipe secret info. John Wayne is assigned to escort the pilot around the base and try to get the truth out of her.
The lady Commie is given free run of the airbase, to go where she wants and see what she wants. She even is allowed to pilot American fighters!
This is where the laughabillity comes in. Have you any idea just how much an enemy pilot can tell about a nation's strengths and weaknesses in air defense just by getting a quick LOOK at one of their jet aircraft! And here this suspected spy gets to sashay her way into FLYING one! SEVERAL times! Talk about a lapse in security! Even in Hollywood, it would lead to a firing squad for the brass that okayed it.
I might have been able to buy into it (or at least overlook it), if Janet Leigh could have managed a Russian accent.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By pmg1975 on May 20, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
John Wayne is a tough-talking air force colonel who ends up falling in love with Soviet defector Janet Leigh, who has some secrets of her own. The film is a nice mixture of action (with wonderful shots of the US Air Force in action performing various flight maneuvers), romance, and comedy. The dialogue is a little clunky at times, but still, it's a good, romantic adventure that has two of America's favorite screen legends: The Duke & Ms. Leigh.
In a side note about this film, in her autobio, "There Really Was A Hollywood", Ms. Leigh wrote that this film was made in 1950. However, eccentric millionaire producer Howard Hughes kept making changes to the film by tinkering with special effects and miniatures, even having the actors refilm scenes two years later. The picture didn't get released until 1957.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Yellow Airplane book reviews. This was not one of John Wayne's best movies but it had great shots of the F-86 Sabre Jets in action. There were also many shots of a unique T-33 along with rare shots of the B-29 loaded with the X-1 in its belley and a number of great shots of the X-1 in flight. The story was weak but had a good ending with John Wayne getting married. If you're into aviation history -- you'll love the flight scenes.
C. Jeff Dyrek
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