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Task Force

4.7 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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To trace the history of naval aviation and the development of the aircraft carrier, writer/director Delmer Daves expertly weaves drama with documentary. The resulting film superbly captures both the human story and the real, harrowing experience of war. Told in flashback, Task Force stars Gary Cooper in a wide-ranging performance taking him from brash young aviator to command of an aircraft carrier. Also on deck are Walter Brennan as a veteran navy sea dog and Jane Wyatt as Cooper's valiant, uncomplaining wife. The movie's other star attraction is actual World War II combat footage putting you in the middle of the chaos of a carrier deck strewn with flaming wrecks or the nail-biting tension of a ship's radar room. In all cases, the effect is gut-wrenching, the images unforgettable.

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  • Actors: Wayne Morris,Jane Wyatt,Julie London,Walter Brennan Gary Cooper
  • Directors: Delmer Daves
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002DNLT1Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,410 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Gary Cooper plays Admiral Jonathan L. Scott in this 1949 film directed by Delmer Daves, that proved to be one of the most popular films of the late 1940s. About to retire, Scott recalls how he and other Navy Men had argued the importance of aircraft carriers. During one such argument Scott insults a Japanese diplomat and is sent to a desk job in Panama. But a year later he is aboard a new carrier, the U.S.S. Saratoga and after Pearl Harbor he is the Operations Officer on the Yorktown at the Battle of Midway, and ends up commanding his own flattop. At the Battle of Okinawa, his ship is badly damaged by a kamikaze attack, but refuses to abandon his ship. Jane Wyatt plays Mary Morgan, the widow of one of Scott's flying buddies, while Walter Brennan is Pete Richard, Scott's friend and later his commander. The stars of "Task Force" are Cooper and the Technicolor combat footage of World War II included in the film, which gave it an authenticity beyond most war films. The first part of the film drags while we endure Cooper trying to be romantic with Wyatt and wait for the war to start. But the battle sequences are quite compelling. Too bad "Task Force" does not have a title that better reflects that this film is about the flattops in WWII.
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This is one of the better historical films made about the war in the Pacific. and the 'thirties and 'forties aviation navy.

I was in naval aviation near the time this was written about, and know the aircraft depicted. The depictions are accurate; one of the rare movies not to throw in the wrong airplane in a battle scene. Like many other similar films about that period (Midway, Pearl Harbor, Tora, Tora, Tora, etc.) using U.S. Navy film footage from the color documentary, filmed aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, The Fightin Lady, the footage shown was appropriate for the type of aircraft shown, including my favorite naval fighter of all time, the F6F "Hellcat" Grumman fighter which is credited with shooting down nearly eighty percent of all Japanese aircraft shot down in combat in the Pacific in whole war, closely followed by its little brother the F4F "Wildcat," which was declared obsolescent at the war's beginning--and outclassed by the A6M2 Mitsubishi "Zero."

Although many other airplanes are more famous. I will never forget the bellow of those Pratt & Whitney 2,800 cubic inch double row radials belching fire as they strained at their brakes and chocks at full throttle, waiting for the salute signalling take-off.

Or the sight of the SBD Douglas "Dauntless" dive-bombers dipping from sight below the bow and then struggling back up with their bomb loads as they left the deck.
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This is a well-made and highly entertaining story staring Gary Cooper as a Naval officer who devotes his career to the development of the aircraft carrier as the vanguard of future Naval superiority. This is an extremely entertaining film directed by Delmer Daves a meticulous craftsman who enhances his stories by bringing out the depth of his characters as is the case here. The film also featured Jane Wyatt, Walter Brennan, Julie London, Kenneth Tobey and Wayne Morris. The excellent photography was supplied by Robert Burks (Alfred Hitchcock's Cinematographer) and Wilfrid M. Cline. Franz Waxman (MISTER ROBERTS, STALAG 17, THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS and OBJECTIVE, BURMA!) composed the score. The recognition of this great film is long overdue.
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Gary Cooper stars in this movie that follows the rise of naval aviation from the biplane era to the jet age. Along for the ride are "old reliable" Walter Brennan, as Coop's friend and superior officer, and Jane Wyatt, who adds the feminine touch to an otherwise "guy flick". Actual footage of early carrier mishaps, and WWII combat make this a real action packed film. I had trouble with the transition from black and white to color late in the movie, but credit this to some sort of attempt to show the evolution of naval aviation in the step from piston to jet aircraft. Worth having.
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Task Force is only for Gary Cooper fans. It tells the story in semi-documentary style of the birth of naval aviation. Gary Cooper is the person who grows with the naval arm and its ups and downs. It has exciting war scences and the way it was edited it looks like Gary Cooper and the cast were really there at the battle of Midway and the battle for Okinawa. Half way through the movie it turns from black and white to color. I guess it is suppose to acknowledge a new age in naval aviation. Jane Wyatt who later would play Spock's mother in the Star Trek TV series and in the movies is just around for window dressing. Walter Brennan who plays Coop's superior officer is always a joy to watch.The movie is slow in the beginning, but as I said, it picks up with WWII begins. Only Coop's fans and WWII buffs will enjoy this movie.
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