Strategic Air Command 1955 NR CC

Amazon Instant Video

(137) IMDb 6.3/10
Available in HD
Watch trailer

Aviation and sports come together as a baseball player is recalled to Air Force duty.

Starring:
James Stewart, June Allyson
Runtime:
1 hour 54 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices.

Strategic Air Command

By placing your order, you agree to our Terms of Use. Sold by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Additional taxes may apply.

Product Details

Genres Military & War, Action, Drama
Director Anthony Mann
Starring James Stewart, June Allyson
Supporting actors Frank Lovejoy, Barry Sullivan, Alex Nicol, Bruce Bennett, Jay C. Flippen, James Millican, James Bell, Rosemary DeCamp, Richard Shannon, John McKee, Harry Morgan, Mary Ellen Batten, Helen Brown, Glen Denning, Bess Flowers, Don Haggerty, Don C. Harvey, Len Hendry
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

For many of us, the cold war now seems impossibly far away.
Lonnie E. Holder
Really enjoyed the flying parts of the B-36, and the B-47. really good movie for its time.
Jay Sullivan
I can only hope this movie will be reissued on DVD so I can get a copy.
organpiper

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 21, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
For many of us, the cold war now seems impossibly far away. However, for those of us whose fathers were in the military during the peak of the cold war, the concern was always that we could be attacked at any moment by the Soviet Union.

Our first line of defense, before our missiles became more accurate, was huge bombers. When these aircraft flew, their power and size seemed awe-inspiring. Looking back at this movie, the B-36 now seems ungainly and incredibly complex. The B-47 seems less ungainly, but technology has clearly superceded both these aircraft.

This movie comes across as a recruiting film for the Air Force, and to a certain extent a patriotic film justifying our strategic air forces. The plot is relatively simple, and trying to spice it up with a sub-story regarding Jimmy Stewart's career as a baseball player and his relationship with his wife becomes a distraction. The focus of this movie is flying big bombers.

What gloriously complex aircraft these were. The scenes showing the takeoff of the B-36 are incredible. For airplane enthusiasts, the portion of the film focusing on the reading of the checklist is unusual (because for most people it would seem boring) and unique. Watching how the plane is powered up is nearly worth the exercise of watching the film.

Later we get to watch as the B-47 is transitioned into the active military. We watch as the B-47 is flown in poor weather conditions, and watch fatigue and boredom set in as crews flew incredibly lengthy missions.

Some of the most interesting and now somewhat anachronistic parts of the movie are those portions dealing with the functioning of Strategic Air Command (SAC) bases.
Read more ›
9 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This is a movie that really "waves the flag"; and rightly so. I was a member of SAC, worked and flew in the B-36. The photography is second to none. Turn up your sound system and "live" being in or around a B-36 during a take-off. There is no sound like "6-a-churning and 4-a-burning". The scenes inside the B-36 are great and gives me a chance to relive my times "bouncing" around inside a B-36.
Harry Morgan had one line that will live in an Airman's heart. "One on the ramp and one in the hanger". How many of us lived this condition? I had three children (AF brats).
Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson played roles that can bring back true memories of SAC and Gen. Curtis LeMay. It took this type of person to take the rituals necessary for the day.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Tim Barber on April 5, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Although the interactions between Stewart and Allyson can get pretty sappy, the aerial footage is well worth the investment. And surprisingly enough, the ending is not as happy as one would expect -- a rather bitter-sweet commentary on the sacrifices that these folks made during the Cold War.
The movie appears to portray life on a SAC base in the mid-fifties pretty accurately. I got a kick out of the SAC Commander, a not-so-subtle caricature of real-life SAC visionary General Curtis LeMay, the guy who inspired the George C. Scott character in "Dr. Strangelove".
Before the B-52 became a legend, there was the B-47 and B-36. This flick spotlights both of those aircraft, presenting the interesting contrast between the two: the B-47 was a small, fast, three-person plane, while the B-36 was just so dang HUGE! At one point, Stewart traverses a tunnel to get from the front to the rear of the bomber -- take a good look at how long that thing is!
As a bonus, we get to see a rather young-looking Harry Morgan in a military role that foreshadows his "M*A*S*H" days. Who woulda thunk it?
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert States on August 19, 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
Almost fifty years after this movie's release date (1955), I am still haunted by the magnificent aerial photography. This movie must be seen for that reason alone! As a time-capsule, the movie also deals with a period when the Air Force was moving to jet bombers and gearing up to fight the cold war.
It is now history. We "won" the cold war, most actors in this film are no longer with us and the largest aircraft ever in active service with the Air Force---the B-36, exists only on film.
Forget the story line, forget the Air Force propaganda pitch from the fifties and just relax and enjoy a spectacular scenic view of what others did to help "protect and defend" during a earlier era.
Today, those who continue to protect us by flying stealth technology bombers stand on the shoulders of those who flew the B-36's and B-47's depicted in this movie.
We are all indebted...enjoy the movie!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This film, which stars James Stewart and June Allyson, is an excellent retrospective piece for the 1950s. It reminds me of the days when my father was in SAC and I was an Air Force brat. I recall the B-36, a fascinating airplane, and the B-47, a less exciting but no less interesting machine. The flying scenes, particularly of the B-36 piercing pink-hued clouds at 40,000 feet, are absolutely stunning.
The depiction of life on a 50s Air Force base is, from personal experience, also quite realistic. That AP hut, at the entrance to the base when Dutch Holland (Stewart) reports, is the real thing, and the on-base quarters are vintage 50s as well. The acting is, well, secondary to the thrust of the picture.
Don't miss this time-warp piece--great for airplane buffs and 50s freaks. Though the film is more or less a PR piece for the Air Force, the depictions are realistic and genuine. If you want to reminisce about that era, this is the movie to watch.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search