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Shot on 16mm Kodachrome, You wont see ultrafine images or glorious sound. The color and contrast are sometimes harsh. But this was War, and filmmaking in a combat zone isn't easy, under harsh conditions Wyler's film survived to become the true classic it is today.
Wyler and John Sturges.
Starring James Stewart, Lloyd Bridges and Robert Lowery.
A technicolor documentary concerning a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter
bomber squadron operating out of Corsica during the Italian Campaign in
1944 covering the period from January, 1944 up to and past the taking
of Rome by American forces. The film details the squadron's bombing of
bridges and roads behind the German lines thus crippling the ability of
the Wehrmacht to reinforce the troops at the front eventually
contributing to its eventual retreat into northern Italy. The film
also documents the life of the pilots between missions at their base
and in Corsica proper. They drink. They swim. They smoke. They play
with their cute puppies. There are some comments concerning Fascist
Italy that shows that, while time has turned them into a punchline in a
historical joke, they were not that funny to the men who had to fight
The documentary is introduced by Stewart. Bridges does the voices
of the pilots and Lowery does the main narration.
Extremely good and no nonsense, it covers a front of WW 2 that is
rarely touched upon and contains much remarkable footage.
The commanding general, General Carl Spotz, does the narration and does an excellent job in explaining what is not only obvious but the thoughts that most of the pilots had at the time of a particular portion of the mission you are viewing. His narration does not convey the stress and boredom that waiting for actual combat entails. Though alluded to in earlier deployments in passing and the emphasis that what we are seeing is considered a resort to the pilots after the North African Campaign.
The film though obviously edited for the American public and does explaining and show how what a pilot sees from the air is the countryside and not the ramifications of the war on the people involved on the ground. This short documentary for the low price is well worth getting though it would have been even better if released in wide screen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent documentary on the P-47 Thunderbolt. Shows missions flown in Italy, from Corsica.Published 7 hours ago by James P. Pratt
I would not want to be on the receiving end of a Thunderbolt strafing!Published 6 days ago by Michael K.
If you're into WWII aircraft, this is a good one! I truly enjoyed it!Published 17 days ago by Thomas T. Burnett
More documentary than move, but good story and picture of both the Thunderbolt and the battles in S Italy.Published 24 days ago by Craig Whitacre