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Above & Beyond [VHS]

4.4 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, James Whitmore, Larry Keating, Larry Gates
  • Directors: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
  • Writers: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama, Beirne Lay Jr.
  • Producers: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Warner)
  • VHS Release Date: June 22, 1994
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303091962
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Story of Col. Paul Tibbetts, the man who piloted the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in World War 2.

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Format: VHS Tape
Though I could have seen this movie as a 10 year old when it first came out, I didn't, and was even unaware of its existence. But by chance I caught it yesterday on a cable movie channel. I was stunned by its power. The final scenes of Hiroshima on fire were especially powerful. (Even though I knew the Enola Gay didn't actually hang around to observe, I accepted the artistic license, as the scene "felt" right.) Since I grew up in the 1950s, I wasn't troubled by the acting or by the movie being in black and white. And if you want to see scenes involving B-29s, there sure are lots of those here. This movie should be more widely known.
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I had seen this recently when TCM televised it. I liked the movie (even though I thought the acting was a little melodramatic), but I suspected they had taken many liberties with the facts - especially with Paul Tibbets' marriage.

Well, I bought Tibbets' autobiography (this one) and found that he had devoted an entire chapter to the movie. Tibbets had no real complaints about it.

Tibbets' book mentioned that Robert Taylor was a pilot at the time, and that he and Tibbets had become friends during the filming.

The movie is black and white, but it has good tonal range - especially for a 60 year old movie. It is a DVD-R, with no special features except for a trailer, no scene selection, and no subtitles.
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WITHOUT A DOUBT ONE OF THE GREATEST MOVIES EVER MADE. ROBERT TAYLOR IS GREAT AS COL PAUL W TIBBETTS, ELEANOR PARKER IS GREAT AS HIS WIFE LUCY BUT THE REAL SLEEPER IS JAMES WHITMORE AS MAJ BILL UWANNA, THE SECURITY OFFICER FOR OPERATION SILVERPLATE. MEANT EVEN MORE TO ME AS I WAS ABLE TO MEET GEN TIBBETTS 3 TIMES IN LATER YEARS.
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Before my dad passed away, he watched this movie every day. He said that it brought home the value of keeping a secret. It also shows just how lonely responsibility can be. It is from a time when Americans were good, and we were fighting for being right. If you like old war movies and how our military worked during the war, this is a great movie.
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Above and Beyond is the story of Col. Paul Tibbets. This courageous man flew the Enola Gay and dropped the first atomic bomb, destroying Hiroshima. It reveals the host of complex, practical problems that he was personally responsible to overcome, but is much more. It is also an intimate portrait of the impact of his work on his marriage and family. The secrecy of the project, his patriotic allegiance to his country, and his fervent desire to see the war come to as swift a conclusion as possible all combined to create a relentless attack on his relationship with his wife. This unintended picture of the difference between how men and women see marriage is the film's greater strength. The military aspect of the film is fascinating; the familial aspect is compelling. Robert Taylor was an incredibly underrated actor. Eleanor Parker was always good and always lovely. Only the technical limitations of the 1950s film production reduce the rating to 4 stars.
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This is the classic 1952 docudrama that everyone should see, for the true story about the development and absolutely necessary use of the atomic bomb, for one purpose: To end World War II as soon as possible and without the sacrifice of one million American lives that would have been the price of invading Japan and clearing out all resistance.

Many efforts had been made to negotiate a surrender. As noted by many who lived through those times: "The Japanese would just not stop." As said often by American servicemen: "It wasn't the Japanese people. It was their leaders." The Japanese population was being trained to defend the homeland with everything, even kitchen knives if needed, to the last man, woman, and child.

An armada of American ships and thousands of Marines, soldiers, and sailors were already on their way to Japan, and the men were ready to lay down their lives in the invasion, to end the war. When news came that the bomb had been dropped, they (and all Americans) broke out in celebration. All knew then that the war would be over. As people who worked on the atomic project said: "It was a race, just a race. The first nation to get that bomb would win the war."

The Japanese peace faction saw the bomb as a route to ending the war as well. Navy Minister Yonai called it "a gift from heaven." Japanese scientists had been working on an atomic bomb themselves, and they determined that the bomb at Hiroshima (an industrial war products city) was a uranium bomb requiring a long time to make. They gambled that it was the only one.
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Above and Beyond is a movie that documents the history behind the development of the 504th composite bomber wing that dropped the A-bombs on Japan. It is a docu-drama. Definitely a plus for history buffs. Not much there for chick flick fans. It was made close enough to the war to have some real interesting insights into the secrecy of the bomb project including the training of the crews in Silver Plate.
Leo Philbin
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