Wings Over the Pacific
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(Apr 26, 2005)
The drums of war are pounding in the distance, and American expatriate Jim Butler fears that the tiny South Pacific island he and his daughter Nona call home will soon be caught in the fray. The news of America's declaration of war against the Axis powers
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The dogfight scene lasts a whole two minutes and looks as if two kids had models on a string in slow motion... and in some close-up cockpit shots, the fighter plane on the rear screen projection is actually BIGGER than the plane in the foreground! There are some laughable fistfight scenes, also, to go along with the terrible dialog. There is a scene later in the movie with a Japanese transport plane the German radioed in that lands on the island as it MOWS over PALM TREES! Its wings actually cut them down for a landing strip! The ONLY saving grace of this film is the eye candy of Inez Cooper - so very sexy. The finale with the Japanese soldiers (from the transport), the allied inhabitants and the island natives which is reminiscent of a bad Cowboys and Indians film is a flat-out joke.
There are very few 'wings' in this film - the majority of this film is on LAND, all set on a Hollywood soundstaged island that even Gilligan would have been ashamed of with such poor rear screen backdrops and lighting - in fact, it's some of the worst film lighting I've ever seen. Sad to think that our troops in combat most likely viewed this film as it was released in 1943, during WWII - had to be embarrassing, I'm sure. It's a great laugh for a buck, though and again, the eye candy is not bad for its time.