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Wings Of A Warrior: Jimmy Doolittle Story

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The true life story of legionary flying pioneer, American hero and Congressional Medal of Honor winner, Jimmy Doolittle, is told with by Gardner Doolittle with Jimmy's approval. The film tracks the life of this American hero from childhood through his record breaking 1922 coast-to-coast flight, his earning of a Doctorate at MIT, his development of instrument-only flying, his military roles in the Invasion of Normandy, throughout WWII and his incredible role in the raid on Tokyo and more.

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Gardner Doolittle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Gardner Doolittle Films
  • DVD Release Date: December 3, 2013
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DJ63DUQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,760 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The DVD title implies a more complete historical biography of one of the true American heroes of the 20th, or any other century. I'm sorry to say that it simply falls short. While no biography on such a complex person as Jimmy Doolittle can ever be "complete", there are too many unspoken words and way too many flaws and errors in the telling that could have been easily corrected. Don't take this wrong, the author/producer/director/narrator/etc. of the DVD did what he felt was the best, and the video will open doors on Jimmy Doolittle for future researchers to get started, but I'm concerned that the future researcher, looking for something short and simple to use will consider this the "ultimate" reporting of the facts on the man.
The creator of the piece is a third cousin to General Doolittle and even had him proofread and correct the initial outline this all originated from. However, that was more than twenty years ago, Jimmy Doolittle having passed away in 1993. It seems from original, corrected outline, there were some major mistakes in reporting made. It does not appear that the author had any of the close Doolittle family members nor any of the surviving Doolittle Raiders who could have made necessary corrections and additions to the script. Neither was THE recognized historian on the subject of Jimmy Doolittle; Carroll Glines, involved. None of these listed sources would have EVER signed off on what is presented. I seem to feel that after such a long amount of time, the author may have "just wanted to get it done"! Or taking the monetary track, manufacture the DVDs and get them on the market before all interest in WWII and the vetrans of it are literaly dead! The only Doolittle names in the credits are those of the author, and two research/helpers/etc.
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Wings of a Warrior brings you closer to the full story than any other accounting before. Told with great personal pride by Gardner Doolittle, he spent incredible time with Jimmy Doolittle reconstructing his life story and now goes well beyond the typical tales that center around the Tokyo raid alone. His access to the Medal of Honor winner brings forth numerous stories that have never been heard before, along with rare photos from private archives. For anyone interested in Doolittle's story, this film really tells it with an enthusiasm not seen before.
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Gardner Doolittle (who is a third cousin relation to Jimmy Doolittle) has a voice which is somewhere between gravelly and one that growls — usually not the best choice for a narrator — especially with predictable spoken euphemisms. The archival footage used in the production fits into the story well but a very small portion of this footage does not jive with the narration. These small errors have no effect regarding the accuracy of the story given and do serve to set the emotive forces at work back in the day so many decades ago.

The above small critiques if mistakenly focused upon, albeit factual, will have the viewer miss the point and substance of this DVD entirely. Gardner Doolittle met Jimmy Doolittle late in his life, by fortunate accident, and tells the story of this famous man in this production he both narrated and directed (along with the help of others in the family). There are times in the narration where his voice quavers a bit and the eyes take a few seconds to look upward like when a man is regaining his bearings during particularly powerful portions of this wonderfully told story. Photographs, excellent ones, are also used with a muted Ken Burns effect. This is not a documentary, this is a story told with passion (though a bit hidden but typical of his generation) and accuracy — the facts and stories are all correct — wanting to show the entire man, in Gardner’s words. Gardner Doolittle of course addresses the famous raid on Tokyo led by Jimmy Doolittle but addresses so much more so that we see the full measure of who can be argued to be this country’s greatest aviator.

Gardner’s motivation, in fact, was to have the world know that Jimmy Doolittle was so much more than the man who led that incredibly important and effective raid as well as daring air racer.
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An excellent documentary on the life of one of the U.S. Air Force Founding Fathers.
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