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Air Force
Air Force
Actors: John Garfield, John Ridgely, Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy, Charles Drake
Director: Howard Hawks
Genres: Educational, Documentary, Military & War
NR     2007     2hr 4min

John Garfield, John Ridgely, and Gig Young star in this hard-hitting, realistic story that celebrates America's airborne heroes during WWII. Year: 1943 Director: Howard Hawks Starring: John Garfield, John Ridgely, Gig Young


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Actors: John Garfield, John Ridgely, Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy, Charles Drake
Director: Howard Hawks
Creators: James Wong Howe, Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner, Arthur T. Horman, Dudley Nichols, Leah Baird, William Faulkner
Genres: Educational, Documentary, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Educational, Military & War, Military & War
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/05/2007
Original Release Date: 03/20/1943
Theatrical Release Date: 03/20/1943
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 2hr 4min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese

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Movie Reviews

A Top War Film
James L. | 11/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The legendary Howard Hawks directed this WWII classic about the Mary Ann, a B-17 bomber lead by Captain John Ridgely and featuring crew members Gig Young, Harey Carey, Arthur Kennedy, Charles Drake, George Tobias, Ray Montgomery, and John Garfield. On a routine mission to Hawaii, the crew arrives just hours after the Pearl Harbor attack and find themselves thrust into war. Other stops include Wake Island and the Philippines. Of course, one of the purposes of this film was to rally the American spirit, and it features some of the anti-Japanese dialogue you'd have to expect. But the film succeeds beyond the propaganda value. The action sequences are well filmed and exciting, with terrific aerial action and some good ground sequences, too. The camraderie amongst the crew is credible. Each member has his own small "back story" as you would expect, but these fine character actors make it all very believable (Harry Carey is a particular standout). This film is a true WWII classic."
WW2 Classic!
Seen Them All | SoCal Desert | 03/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"On their way to Pearl Harbor, a flight of B-17 bombers arrive at the height of the Japanese attack at the start of WW2. After landing they are told to refuel and fly on to the Philippines where they are to fight the Japanese. Many problems ensue but the crew pulls together and takes the fight to the Japanese. This is truly one of the best WW2 movies with lots of action and a relatively unknown cast...stars Harry Carey, Sr, a young John Garfield, and the B-17 "Mary-Ann". The interplay between crew members and the Marines in the Philippines is worth the price of admission alone. A long lost classic finally being released....DO Not miss this one..!!!"
One of the best stories about action in World War Two
Seen Them All | 06/24/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"While some paid reviewers would classify this film as archetypal and "hard to stomach" because of the political correctness of today, it is an excellent film about the early days of World War II and the crew of the B-17 bomber, "Mary Ann." This film is on par with what some consider the best air war film ever made, "Twelve O'clock High.""
JAMES OLDHAM | 02/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was impressed the very first time I saw this film, and I enjoy watching it every year. A fine cast makes it believeable. The early hours of world war two. This film truly shows how unprepared we were, but also shows the dedication of our american servicemen."