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The Woman Behind the Pilot
- Joella Lyndon
If nothing else, Above and Beyond accurately depicts the life of a military family. I've watched this movie 3 times. Each time I've watched my emotions rival disgust and gratitude. I'm disgusted by war's continuous toll on innocent civilians, rather than its perpetrators, but at the same time grateful for its raw depiction of military life. This movie manages both these and for that I must call it a success. Important to remember > this film was created during nuclear testing on our U.S. Troups (approx. 1951-1958). Government conspiracies and lies abounded so the fact that Above and Beyond was allowed to tell even a small percentage of truth, albeit enveloped in the flag and schmaltz, was a feat in itself!Eleanor Parker stole the show in my opinion. She was both breathtaking and sympathetic at the same time. Lucy Tibbets should have been honored to have this consummate actress play her so beautifully. The scenes of Mrs. Tibbets dealing with her 'new home' on base in Los Alamos were so accurate it took me back to my own experiences during my husband's 20 years in the Army. She was isolated, forced to make a home out of a dirt shack as well as raising 2 small children as if she were a single parent. No 'Officer and A Gentleman' life, believe me, and this film reveals the reality of an Officers' wife whose husband has a top level security clearance > even from her. Living a thankless, grueling existance with no communication from anyone, and rarely seeing the man who she's suffering for. When he's home he's distracted and distant and spends maybe 5 minutes a day with with the children. So yes I recommend this film for its rawness, a 1953 version of rawness, and Miss Parker's role. Robert Taylor was so-so, but believable in the cockpit.
I just watched "Above and Beyond " for the first time and wondered why this film gem is not more widely known and shown. It tells the story of Lt. Col. Paul W. Tibbets, Jr, (Robert Taylor) who flew the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945. His mission was top secret, which took a toll on his wife, Lucey, (Eleanor Parker) for the two years of work needed to perfect the B29 plane and hone the vast secretive military mission that was planned in the hope of ending WWII. Robert Taylor, who in fact served in the Naval Air Corps and worked as a flight instructor in WWII, gives an Oscar worthy performance in my opinion. Eleanor Parker is superb as his suffering wife because she is virtually shut out of her husband's life for two years due to the air-tight security required for the project's success. The footage of the bombing at the end is emotionally powerful. I highly recommend this film!
Above and Beyond
- Solomon Kimuyu
I was not born yet. I have read about war story 1945 my father was in Burma helping the Britons. The move tell the story interwoven with a family affairs.I will buy and keep my own copySolomon KimuyuDallas, Texas
The Human Side of It.
The emotional turmoil a couple experiences under the weight of secret duty and the responsibility of saving the world. The need behind the truth of 'lose lips sink ships' and the devastation a small leak or seemingly insignificant act can bring about.
- Gayle Corley
I saw Above and Beyond today 2/4/10. I have seen movies about the atomic bomb before, but this is an astounding account of the events, from day one of Col Tibbets' first involvement in the planning of the bombing of Hiroshima. This isn't just for men interested in war history. I am a 67-yr old woman, and was spell-bound in the deep details of this operation, including all the sacrifices of each man (not being able to tell their families what they were involved in), while they planned and kept everything top secret. TCM will notify you, if you click on their "remind me" link" when you have seached a movie. This one is set for April 21. You WILL enjoy.........
Small gem of a movie, I've never seen before
I was late getting to work tonight, so I could see the end of this movie. It packs it own punch on the Manhattan Project and how it changed the world.My mother-in-law was an Air Force wife. I felt for Eleanor Parker and her situation. Good movie and it got me to look up Col. Paul Tibbets and his life....it's not Fail Safe....but a pretty darn good movie. Glad I took the time to watch.......
Above and Beyond
I always enjoy this movie .The acting of Robert Taylor is good as can be for this part ! Important story for all to know .
Great movie! guess whre it was filmed?
- Ray Abbott
This movie is so important in the fact that it tells a very accurate story of how we got Japan to finally surrender. The most interesting thing about this movie is that it was filmed outside of Tucson, Arizona. Wendover is actually Picacho, Arizona. Having seen this movie several times, my wife finally pointed out Picacho Peak to me. I was stunned.Great movie. Hope it gets out on DVD.
out standing sorry I missed the showing
- Mc Crory
great movie -- this story should be told--lets get it available on dvd so more people be sides us that are old enough to remember
Agree with one reviewer that telling the story from the wife's point of view was the wrong angle. I suppose the film makers needed to appeal to the broadest and this was the way. Never the less, it is one of my favourite war movies and highly recommended. The effects and scenes when they drop the bomb is extremely dramatic and compelling. Don't miss it!
Told from BOTH angles
- Lynne Berus
This movie is fantastic. It covers the emotions of BOTH men and women. They were both equally living the war, whether they were enlisted in the armed forces or not. Being married to a soldier, sacrifices were made. I loved the movie, can't wait to add it to my collection.
Told from the wrong angle
Disappointing film, yet it contains what may be Robert Taylor's finest performance as Col. Paul Tibbets, who piloted the Enola Gay to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Story suffers because it is told from perspective of the wife (Eleanor Parker). Still there is tension, and military machinations to keep mission secret accurately portrayed. Ethical questions raised by spectre of using atomic bomb also well-handled.