- Acting of Lead Performers
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- Would You Recommend?
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I found the screenplay very disjointed and, despite Steve McQueen, the film isn't that good. Hersey's book barely resembles this film. There have been men who loved war since time began. This wasn't news. Patton even said "God help me. I love it so!"
McQueen's Best Film?
McQueen's role in the Blob, a low production film staring pie filling, his first staring role, was better than his performance in this film. Hersey, the writer, is more of a syrupy journalist with political views than a true sreen writer. This film begins a series of films that denigrate war, by denigrating individuals who in real life, would never pass tests that screen out unbalanced men, especially pilots who carry many times the weapons of death, and operate by themselves, or with relatively few other men. Hersey's treatmen of the Hiroshima bombing is an example of his poltcal thought. He always seem to concentrate on the actions of the US and its allies as astrocities, while ignoring the countries that started the war, including the Stalin, whose pact with Hitler, gave him a free hand to invade Western Europe. As for the critic who claims this was McQueen's best role, I think he was lucky this didn't end a career that became a legend.
Mcqueen shines in Hersey's War Lover
- Buzz Rickson
Steve McQueen's character, Buzz Rickson is the name of a Japanese retro clothing company. Although the rest of this little British gem could have been better. This is McQueen's best performance.