Above and Beyond

Above and Beyond

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Director: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama

Cast: Melvin Frank, Norman Panama, Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker

     
 

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Above and Beyond is the story of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, as told from the perspective of the man who flew the mission. Robert Taylor stars as Col. Paul Tibbetts, commander of the Enola Gay. Once selected for this extremely dangerous mission, Tibbetts must hand-pick a crew worthy of the task. He is also forced to keep his mission a closely guardedSee more details below

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Above and Beyond is the story of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, as told from the perspective of the man who flew the mission. Robert Taylor stars as Col. Paul Tibbetts, commander of the Enola Gay. Once selected for this extremely dangerous mission, Tibbetts must hand-pick a crew worthy of the task. He is also forced to keep his mission a closely guarded secret, even unto withholding all information from his loving and patient wife Lucey (Eleanor Parker). The film concentrates on the strain placed upon Tibbetts, his crew and their families in the crucial days before the "big drop." The bombing itself is handled with taste and decorum, though the horror and mixed emotions of the moment are brilliantly conveyed on the faces of Tibbetts and his men. Above and Beyond represents a rare noncomedy endeavor from the writer-director team of Melvin Frank and Norman Panama.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Above and Beyond takes as its focus the men who were responsible for delivering the atomic bomb to Hiroshima, with a particular emphasis on Col. Paul Tibbets, the commander in charge of the mission. It's a good film, despite a variety of flaws, the major one being that it attempts to attack the story from two angles and manages to dilute the potential force of the piece thereby. Those two angles are the professional and the personal, or the details that went into the planning and execution of the mission and the effect that the mission -- and especially its top class secrecy -- has upon Tibbets' marriage. Above would have been a better film had it concentrated solely on either aspect; by trying to cover all bases, the professional sections come across as a bit too dry and technical and the personal as far too soapy and contrived. However, there are a number of points worth noting, including the fact that Above is unafraid to depict the difficult conditions that at the time confronted any married couple in which one of the spouses was in the armed services. And while some of the details concerning the lead-up to the bombing drag on a bit, the actual mission itself is tense and gripping. Robert Taylor turns in one of his stronger performances, and there's a palpable chemistry between Taylor and Eleanor Parker; James Whitmore provides valuable support. The direction is uneven, but when it hits, it hits solidly.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/2009
UPC:
0883316164600
Original Release:
1952
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
2:02:00
Sales rank:
24,015

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Taylor Col. Paul Tibbets
Eleanor Parker Lucy Tibbets
James Whitmore Maj. Uanna
Larry Keating Maj. Gen. Vernon C. Brent
Larry Gates Capt. Parsons
Marilyn Erskine Marge Bratton
Robert Burton Gen. Samuel E. Roberts
Hayden Rorke Dr. Ramsey
Jack Raine Dr. Fiske
Jonathan Cott Dutch Van Kirk
Jeff Richards Thomas Ferebee
Dick Simmons Bob Lewis
Patrick Conway Radio Operator
William Lester Driver
Barbara Ruick Mary Malone
Jim Backus Gen. Curtis E. LeMay
Dabbs Greer Haddock
Lee MacGregor Gen. Robert's Aide
Steve Dunne Major Harry Bratton
Lawrence Dobkin Dr. Van Dyke
John R. McKee Wyatt Duzenbury
Robert Forrest MP Officer
Harlan Warde Chaplain Downey
Robert Fuller Extra
John Baer Captain
John Close Co-pilot
Frank Gerstle Sgt. Wilson
Don Gibson Dexter
John Hedloe Lt. Malone
Dorothy Kennedy Nurse
Roger McGee Johnson
Sammy McKim Captain
Ewing Mitchell Gen. Wolfe
John M. Pickard Miller
Gregory Walcott Burns
Crane Whitley Gen. Corlane
Mack Williams Gen. Irvine
G. Pat Collins Maj. Gen. Creston
Richard Grayson Officer On Train

Technical Credits
Melvin Frank Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Norman Panama Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Malcolm Brown Art Director
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Ray June Cinematographer
Beirne Lay Original Story,Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Frank Panama Screenwriter
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Marvin Stuart Asst. Director
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Cotton Warburton Editor
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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