The War Lover

The War Lover

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A brave but reckless air force pilot during World War II alienates everyone except his co-pilot, but he then destroys even this relationship by pursuing his friend's girlfriend.
Edition: Widescreen and full screen versions.
Copyright Date: ©1962.
ISBN: 9781404905634
Branch Call Number: DVD War
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (105 min.) :,sound, black and white ;,12 cm.
digital, video, stereo, rda
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Feb 04, 2018

I can think of two reasons you might want to see this 1962 "Twelve O'clock High" wannabe:

1. A chance to see young big-screen newcomer, Steve McQueen. Well...not THAT young. Not THAT new, either. This is his 10th feature film; but his first starring role (with few exceptions, he was one of a number of ensemble players in early movies such as Hell is For Heroes, and Magnificent Seven.)

2. Some interesting shot-for-the-movie footage of the B-17 "Flying Fortress" bombers that crossed the channel to Bomb Germany. The movie features three, and they likely all were air-worthy, not just used to taxi down runways. So, some nice aerial work by the film crew.

I'd like to say, see The War Lover for the themes, plot and script and performances. But I can't.

There ARE no themes, here, although the plot involves a potentially psychotic pilot (McQueen), risking crews and planes, but we don't know why he's "over the top." Is war cause or effect? No clues.

Script hammers home "he's dangerous!" with a hammer. NO subtleness, but lots of silliness, with an Airforce "surgeon" warning senior officers the wacko is "an example of the fine line that separates the hero from the psychopath." Lines like that, mouthed by a physician, not a shrink, separate this movie from others you'll remember. Pop-eyed McQueen is still learning--but not from this director, I hunch. A few years later (Papillon; Sand Pebbles and--wow!--The Getaway) he's much more seasoned...and much, much better.

Jul 17, 2013

This is a 1962 British black-and-white war film directed by Philip Leacock and written by Howard Koch and loosely based on the 1959 novel "The War Lover" by John Hersey.
Captain Buzz Rickson played by Steve McQueen is the bravest pilot in his squadron.
While Buzz's daredevil heroics win the grudging respect of his crew, his rebellious attitude alienates everyone except his co-pilot Ed Bolland played by Robert Wagner.
Ultimately, Buzz destroys even this relationship by pursuing Ed's girlfriend Daphne (Shirley Anne Field).
If you're a war drama buff, you'll love the spectacular aerial fighting footage
such as the attacking Messerschmitt Bf 109G armed with 20 mm cannons.
The film also makes use of the crash landing footage from the 1949 film "Twelve O'Clock High."
This is one of the most thrilling and breath-taking war films, but personally I don't like any kind of war.

aaa5756 Nov 02, 2012

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

voisjoe1 Sep 24, 2011

Steve McQueen as a hardened, megalomaniacal warrior bomber pilot.

Depicts how WWII bombers defended themselves against enemy fighter planes.

Robert Wagner as a less demented co-pilot.

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