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Above and Beyond (1952)





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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.

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Robert Taylor
as Col. Paul Tibbets
Eleanor Parker
as Lucy Tibbets
James Whitmore
as Maj. Uanna
Marilyn Erskine
as Marge Bratton
Larry Keating
as Maj. Gen. Vernon C. Brent
Larry Gates
as Capt. Parsons
Stephen Dunne
as Maj. Harry Bratton
Robert Burton
as Gen. Samuel E. Roberts
Hayden Rorke
as Dr. Ramsey
Lawrence Dobkin
as Dr. Van Dyke
Jack Raine
as Dr. Fiske
Jonathan Cott
as Dutch Van Krik
Jeff Richards
as Thomas Ferebee
Richard Simmons
as Bob Lewis
Dick Simmons
as Bob Lewis
John McKee
as Wyatt Duzenbury
Patrick Conway
as Radio Operator
Pat Conway
as Radio Operator
Christie Olsen
as Paul Tibbets Jr.
Barbara Ruick
as Mary Malone
Jim Backus
as Gen. Curtis E. LeMay
G. Pat Collins
as Maj. Gen. Creston
Harlan Warde
as Chaplain Downey
Crane Whitley
as Gen. Corlone
Don Gibson
as Dexter
John Baer
as Captain
John R. McKee
as Wyatt Duzenbury
John Close
as Co-pilot
Lee MacGregor
as Gen. Robert's Aide
Ewing Mitchell
as Gen. Wolfe
Mack Williams
as Gen. Irvine
Sammy McKim
as Captain
Robert Forrest
as MP Officer
Dabbs Greer
as Haddock
John Hedloe
as Lt. Malone
Frank Gerstle
as Sgt. Wilson
Roger McGee
as Johnson
Richard Grayson
as Officer On Train
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Critic Reviews for Above and Beyond

All Critics (3)

The story is told with an admirable blend of excitement and decent sobriety.

December 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Spirited flag-waver about doing a controversial mission beyond one's duty.

September 5, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Though the story of Col. Paul Thibbetts (Robert Taylor), the pilot who dropped the bomb on Hirsohima, is interesting, the movie is compromised by having too many domestic scenes with his wife (Eleanor Parker).

January 31, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Above and Beyond


Robert Taylor is (was) so pretty, I'll watch anything he's in. Luckily he made some decent movies over the years -- Waterloo Bridge, Rogue Cop, Camille, Johnny Eager. Above and Beyond is one of the better ones. It's the true story (I'm sure Hollywood-ized as much as they could get away with) of Col. Paul Tibbets, the pilot who flew the Enola Gay to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. This film basically gave Americans an idea of what actually was going on before and during the decision to bomb Japan. Not a war movie, but a movie about war, and in particular the "war at home." Eleamor Parker plays Tibbets' wife Lucy, who goes through hell in trying to hold her marriage together with a man who holds all sorts of secrets he's forbidden to share with her, almost to the point of divorcet. He's not allowed to tell her about the plans for Japan, so she assumes the problem must be with him or her. It's torturous for both of them. The title of the film I felt was significant for not only what the pilots were being asked to do, but also for what Tibbets was required to do -- keep secrets from his family, weeks and months away from home, pretend his marriage is no longer a priority -- going "above and beyond the call of duty" in protecting the mission. I was surprised by my reaction to the scenes where the bomb is being dropped, and the aftermath -- burning streets, flattened buildings -- seen from the sky (was that real footage or faked?). I actually teared up at the thought of what these men had to do, and what the survivors on the ground were going through, and just how horrific -- although likely necessary (the jury's still out in my mind) -- the whole thing was. Robert Taylor to me has always been under-rated. Yeah, most of his characterizations are probably just him playing himself, but doesn't Clint Eastwood, John Wayne and many others basically do the same thing? He's not a GREAT actor, but he's convinced me well enough numerous times. But even when he's bad, he's still good....yummy.

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