The War Lover

The War Lover

Philip Leacock (1962)

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In this war drama, Steve McQueen stars as a US bomber pilot based in East Anglia whose recklessness in the air over Germany is mirrored by his disregard for the feelings of the women who share his bed. But it's McQueen's sensitive friend, Robert Wagner, who wins Shirley Ann Field's heart and their love affair is set beside McQueen's love for war and his big, powerful and seemingly invincible Flying Fortress. This is a far more conventional film than director Philip Leacock's Reach for Glory, a weird drama about evacuee children who regress into savagery, even though McQueen's charismatic psychopath wouldn't look out of place in both.


Bomber commander Buzz Rickson is respected by his crew for his daredevil abilities in the air, but his personal life is a disaster. His co-pilot initially idolises the fearless airman, but over time becomes increasingly aware of his hero's flaws - especially when Rickson starts pursuing his comrade's girlfriend. Second World War drama, with Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner and Shirley Anne Field.

Cast & Crew

Buzz Rickson Steve McQueen
Ed Bolland Robert Wagner
Daphne Caldwell Shirley Anne Field
Junior Sailen Michael Crawford
Col Vogt Ed Bishop
Brindt Billy Edwards
Lamb Chuck Julian
Handown Robert Easton
Director Philip Leacock
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD