Air Force

Air Force

Howard Hawks (1943)

PG Certificate
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Our Score
A marvellous Second World War drama from one of Hollywood's greatest directors, Howard Hawks. While not as famous as his Scarface, Only Angels Have Wings, The Big Sleep and Rio Bravo, this is still a major achievement. It tells the story of the Mary Ann, a Flying Fortress, and the men who operated her in the war against the Japanese. The action sequences are excitingly filmed, though it is the quieter moments, when the members of the crew express their excitement and their fears, that give the film its strength as a study of comradeship in adversity. The cast includes John Garfield, Harry Carey and Arthur Kennedy, all fine actors but not glamorous movie stars, which gives the film a rare authenticity.


An American B-17 Flying Fortress is sent on a dangerous mission to the Pacific to defend the Philippines in the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. Second World War drama directed by Howard Hawks, starring John Garfield, Arthur Kennedy, Harry Carey and Gig Young.

Cast & Crew

Aerial gunner John Garfield
Bombardier Arthur Kennedy
Crew chief Harry Carey
Co-pilot Gig Young
Navigator Charles Drake
Pilot John Ridgely
Assistant crew chief George Tobias
Radio operator Ward Wood
Director Howard Hawks
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Warner Bros Pictures LtdAvailable on: video and DVD