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The War Lover

  • War
  • Drama
  • 1962
  • Philip Leacock
  • 101 mins
  • X

Summary

War drama starring Steve McQueen and Robert Wagner. Bomber pilot Buzz Rickson has a daredevil ability under fire that is appreciated by the rest of his American crew. But back on the ground, Buzz's recklessness causes trouble, and things come to a head when he makes a move on the woman that his co-pilot, Ed Bolland, has started dating.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Steve McQueen stars here as a US bomber pilot based in East Anglia in 1943, whose recklessness in the air over Germany is mirrored by his disregard for the feelings of the women with whom he shares his bed. Robert Wagner plays his sensitive friend 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Buzz RicksonSteve McQueen (1)
Ed BollandRobert Wagner
Daphne CaldwellShirley Anne Field
LynchGary Cockrell
Junior SailenMichael Crawford
BrindtBill Edwards
LambChuck Julian
HandownRobert Easton
MurikaRichard Leech
RandallBernard Braden

Crew

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DirectorPhilip Leacock

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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