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Air Force

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Time Out says

Hawks's 'contribution to the war effort', for all its then topical anti-Japanese propaganda, now comes across as a typical Hawksian examination of the isolated, all-male group, here the crew of an American B-17 Bomber operating in the Pacific shortly after Pearl Harbor. As so often, the predominant themes are self-respect, loyalty, professionalism, and the problems of integration facing the newcomer/outsider, in this case cynical rear-gunner Garfield. Rather like a bleak version of the director's earlier Only Angels Have Wings, it's an unusually moving example of the 'why-we-fight' genre, with genuinely horrific scenes of widespread destruction alternating with more intimate, introspective scenes depicting the tensions between the various vividly characterised members of the crew.
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Release Details

  • Duration:124 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Howard Hawks
  • Screenwriter:Dudley Nichols
  • Cast:
    • John Garfield
    • John Ridgely
    • George Tobias
    • Harry Carey
    • Edward S Brophy
    • Arthur Kennedy
    • Gig Young
    • Charles Drake
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