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The War Lover (1962)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 25 October 1962 (USA)
Buzz Rickson is a dare-devil World War II bomber pilot with a death wish. Failing at everything not involving flying, Rickson lives for the most dangerous missions. His crew lives with this... See full summary »

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Junior' / Junior Sailen: Crew of 'The Body
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Lamb: Crew of 'The Body'
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Prien: Crew of 'The Body'
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Farr: Crew of 'The Body'
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Bragliani: Crew of 'The Body'
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Haverstraw: Crew of 'The Body'
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Emmet
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Vogt (as Edward Bishop)
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Murika
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Buzz Rickson is a dare-devil World War II bomber pilot with a death wish. Failing at everything not involving flying, Rickson lives for the most dangerous missions. His crew lives with this aspect of his personality only because they know he always brings them back alive. Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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Warren Beatty turned down the role of Rickson, possibly because he had recently caused the divorce between Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner, and the two men were not on speaking terms. See more »

Goofs

When "House of Usher" belly lands, Rickson stops "The Body" so Lt. Bolland (Robert Wagner) can deplane. "The Body" is shown from the left rear when it stops and there is no top turret installed. . See more »

Quotes

Daphne Caldwell: Have you ever been in love, Captain? I'm serious, have you?
Captain Buzz Rickson: In wartime you don't fall in love, you make love. You know what I mean?
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Referenced in Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School (1990) See more »

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Roll Me Over
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Written by Robert Musel and Desmond O'Connor
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Character Study of Arrogance and Conceit
29 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

I haven't read the John Hersey novel others praise. (I've always liked Hersey's reporting and writing - just missed this one). So I can judge only the movie.

Steve McQueen gives a truly wonderful performance as the sort of guy you want to punch - arrogant, self-absorbed, cruel, conceited. (Of course in life, we read the same of him!). Robert Wagner also gives a wonderful performance - how not to appear a loser when the cruel arrogant one always wins. Shirley Anne Field is absolutely lovely in a very upper class/dreamgirl sort of way.

The movie is quite romantic - you really believe in Wagner-Field as a couple. There is warmth and lust and trust and realism between the two. The movie gives the flavor of love in wartime almost as well as Yanks.

I quite liked the movie- but it seems too short - let us have more of these characters' interactions. They ARE interesting characters at an interesting and dangerous time. I suppose if they'd have taken more from Hersey's novel, it would have felt a more substantial meal.


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