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Above and Beyond - 1952

  • Brands Melvin Frank
  • Product Code: NA-2067-DRA-LT
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1943. In viewing an act of subordination, Maj. Gen. Vernon C. Brent of the US Air Force decides to take a chance in appointing Lt. Col. Paul Tibbets, the said insubordinate, to lead the testing of a new long range bomber, Boeing's B-29, for use in military service, as the plane operates like a dream in ideal conditions, but is known to be a deathtrap in extreme conditions often faced by the military. The General has a long term plan about which he does not inform Paul at this stage, but which is designed as a preemptive measure designed to end the war, the Allieds who seem to be losing: drop an atomic bomb, which is being developed in a top secret mission called the Manhattan Project, on a major Japanese city. While the testing of the bomber is a dangerous mission in and of itself, each progressive step along the way to the end goal becomes increasingly dangerous and difficult. When the team, including the Manhattan project researchers, come together at Wendover Air Force base in Utah to do the final testing with Paul the commanding officer, security will be paramount, where only a handful of people know the full story, all others will only know their small part of the entire plan, and when questioned one is supposed to answer evasively in not saying anything. As such, Paul has a zero tolerance policy for anyone breaking this protocol. Who are seen as the biggest security risks in total secrecy are the wives, who may talk out of turn at the proverbial hairdressers if they know too much. Although used to secrecy, Paul's wife, Lucey Tibbets, may not be able to withstand what Paul has turned into all in the name of national security in she not knowing what's going on. Also placing the mission at risk is Paul himself, who admits solely to himself that he is scared in wondering if the lives of innocent Japanese justifies the end of a better world if the mission is successful.

Technical Sheet
Title in Brazil Seu Nome e Sua Honra | Além do Alcance
Original Title Above and Beyond
Title in Portugal Honra e Segredo
Release year 1952
Language English
Subtitle Portuguese
Colors Black and white
Gender Drama, War, Action, Biography
Duration 122 Min.
Direction Melvin Frank, Norman Panama
Countries of origin United States
Cast Robert Taylor, Eleanor Parker, James Whitmore, Larry Keating, Larry Gates, Marilyn Erskine, Stephen Dunne, Robert Burton, Hayden Rorke, Lawrence Dobkin, Jack Raine, Jonathan Cott, Jeff Richards, Dick Simmons, John McKee, Pat Conway, Christopher Olsen, William F. Leicester, Barbara Ruick, Jim Backus
Did you know?
Curiosities ** The Hiroshima bombing sequences were taken from another MGM film, The Beginning or the End (1947), which dealt with the development and use of the first atomic bombs. | ** When Tibbetts first lands on Tinean, the numbers on the tail of the plane are reversed, indicating that the film has been reversed.

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