Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater in ’90, cable, video, 8 May 2009 and 3 Jul 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A fictionalized account of the 25th and final mission of a B-52 bomber during WWII.
My Take on it – I recall seeing this in the theater when it came out back in 1990 and it was such an emotional experience watching everything happen.
Besides the story that keep us on the edge of our seats throughout the entire film, the glue that keeps us intrigued the most is the cast of characters.
The casting department did a wonderful job of finding ten young actors that can all work extremely well together and have chemistry that can make us truly believe that these are men who have fought and flown together for 25 missions.
The actors chosen for these roles are: Matthew Modine, DB Sweeney, Courtney Gaines, Sean Astin, Eric Stoltz, Tate Donovan, Reed Diamond, Neil Giuntoli, Billy Zane and Harry Connick Jr. are they are ALL superb here!
We really believe the friendships of these men and that they have known each other for quite a while and can both horse around when off-duty and work as a well-oiled machine when on-duty.
David Strathairn and John Lithgow are also excellent as two officers awaiting their return back on base in England to attend to the aftermath of these deadly missions.
The music by George Fenton keep us emotionally involved throughout and we can really feel the tenseness of the situations that these men are going through.
They do a great job of telling this story despite it not really being the original story of this crew’s final mission.
Bottom Line – The excellent cast is what makes this so interesting to watch. All ten of the actors have great chemistry together and we can really believe that they were a congealed team doing their duty together for 25 missions. Straitharn and Lithgow are great as commanders on the ground who must deal with the repercussions of the missions that these men partake in. The story is great and they keep us in suspense the whole time. Excellent music that keeps us emotionally involved in all that they are going through. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sandra Bullock filmed a role that was deleted from the final print. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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