Air Force (1943)
Front Cover Actor
John Ridgely Pilot Irish Quincannon
Gig Young Co-pilot Bill Williams
Arthur Kennedy Bombardier Tommy McMartin
Charles Drake Navigator Monk Hauser
Harry Carey Crew Chief Robbie White
George Tobias Assistant Crew Chief Weinberg
Ward Wood Radio Operator Peterson
Ray Montgomery Assistant Radio Operator Chester
John Garfield Aerial Gunner Joe Winocki
James Brown Pursuit Pilot Tex Rader
Movie Details
Genre Action; Drama; History; War
Director Howard Hawks
Producer Howard Hawks; Hal B. Wallis
Writer Dudley Nichols; Leah Baird
Language English
Audience Rating Approved
Running Time 2 hr 4 mins
Country USA
Color Color
There was no better director than Howard Hawks at depicting group action. Because of his sense of character and pacing, Air Force transcends its propaganda purpose. It's well crafted all the way around, from the acting to the writing to the aerial fighting to James Wong Howe's painstakingly striking cinematography. A B-17 takes off from San Francisco in December of 1941 headed for Hawaii only to witness the Pearl Harbor attack from above, so it lands and takes off to thwart an oncoming attack. Reassigned to Manila, the crew (which includes the always cynical John Garfield, Gig Young, Arthur Kennedy, George Tobias, and Harry Carey) is thrust into the thick of battle. Incidentally, Hawks enlisted William Faulkner to rewrite a death scene that resulted in a sublime sense of honor. He also added some epigrammatic polish to some dialogue, such as Tobias's dismissal of California: "The sun shines and nothing ever happens, and before you know it you're 60 years old." --Bill Desowitz
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It Yes
Index 1688
Collection Status In Collection
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 014
Product Details
Format DVD
Screen Ratio 1.66:1
Layers Single side, single layer
UPC 012569599826
Release Date 6/5/07
Subtitles English; Portuguese
Audio Tracks English Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1