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Rate this Movie... Dive Bomber
5 stars 71%  71%  [ 17 ]
4 stars 13%  13%  [ 3 ]
3 stars 8%  8%  [ 2 ]
2 stars 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
1 star 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Haven't seen it 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
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Today's movie is Dive Bomber. Please vote in the poll and reply to this threads with your thoughts about the movie. What you loved... or hated about it. Thanks.


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Movie was only a 2 or 3, but the aircraft were a 5+.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 10, 2011 12:42 pm 
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What a perfect time capsule into a very small, narrow window of Naval Aviation, loud paint schemes, subdued paint schemes, biplanes and modern aircraft overlapping, experimenting with pressurization (and a not bad representation of rime ice either) particularly sad when you see the TBD's and realize that maybe some of those folks didn't make it another 24 months. The script was typical movie formulaic pablum with over glamorized, overdressed actors and third grade level dialogue.

Given the current DoD/Hollyweird attitudes about each other, we'll never see an equal film.

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Great film, and even taking into consideration the formula plot, there's nothing like it out there for Navy buffs!!!
Talk about Technicolor aircraft!!!!

And don't forget Max Steiner's rousing score. It was so good that they used it for several other films over the years including "Destination Tokyo" and "Fighter Squadron". It's a classic film score!

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John Kerr wrote:
Movie was only a 2 or 3, but the aircraft were a 5+.


Yep. An amazing visual representation of naval aviation in the immediate pre-war months. The plot - meh.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 5:53 am 
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I think it is a great movie.
The plot / story line may 'not on the strong side', but the quality of the colour footage of all the aircraft given its age, is worthy of the high scores it appears to be gathering.
The only thing I didn't like was that over here on this side of the pond, when I bought it, it was not that really that readily available and so I ended up paying a few more quid for it than I normally like to.
That said I still think it was worth it. :)

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I for one love these old movies - wether the plot is hokie or not. How about rating some of the old Wallace Beery movies? :D

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Woodsy Airfield wrote:
I for one love these old movies - wether the plot is hokie or not. How about rating some of the old Wallace Beery movies? :D


Wallace Beery! Absolutely!
"H-e-l-l Divers", "West Point of the Air", "This Man's Navy", (Airships, very cool!) All great aviation films from the 1930's and 40's. And beery was a pilot too!
Love the other films of that era too, "Dawn Patrol" (both), "Devil Dogs of the Air", "Hells Angels", etc.
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I watched this movie slack jawed. I realize there was some truth in the military placing a pilot in a deep sea diving suit to test the abilities of flying the new SBD Dauntless. Overall, I feel that the movie is an infomercial for the SBD, a greatbplane IMHO. As far as thebstory line, not interesting. Therefore, I give thebmovie one star out of five, and that's mainly for the plane.


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Great scenes of period aircraft and the picture is sharper than many Hollywood films made in the 90s!


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Added trailer to initial post. :)

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