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woofiedog
02-28-2006, 07:32 AM
I've seen this movie many years ago The War Lover... but just picked up a copy in Widescreen. Wow!

The B-17 footage is real... and most was shot on location in England.

One Great shot is where Steve McQueen's character [Capt. Buzz Rickson] buzzes the airfield with his B-17.

And another is a real belly landing with a B-17 made during the filming of the movie [I believe that this was a real emergency landing from one of the aircraft used in filming the movie].

Also some of the ground shots... like take-off shots from the B-17 cockpit while taxiing with other B-17s on the air strip and inside the aircraft.


http://www.mcqueenonline.com/warlover01.jpg
<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Captain Buzz Rickson... What's the matter Bolland, afraid to die?
1st Lt Ed Bolland... Damn right I am. But you're scared to live.</span>

woofiedog
02-28-2006, 07:32 AM
I've seen this movie many years ago The War Lover... but just picked up a copy in Widescreen. Wow!

The B-17 footage is real... and most was shot on location in England.

One Great shot is where Steve McQueen's character [Capt. Buzz Rickson] buzzes the airfield with his B-17.

And another is a real belly landing with a B-17 made during the filming of the movie [I believe that this was a real emergency landing from one of the aircraft used in filming the movie].

Also some of the ground shots... like take-off shots from the B-17 cockpit while taxiing with other B-17s on the air strip and inside the aircraft.


http://www.mcqueenonline.com/warlover01.jpg
<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Captain Buzz Rickson... What's the matter Bolland, afraid to die?
1st Lt Ed Bolland... Damn right I am. But you're scared to live.</span>

panther3485
02-28-2006, 09:03 AM
Yeah mate!

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This movie is a 'nostalgic' favourite of mine and I bought it a couple of weeks ago for 10 bucks.

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I enjoyed watching it again and some of the B-17 footage was pretty good - not equalled or bettered in many movies at all.

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Best regards,
panther3485

Rjel
02-28-2006, 09:28 AM
It's a good movie. I remember seeing it on TV as a little kid a looong time ago and being scared to death as Steve McQueen's character crashed into the cliff. I saw it recently too. It's aged ok I think. The scene where they buzz the airfield bugs me though. As if a B-17 at low level isn't dramatic enough, they had to speed up the film to make the plane look like it's going much faster. As a movie, I'd rate lower than Twelve O'Clock High, but still worth a look.

Taylortony
02-28-2006, 06:51 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by woofiedog:
I've seen this movie many years ago The War Lover... but just picked up a copy in Widescreen. Wow!

The B-17 footage is real... and most was shot on location in England.

One Great shot is where Steve McQueen's character [Capt. Buzz Rickson] buzzes the airfield with his B-17.

And another is a real belly landing with a B-17 made during the filming of the movie [I believe that this was a real emergency landing from one of the aircraft used in filming the movie].

Also some of the ground shots... like take-off shots from the B-17 cockpit while taxiing with other B-17s on the air strip and inside the aircraft.


http://www.mcqueenonline.com/warlover01.jpg
<span class="ev_code_YELLOW">Captain Buzz Rickson... What's the matter Bolland, afraid to die?
1st Lt Ed Bolland... Damn right I am. But you're scared to live.</span> </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Nope i don't think it was an emergency landing, it was staged Paul Mantz I believe was the pilot and he bellied it in within 10 foot of where it was planned to put it down for the cameras...........

One that was an accident was the B17 from Tora Tora Tora......... he had gear problems and a quick thinking producer set the scene with the smoke, fires and actors etc then filmed it all as part of the battle scene when they bellied that one in with a stuck gear

berg417448
02-28-2006, 07:17 PM
The intentional Paul Mantz B-17 "crash " was actually done for the film "Twelve O'clock High". He belly landed in a radiation-contaminated QB-17G.


More info about the film:

The War Lover

1962 *v
USAAF- Steve McQueen; 8th AF B-17's. Rivalry between "normal" co-pilot and macho pilot who loves combat. A lot of moody black and white footage of Forts.

Filmed in England with with 3 B-17G's: 2 PB-1W's, both scrapped after filming, and a CB-17G/VB-17G (now N9563Z Fuddy Duddy). Shot at ex-RAF Bovingdon. TB-25J Mitchell camera ship from Aero Assoc (44-30861).

The studio B-17 fuselage had actually been one of the 3 famous Isreali B-17's, bought after being broken up in Isreal.

One of the parajumpers drowned during filming. John Crewdson flew the terrific B-17 beatup at Bovingdon.

RAF Manston was used as well. They used stock footage from "Memphis Belle" and and "12 O'Clock High".

http://www.coastcomp.com/av/fltline2/avmovie.htm

bolillo_loco
02-28-2006, 07:34 PM
The thing I remember most about the movie isn't the aircraft or the combat, but rather McQueen goes after Wagner's woman. Thank God for Wagner's character that McQueen's character fails at everything not involving aircraft.

Naturally the woman is cute because she is a brunette :\/

woofiedog
03-01-2006, 12:54 AM
berg417448... Thank's for the info.

WTE_Ibis
03-01-2006, 02:16 AM
It's a great movie be sure.

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Feathered_IV
03-01-2006, 02:53 AM
Funny you should mention this movie. I just picked up a second hand copy of Everything but the Flack by Martin Caidin. The book is about the ressurection and ferry flight (Caidin was co-pilot in ship #2)to England of the three B17's used in the film.

It's a fairly rare find and a very good read too. I've never seen the movie though. Gonna have to track it down now though http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif.

woofiedog
03-01-2006, 06:15 AM
Feathered_IV... Sounds like a excellent book... it must have some interesting insights of the B-17, both mechanical and flight.

Thank's for the Heads-Up on the book.

Feathered_IV
03-02-2006, 06:00 AM
Yours on ebay for a mere US$59.00? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Looks like I got a bargain at Au$10 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif