Thunder Birds

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"For two pilots, one woman became a conflict of interest."
  • Approved
  • 1942
  • 1 hr 18 min
  • 6.1  (570)

Thunder Birds is a 1942 war drama film that tells the story of the pilots of the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. The movie stars Gene Tierney, Preston Foster, and John Sutton in lead roles. The film was directed by William A. Wellman and produced by Lamar Trotti. The movie opens with a montage of aircraft taking off and landing on an airbase. We see a group of pilots getting ready to fly their next mission. Captain McBride (Preston Foster) is the commanding officer of this group. He is a seasoned veteran with a no-nonsense attitude. Lieutenant McMartin (John Sutton) is a new pilot who is eager to prove himself.

However, the film primarily revolves around a romance between McBride and a nurse named Kay Saunders (Gene Tierney). They meet when she is assigned to the base to take care of wounded soldiers. McBride is immediately drawn to her, but Kay is hesitant to get involved with him because she knows the risks of dating a pilot during wartime.

Meanwhile, the pilots must fly dangerous missions over the Himalayan mountains to transport supplies to Chinese troops fighting the Japanese. The harsh weather conditions and treacherous terrain make these missions incredibly difficult, and many pilots do not return.

The tension between Kay and McBride grows as they face the possibility of losing each other. McBride is determined to keep flying dangerous missions, but Kay fears for his safety. Eventually, she realizes that she cannot stand in the way of his duty and decides to support him.

As the story progresses, the pilots faced increasingly challenging circumstances. They are trained to shoot down enemy planes and protect their cargo, but they must also deal with mechanical failures and the constant threat of crashes.

Throughout these trials, the film reveals the courage and bravery of the pilots as they risk their lives to serve their country. It also shines a light on the emotional turmoil that comes with wartime relationships and the impact that these relationships have on the soldiers and their loved ones.

The film features stunning aerial sequences that were groundbreaking for their time. The use of real aircraft adds to the film's authenticity and creates a thrilling atmosphere. The score by composer David Buttolph elevates the action and adds to the emotional impact of the film.

Overall, Thunder Birds is a compelling war drama that highlights the courage and sacrifice of the pilots who served in World War II. It is also a poignant exploration of love and loss during wartime. The performances by Tierney, Foster, and Sutton are excellent, and the aerial sequences are breathtaking.

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    6.1  (570)