The behind-the-scenes story of the pilot of the Enola Gay. If you could press a button that would sacrifice 100,000 people to save a million, would you do it? In the midst of World War II, Lt. Col. Paul Tibbets Jr. of the Army Air Corps is asked that question, looks at the buzzer his superior officer puts in his hand - and presses. Tibbets' unflinching answer gives him the command of the Enola Gay, the B-29 that will drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and help bring the war to a sudden end. Robert Taylor stars as Tibbets in this carefully detailed true story of the man and the mission that changed the world. "Above and Beyond has documentary validity. And its final sequence, pieced out with newsreel shots of the Hiroshima bombing, has the impact of epochal drama" (Time).

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Above and Beyond (1952)

Action/Drama · 2h 2m

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The behind-the-scenes story of the pilot of the Enola Gay. If you could press a button that would sacrifice 100,000 people to save a million, would you do it? In the midst of World War II, Lt. Col. Paul Tibbets Jr. of the Army Air Corps is asked that question, looks at the buzzer his superior officer puts in his hand - and presses. Tibbets' unflinching answer gives him the command of the Enola Gay, the B-29 that will drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and help bring the war to a sudden end. Robert Taylor stars as Tibbets in this carefully detailed true story of the man and the mission that changed the world. "Above and Beyond has documentary validity. And its final sequence, pieced out with newsreel shots of the Hiroshima bombing, has the impact of epochal drama" (Time).

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Cast
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Robert Taylor

Lt. Col. Paul W. Tibbets 509th Composite Group CO (pilot of Enola Gay)
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Eleanor Parker

Lucey Tibbets
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James Whitmore

Maj. William 'Bill' Uanna - Security Officer, Operation Silverplate
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Larry Keating

Maj. Gen. Vernon C. Brent
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Larry Gates

Capt. William 'Deak' Parsons, USN
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Marilyn Erskine

Marge Bratton
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Stephen Dunne

Maj. Harry Bratton, Co-pilot B-29 tests
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Robert Burton

Gen. Samuel E. Roberts (Tibbets' CO in Africa)
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Hayden Rorke

Dr. Ramsey
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Lawrence Dobkin

Dr. Van Dyke (as Larry Dobkin)
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Jack Raine

Dr. Fiske
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Jonathan Cott

Capt. Dutch van Kirk (navigator, Enola Gay)
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Jeff Richards

Maj. Thomas Ferebee (Enola Gay bombardier)
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Dick Simmons

Capt. Robert A. Lewis (co-pilot, Enola Gay)
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John McKee

Staff Sergeant Wyatt E. Duzenbury, Enola Gay Flight Engineer
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Pat Conway

Pfc. Richard H. Nelson, Enola Gay Radio Operator (as Patrick Conway)
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Christopher Olsen

Little Paul (as Christie Olsen)
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William F. Leicester

Jim - Sfc. Driver (as William Lester)
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Barbara Ruick

Mary Malone
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Jim Backus

Gen. Curtis E. LeMay
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John Pickard

Miller
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Harlan Warde

Chaplain Downey
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John Baer

Captain (uncredited)
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Tom Bernard

Private (uncredited)
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Robert Board

Lieutenant (uncredited)
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John Close

Co-pilot (uncredited)
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Fred Coby

Guard (uncredited)
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Dick Cogan

Photographer (uncredited)
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G. Pat Collins

Maj. Gen. Creston (uncredited)
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Bess Flowers

Wife at Washington D.C. Airport (uncredited)
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Robert Fuller

(uncredited)
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Frank Gerstle

SSgt. Wilson (uncredited)
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Don Gibson

Dexter (uncredited)
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Tom Gibson

Bartender (uncredited)
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Richard Grayson

Lieutenant (uncredited)
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Dabbs Greer

Steve Haddock - the Operations Officer (uncredited)
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Sam Hayes

Radio Announcer (uncredited)
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John Hedloe

Lt. Malone (uncredited)
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Don Hicks

Lieutenant (uncredited)
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Joseph Keane

Public Relations Officer (uncredited)
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Dorothy Kennedy

Nurse (uncredited)
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John Milton Kennedy

Radio Announcer (uncredited)
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Don Kohler

Reporter (uncredited)
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Jack Lomas

Reporter (uncredited)
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Herbert Lytton

Captain Parsons' Doctor (uncredited)
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Lee MacGregor

Gen. Roberts' Aide (uncredited)
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Kurt Martell

Major (uncredited)
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Roger McGee

Johnson (uncredited)
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Sammy McKim

Captain (uncredited)
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Walter Merrill

Reporter (uncredited)
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Harold Miller

Husband at Washington D.C. Airport (uncredited)
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Ewing Mitchell

Gen. Kenneth Bonner Wolfe (uncredited)
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Steve Mitchell

Guard (uncredited)
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Roger Moore

Civilian (uncredited)
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Thomas Murray

Reporter (uncredited)
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Allen O'Locklin

Photographer (uncredited)
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George Pembroke

Civilian (uncredited)
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Barry Rado

Paul Jr. - Age 2 (uncredited)
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Norman Rado

Paul Jr. - Age 2 (uncredited)
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William Ruhl

Civilian (uncredited)
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Dick Ryan

Reporter (uncredited)
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Paul F. Smith

Sergeant Sign Painter (uncredited)
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Robert Stevenson

Military Police Officer (uncredited)
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Edward Tierney

Photographer (uncredited)
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Arthur Tovey

Los Alamos Scientist (uncredited)
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Gregory Walcott

Burns (uncredited)
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Guy Way

Soldier at Washington D.C. Airport (uncredited)
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Crane Whitley

Gen. Corlane (uncredited)
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Mack Williams

Col. Bill Irvine (uncredited)
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Ward Wood

Talkative Sergeant (uncredited)
Crew
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Melvin Frank

Director
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Above and Beyond

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

8/13/2009

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