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Dive bomber

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Dive bomber soars into uncharted cinematic airspace as it explores with authenticity and high drama the life and duty of the military flight surgeon.

Errol Flynn portrays a young Navy doctor determined to overcome the deadly phenomenon of pilot blackout at the end of a power dive. Fred MacMurray and Regis Toomey play a couple of hard-bitten, old-line pilots who at first question Flynn's capability, but come to realise that he and others like him are essential to their survival in the air. The struggle to solve the life and death problem is fascinating both in its documentary-like realism and sheer nail-biting suspense.

Made in the days leading up to the USA entering World War II, Dive bomber delivers its patriotic message with skilled storytelling and truly magnificent colour aerial photography.

Persons of interest

  • Errol Flynn .... Lieutenant Douglas S Lee, MD
  • Fred MacMurray .... Lieutenant Commander Joe Blake
  • Ralph Bellamy .... Lieutenant Commander Lance Rogers, MD, Flight Surgeon
  • Alexis Smith .... Mrs Linda Fisher
  • Robert Armstrong .... Lieutenant Commander Art Lyons
  • Regis Toomey .... Lieutenant Tim Griffin
  • Allen Jenkins .... Corpsman 2nd Class "Lucky" James
  • Craig Stevens .... John Thomas Anthony III
  • Herbert Anderson .... Lieutenant juniour grade "Chubby" Markham, MD
  • Moroni Olsen .... Senior Surgeon at San Diego
  • Dennie Moore .... Mrs James
  • Louis Jean Heydt .... Lieutenant Swede Larson
  • Frank Wead .... Screenwriter
  • Robert Buckner .... Screenwriter
  • Michael Curtiz .... Director

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Security censorship classification

PG (Adult themes)

Surveillance time

127 minutes (2:07 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS retail: 6 August 2001

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