Above and Beyond
Chronicling a little-known slice of history, this absorbing documentary looks at a diverse group of veteran World War II pilots who defied the U.S. Neutrality Act and volunteered to fly for Israel at a critical moment in its battle for independence.
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- Roberta Grossman
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NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Above and Beyond is a black-and-white documentary that tells the story of a group of American World War II pilots who went to Israel in 1948 to form the core of a fledgling Israeli Air Force. With meager supplies, little equipment, and many substandard planes, they had a quest to boost the military capabilities of a young country fighting for survival. Exuberant, brave young men became thoughtful, proud, senior citizens eager to tell their stories by the time they were interviewed decades later. Some newsreel and actual war footage is included, showing bombed-out villages, planes crashing. Though there's plenty of humor, there also are some sad moments when men we've gotten acquainted with via the stories of those interviewed are killed. A few scenes show survivors of Nazi death camps. One memorable man peppers his recollections with some profanity ("s--t," "half-ass," and one use of "f--k") and some colorful but perhaps offensive Yiddish expressions ("tuches," "farshtunken").
- Sexual Content
- Interviews cheerfully recount some romantic and slyly sexual escapades during wartime (vague, no details).
- War and newsreel footage includes some air battle sequences, aftermath of bombings, strafing, planes shot down and crashing. Infrequent images of concentration camp survivors. A few principal pilots to whom we are introduced by the testifying witnesses are known to have been killed, and their deaths are described.
- Decrepit German planes are referred to as "Messers--ts." One elderly pilot salts his interview with some obscenities and Yiddish phrases: one "f--k," "s--t," "beautiful boobs," "half-ass," "tuches."
- Social Behavior
- Following your heart and conscience is satisfying and right. Historical actions have relevance over decades. Values true heroism; characters take great risks for a righteous cause.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- References drinking while on leave.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it