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").
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."
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.
Drugs / Tobacco /
References drinking while on leave.