The Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol

DVD - 2007
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In 1915 France, Major Brand commands the 39th Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps. The young airmen go up in bullet-riddled crates"and the casualty rate is appalling, but Brand can't make the officers at headquarters see reason.

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Wouldn't it be great to see a movie like this now-a-days. The special effects would be fantastic.
The movie was great, along with a great cast. It had some funny moments which were needed. What our heroes went through. And now we are calling them "Baby Killers"(when we are doing that right now through abortion) and "murderers". We, the citizens of America do not deserve them. Love your country, America, and the soldiers who fight for it!!! "We're back-to-back, undefeated World War Champs" -Granger Smith.

Although the trailer exclaims in glowing terms of the heroism, glory, and high adventure of these young men, the film is actually a scathing denunciation of war and the toll it takes on those who are sent to fight it.
Decrepit equipment, callous higher-ups, crushing command responsibility, and untrained pilots (some with only nine hours' flight time when they arrive to assume combat roles) all build a story of young men who dare not admit, even to themselves, that they care deeply about one another, for scarcely a day goes by that one or more of them does not die. They spend their evenings in drinking and song, pushing away the fact that tomorrow they will be fewer.

Yes, there are moments of heroism and honor, but overall the picture of war, as any honest war story must be, is bleak. A moving portrayal of the lives that are wasted when nations go to war.

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Ichigaga
Sep 19, 2011

Good movie if you enjoy vintage airplanes. Errol Flynn, David Niven, Basil Rathbone...what a cast! The action is realistic...no CGI back then!

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