Pete is a pilot who drops water on forest fires at very low heights. His intended Dorinda is also a pilot who doubles as a radio controller for the pilots who do this work. Pete always takes chances, confident that his skill will bring him through. One day it doesn’t and he is killed. He finds himself returning as an invisible ghost who’s presence is barely felt giving advice to his successor. Pete then finds that his successor is also falling in love with Dorinda. —IMDb
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood’s best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946. He went to California State University Long Beach, but dropped out to pursue his entertainment career. He gained notoriety as an uncredited assistant editor on the classic western “Wagon Train” (1957). Among his early directing efforts were Battle Squad (1961), which combined World War II footage with footage of an airplane on the ground that he makes you believe is moving. He also directed Escape to Nowhere (1961), which featured children as World War Two soldiers, including his sister Anne Spielberg, and The Last Gun (1959), a western. All of these were short films. The next couple of years, Spielberg directed a couple of movies that would… read more
With Spielberg’s technical savvy: aerial sequences to emulate Top Gun’s. Of course, his film derives from a mellower angle, relative to its WWII fighter pilot mould, and harking back to that wholesome, studio fromage, akin to the adventure-screwball-celestial romance of A Matter of Life and Death. Indeed, his sentiment finds a nominal outlet in such homage, however slight or gawky - for the latter’s creep, the Archers-lite Always not so much offsets as charmingly follows the previous trifling attempt at a similar milieu in the Altman-lite 1941.
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