World War II pilot Buzz Rickson (Steve McQueen) and his co-pilot, Bo Bolland (Robert Wagner) are polar opposites: Buzz faces the enemy with ease but doesn’t know how to fit into non-combat life, while Bo longs for war to end so he can settle down with his girlfriend (Shirley Anne Field). Can the two men survive the fighting — and each other? The film is based on a novel by John Hersey, who also wrote the screenplay.
Wagner bland and McQueen plays another version of unhinged egotist and only Shirley Anne Field plays any sort of realistic character in this unfortunate adaptation of John Hersey's novel. The script and direction brings everything down to cliche and over simplification. Even the aerial battleground pretty unexciting here. Early performance by Canada's own Al Waxman as a gunner with a weak stomach.