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Above and Beyond

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Roberta Grossman

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About the Movie

Would you risk everything – your future, your citizen ship, even your life – to help a brother in need? In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. As members of Machal – “volunteers from abroad” – this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and renewed Jewish pride. ABOVE AND BEYOND is their story. The first major feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in the ’48 War, ABOVE AND BEYOND brings together new interviews with the pilots, as well as stunning aerial footage, to present a fascinating, little-known tale filled with heart, heroism and high-flying chutzpah. The film follows the pilots on their circuitous route from the United States – where they met and trained in secret and struggled to stay two steps ahead of the FBI – to Panama, Italy and Czechoslovakia, where they flew versions of the very Nazi planes they had tried to shoot down in World War II. More than a retelling of the ’48 Arab-Israeli War, ABOVE AND BEYOND examines the motivations of the foreign volunteers – both Jews and non-Jews. It mines the tensions between the Israelis and Machal soldiers. Would the foreign pilots stay in Israel after the war? Were they Americans first or Jews first? The film recounts the personal stories of the young pilots, whose experiences in Israel were life altering. And through their stories, ABOVE AND BEYOND reveals how under-equipped and isolated the Israelis were, how desperately they needed planes and pilots and how critical the actions of these young American men were for the country’s survival.

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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85%
  • Reviews Counted: 13
  • Fresh: 11
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film is best appreciated as a straightforward testimonial: old war buddies' hurrah against anti-Semitism. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Jan 29, 2015

Rotten: The film veers toward oversimplified selectivity, too intent on its feel-good, back-patting agenda. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Jan 31, 2015

Fresh: Though naggingly simplistic in its historical scope, the film offers a fascinating chronicle of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war through the eyes of a daring group of men. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Feb 5, 2015

Fresh: A fascinating little-known historical tale is stirringly recounted in Roberta Grossman's documentary about Jewish-American fighter pilots who volunteered to fight for Israel in its 1948 War of Independence. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Jan 27, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Absolutely outstanding

Saw above and beyond in theatre. Great movie.

Wonderful Film — learned a lot!

Really enjoyed watching this with my whole family. Excellent documentary!

Powerful

This beautifully made film is compelling,inspiring and fun to watch

Above and Beyond
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2015

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