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Honor Flight

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Dan Hayes

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About the Movie

HONOR FLIGHT is a heartwarming documentary about four living World War II veterans and a Midwest community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime. Volunteers race against the clock to fly thousands of WWII veterans to Washington, DC to see the memorial constructed for them in 2005, nearly 60 years after the War. The trips are called "Honor Flights" and for the veterans, who are in their late 80s and early 90s, it's often the first time they've been thanked and the last trip of their lives. The 24-hour journey is full of surprises that deeply move all who are involved. It’s uncommon for World War II veterans to talk about the War, but the Honor Flight experience brings their stories out. Many veterans say, with the exception of their wedding day and the birth of their children, the trip is the best day of their life. However, 1,000 World War II veterans die every day and getting them on an Honor Flight in time is a constant battle. The film features Orville Lemke, a former plumber and beloved father of nine who fights to hold off terminal cancer so he can make the trip, and Julian Plaster, an 89-year-old poet who has survived almost all of his friends and family. HONOR FLIGHT also chronicles the stories of veterans Joe Demler and Harvey Kurz. They raise money for and promote the Honor Flight program to help fly as many of their fellow veterans as possible. Joe, a soft-spoken retired postmaster, was famously pictured in Life magazine as “the Human Skeleton” upon his liberation from a German POW camp. Days from death, he weighed just 70 lbs. His comedic sidekick, Harvey, saw the iconic flag go up at the Battle of Iwo Jima, unbeknownst to the shoppers he bags groceries for at the local Pick n’ Save. As the Honor Flight trip unfolds, Orville, Julian, Joe, Harvey and others share their stories and wisdom. While the Honor Flight program is meant to give something back to these humble heroes, the goodness they embody and their appreciation for life in freedom, transforms the lives of everyone they meet.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 5
  • Fresh: 4
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Inflated to feature length and devoid of nuance or fresh insights, it just seems self-congratulatory - aren't we great for having done this for these old guys? - and exploitive. – Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, Dec 6, 2012

Fresh: A deft snapshot of a worthy nonprofit group as well as a profound tribute to America's brave, often unsung World War II veterans. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Dec 7, 2012

Fresh: Greatest-generation stoicism meets gushing contemporary sentiment ... – Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice, Dec 4, 2012

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Customer Reviews

My father...

My father was 17th ABN, 194 Glider Infantry Regiment and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, Operation Varsity and the Rheinland campaign. He died in 1999, never having seen the WWII memorial. I have taken the time to see it for him and my brother and I have registered his name there. It is a beautiful memorial worthy of such a monumental war and time. I am extremely happy that Honor Flights occur. I support the ones in my hometown and hope those that get the chance to see it will appreciate it for my dad and other vets who never got the chance to see it. God bless our veterans and the United States of America.

Phenomenal movie, phenomenal charity

This movie chronicles one chapter of a national organization that brings World War II veterans to Washington, DC, to view the memorial dedicated to their heroism over 70 years ago -- this is a MUST SEE for every American…an emotional journey, it follows four veterans from Wisconsin as they complete one final "mission." Get a box of tissues, and buy or rent this movie tonight -- there is NO DOUBT you will be glad you did. Then, get involved!


This was an inspiring film to watch! Everyone should see!!!

Honor Flight
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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