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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

Greatest movie for The Greatest Generation!

This is the best movie of the year! I have the honor of escorting these great Americans twice a year with Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia. Its the least I can do for men and women who saved the world.


If you can keep a dry eye you are a better man than me. Amazing piece, amazing people, even more amazing story. Do yourself a favor and rent or buy this...

Great, but a tad glorified.

This documentary is very touching and had me close to tears several times. It's quite amazing what these people did and I'm extremely happy that these veterans got a random act of appreciation like this.

On the other hand, my thought is that the people involved in making the flight happen feel that they have "made their contribution". It shouldn't be something you "do" once and forget about it. The entire generation did incredible things to pave the way for future generations. Appreciating them should be a constant thing instead of a one time event. The best way to do this is, is to learn the history; as well as the stories.

I'm a relatively young person and consider a top hobby of mine to be learning about the world and the experiences of its' people during that time period. I read countless books and watch any documentary or movie I can find that will shed light on a new story that hasn't been told. The key to my intense, genuine appreciation, is the overall knowledge that I have accumulated. To know all these things that I didn't know before is an absolutely amazing feeling.

My point is just to tell everyone who hasn't, just to actually learn the history. All that these men and women want is that their story doesn't die; not just a round of a applause. The reason I'm saying all this is because I know for a fact; that most of my generation (as well as new ones to come) do NOT know anything about WW2. If they did, I believe their whole attitude in regards to life would change and actually respect people.

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

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