Jet Pilot war movie
Jet Pilot war movie

Jet Pilot (1957, United States)

Categories: aircraft moviesmilitary base moviesspy movies

Running time: 110 minutes

Language: English


During the Cold War Colonel Jim Shannon is serving in the US Air Force base in Alaska. His squadron is guarding the border with Soviet Union and one day they get a seriously looking threat - a Soviet plane is heading straight for American territory without trying to establish contact. When intercepted Russian pilot deploys the landing gear suggesting that he has peaceful intentions and wants to land. On the ground Shannon is up for a shock - the Soviet pilot is a woman, who wants to defect to United States. Despite the warnings from his superiors that she could be Soviet agent, Shannon canít help falling in love with her. But nevertheless the headquarters wants Shannon to show her some of the American tactics of intercepting targets using jet planes. This is the beginning of cat-and-mouse play...

War movie set in the US Air Force base during the Cold War, when nothing could have been treated as certain. Despite being mixture of spy game and romance, and even despite having John Wayne as main character, the movie is quite enjoyable. It contains a lot of real maneuvers made by real pilots (including famous Chuck Yeager), but in 1950s they didnít have much choice - CGI was still in the realm of science fiction. The plot lacks realism, the romance seems forced (as any romance in John Wayne movies), but Jet Pilot rather accurately depicts the paranoia of Soviet-American competition during the early stage of Cold War and how both sides were trying to get the upper hand while keeping the appearances.




Our rating

5.2

Film value

6 / 10

Realism factor

2 / 5

Adventure factor

3 / 5

Historical accuracy

2 / 5



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Creators of Jet Pilot

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Jules Furthman

screenplay



Cast of Jet Pilot

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John Wayne

as Colonel Jim Shannon


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Janet Leigh

as Lt. Anna Marladovna


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Jay C. Flippen

as General Black


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Paul Fix

as Major Rexford


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Roland Winters

as Colonel Sokolov


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Hans Conried

as Colonel Matoff


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Events depicted in Jet Pilot

Cold War (1953-1991)