Superb aviation footage is what takes this film out of the ordinary and sends it skyward. Set in Korea in 1952, at the apex of the euphemistically named "Police Action," it's the story of Mitchum, Wagner, and Phillips, with a love triangle including Britt tossed in. The American pilots have
been assigned to dogfight the Chinese "volunteer" pilots (who are in Russian MIGs), but the Americans are not allowed to chase the enemy into North Korea. Mitchum is the leader, a tough bird with absolutely no fear in his heart. His diametrical opposite, Phillips, is so frightened that he begins
drinking whenever he is supposed to fly a mission. Mitchum is a veteran of many WW I...