Nov. 4, 2008, 3:36 a.m. CST
633 Squadron for the Deathstar run as well. See for yourself on Youtube http://tinyurl.com/6qnlcb
Nov. 4, 2008, 6:42 a.m. CST
Keanu as Gordon and Shia as Woody.
Nov. 4, 2008, 8:04 a.m. CST
If memory serves, Lucas cut together aerial combat footage from a number of WWII Movies to use as a moving storyboard for the spaceship battles. A very early version of the computer generated ‘Pre-vis’ technique used today. Would not be surprised if a good deal of the source material came from “Flying Tigers” it’s long been considered one of the classics of it’s type. Many years ago I had a friend who was a combat pilot in Vet Nam. He would tell the story about his old fight commander (lets call him Frank), who had been one of the pilot the military loaned to Republic for the production of “Flying Tigers”. During one of the flying sequences Frank’s plane developed engine trouble causing an emergency landing. After a very rough touchdown, Frank jumped out of the smoking plane, stumbles away as fast as possible and collapsed on the side of the landing field. On lookers came running up to check on his condition. As Frank looked up a tall figure leaned down and said, “Are you all right son”. Say the line with a John Wane voice and you have the picture. Twenty-five years or so later in Vet Nam Frank is returning to base, his plane develops engine trouble causing an emergency landing. After a very rough touchdown, Frank jumped out of the smoking plane, stumbles away as fast as possible and collapsed on the side of the landing field. On lookers came running up to check on his condition. As Frank looked up a tall figure leaned down and said, “Are you all right son”. Wayne was visiting the base as part of a USO tour or maybe prepping for “Green Berets” I don’t recall. True story, I have no idea. But is makes for a good story.
Nov. 4, 2008, 8:58 a.m. CST
Still have a Flying Tigers vintage flight jacket and scarf with a bunch of old set pics tucked away somewhere. A true Wayne classic it is.
Nov. 4, 2008, 9:08 a.m. CST
lucas did cut together ww2 footage to splice into early cuts. If I recall it's on visible in the bonus dvd with the original trilogy. Many of the shots were then recreated identically.
Nov. 4, 2008, 2:34 p.m. CST
or not: http://praxeology.net/antivoting.htm
Nov. 4, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST
by Bully Boy
Hi, the story about the pilot crashing during the filming of Flying Tigers, while a nice tale, just can't be true. There was not a single working plane on the entire production. The full-size planes were actually pulled with cables attached to trucks to get shots of them getting into position to take off. All the footage of them flying (ALL the footage) is either actual newsreel type coverage (from other sources), or the brilliant miniature work of the Lydecker Bros (Howard and Theo). Other shots were mock ups with rear screens behind them.
Nov. 4, 2008, 7:39 p.m. CST
by Napoleon Park
that idea of editing together clips from all of John Wayne's Pacific War films into one long epic in which an army/navy/air force of Waynes almost single handedly wins the war is brilliantly bizarre or bizarrely brilliant. Some movie school student should get right on that.
Nov. 4, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST
by The StarWolf
Fourthwall - Exactly. I have the DVD of 633 SQUADRON. One of my favourite war films. Trench scene? Let's see ... narrow passage to target? Check. Lined with Anti-Air defenses? Check. Enemy fighters patrolling over? Check. Target which must be hit precisely? Check. Lots of losses among the good guys? Check. Hard to imagine this didn't have SOME influence in those last sequences of SW IV.
Nov. 8, 2008, 12:08 p.m. CST
The Millennium Falcon dogfight is drawn largely from William Wyler's B-17 documentary THE MEMPHIS BELLE.