The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell
The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)

In this 1955 Otto Preminger film, Gary Cooper stars as World War I hero Brigadier General Billy Mitchell. The film recounts Mitchell's efforts to prove the viability of a strong air force. The hidebound military higher-ups refuse to… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1955
DVD Release Date: December 16, 2003
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Variety Staff

The picture is a real kick in the shins for the cult of blind military obedience and the lesson which is laid on the line relates to Pearl Harbor.

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Away from the courtroom, the film is less riveting, though Cooper is consistently impressive.

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Emanuel Levy

Though not one of Preminger's stronger films, it's still worth seeing this fact-based courtroom drama starring Gary Cooper.

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TV Guide

Low-key and earnest but slow like molasses.

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Fernando F. Croce

The only certainty that remains is the need to ask questions

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The courtroom dramatics are the heart of the film and are done in a brilliant no-nonsense way.

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jay nixon
Solid if a bit slow drama of a man putting his career on the line for his what he believes rightly is the good of his country. The cast is full of great actors… More