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Writers:
Emeric Pressburger (by)
Michael Powell (written by) ...
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Release Date:
27 June 1942 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A sensational characterisation you wouldn't believe possible See more »
Plot:
When Nazi anti-aircraft fire damages a British bomber, its crew bails out and seeks help from the Dutch underground. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win See more »
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Downed RAF Bomber crew, aided by Dutch Resistance, try to return to Britain in early World War II. See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Godfrey Tearle ... Sir George Corbett - Rear Gunner in B for Bertie
Eric Portman ... Tom Earnshaw - Second Pilot in B for Bertie
Hugh Williams ... Frank Shelley - Observer / Navigator in B for Bertie

Bernard Miles ... Geoff Hickman - Front Gunner in B for Bertie
Hugh Burden ... John Glyn Haggard - Pilot in B for Bertie
Emrys Jones ... Bob Ashley - Radio Operator in B for Bertie
Pamela Brown ... Els Meertens

Joyce Redman ... Jet van Dieren

Googie Withers ... Jo de Vries
Hay Petrie ... The Burgomaster
Selma Vaz Dias ... Burgomeister's wife (as Selma Van Dias)
Arnold Marlé ... Pieter Sluys

Robert Helpmann ... De Jong

Peter Ustinov ... The Priest
Alec Clunes ... The Organist
Hector Abbas ... Driver
James B. Carson ... Louis
Willem Akkerman ... Willem
Joan Akkerman ... Maartje
Peter Schenke ... Hendrik
Valerie Moon ... Jannie
John Salew ... German Sentry
William D'Arcy ... German Officer
David Ward ... 1st German Airman
Robert Duncan ... 2nd German Airman
Roland Culver ... Naval Officer

Robert Beatty ... Sgt. Hopkins
Michael Powell ... Despatching Officer
Stewart Rome ... Cmdr. Reynold
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Arnold ... (uncredited)
Jimmy Baker ... Cornelius - Son of the Burgomeister (uncredited)
Cliff Bastin ... Football Player (uncredited)

James Donald ... (uncredited)
John England ... (uncredited)
David Evans ... Len Martin (uncredited)

Gordon Jackson ... (uncredited)
John Longden ... Ground Officer (uncredited)
Gerry Wilmot ... Announcer (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Powell 
Emeric Pressburger 
 
Writing credits
Emeric Pressburger (by)

Michael Powell (written by) and
Emeric Pressburger (written by)

Produced by
Stanley Haynes .... associate producer
Michael Powell .... producer
Emeric Pressburger .... producer
John Corfield .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ronald Neame (photographer)
 
Film Editing by
David Lean 
 
Art Direction by
David Rawnsley 
 
Production Management
Sydney Streeter .... unit manager (as Sydney S. Streeter)
 
Sound Department
C.C. Stevens .... sound recorder
A.W. Watkins .... sound supervisor (as A. W. Watkins)
 
Special Effects by
Frederick Ford .... special effects (as F. Ford)
Douglas Woolsey .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Krasker .... associate photographer (as Bob Krasker)
Jim Body .... clapper boy (uncredited)
Fred Daniels .... still photographer: portraits (uncredited)
Frederick Ford .... director of photography: model shots of raid over Stuttgart (uncredited)
Guy Green .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Krasker .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Thelma Connell .... associate editor (as Thelma Myers)
 
Other crew
Betty Curtis .... continuity secretary
Joan Page .... production secretary
James P. Power .... technical adviser (as James P. Power R.B.A.)
John Seabourne Sr. .... associate director (as John Seabourne)
M. Sluyser .... technical adviser
Bill Paton .... assistant: Mr Powell (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
102 min | USA:82 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1946) | Sweden:15 | UK:U

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Trivia:
Feature film debut of Peter Ustinov.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When they are escaping with the help of Jo de Vries, she tells them to look out for a boat with 2 white diamonds on the starboard side, but when seen they are on the port side. If the diamonds are on both sides why did Jo mention the starboard side?See more »
Quotes:
Tom Earnshaw, Copilot in B for Bertie:We want to get back, raid or no raid. Now look here, Mrs. de Vries, I don't...
Jo de Vries:Are you in command of this party?
Sir George Corbett, Rear Gunner in B for Bertie:No, no, no, he's just a Yorkshireman.
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Downed RAF Bomber crew, aided by Dutch Resistance, try to return to Britain in early World War II., 24 February 2006
Author: icemith from Australia

Given that this movie was made about the then contemporary World War II times, without the benefit of a huge budget (compared to now), generations before computer graphics became the norm, it is refreshing to see a sensible depiction of those wartime conditions. Imagine making a picture of the bombing raids over Germany in the (I presume Mosquito) bombers, not known to be that secure from ground based A.A.C. fire— they could not fly higher, as could the later Lancasters. I feel the directors chose correctly in making it a character driven piece, with the action sublimated somewhat.

I caught this movie on a relatively new local TV station, it was one of their first offerings albeit in the early morning, I did not know about the movie before. What also surprised me was the appearance of later 'stars', Robert Helpmann, Peter Ustinov and Googie Withers, though she was fairly established by then. By co-incidence, I had viewed earlier that evening a British Documentary feature where the grandchildren of the original RAF bomber crew-members were to learn to actually fly a remaining WW II aircraft. And that reference was cool. The atmosphere exhibited in that doco, certainly the old time news clips, recent interviews of the veterans, rang true to the movie, especially with the actual ( or the perceived depiction if it was only that ) film of the raids over Germany and the resultant destruction.

The characterisations were laid back, as befits the RAF types, and the Dutch citizens, who organised the Resistance, were well played. Besides the unexpected cast members, there was another piece of 'recoginition' I found fascinating, and I hope it wasn't used in the film, (made in either 1941 or 1942, both are given in various sources), and gave away the Resistance as the war was only half over then. Of course the film makers had no idea how long the war would last or just what was in store for them. The pace of the film was a bit pedestrian, all the better I think, to enable the characters to be developed, and the bits of business the group had to 'endure' was fairly realistic, reasonably true to life. I guess there must have been some propaganda value in the movie as I couldn't imagine that opportunity would have been missed by the British authorities, maybe even instigated it, in league with the Dutch. I could hardly blame them.

All in all, I thought it was a fascinating movie, a benchmark. For others to come it also was a benchmark, to be creditable one had to do at least as well. Whether our later techniques make it easier, or convenient, or cost effective, or entertaining, or thought provoking, is a matter for our future, but looking back sixty odd years I think they produced a fine movie.

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