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18 March 1949 (USA) See more »
The wife of a mechanic and former fighter pilot falls in love with the idea of flying herself. This soon becomes an obsession and she undertakes a lofty feat: the longest solo flight ever made by a woman. | Add synopsis »
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Madeleine Renaud ... Thérèse Gauthier

Charles Vanel ... Pierre Gauthier

Jean Debucourt ... Larcher
Raymonde Vernay ... Madame Brissard
Léonce Corne ... Le docteur Maulette
Raoul Marco ... Monsieur Noblet
Albert Rémy ... Marcel
Robert Le Fort ... Robert
Anne-Marie Labaye ... Jacqueline
Michel François ... Claude
Gaston Mauger ... Le successeur du docteur Maulette
Paul Demange ... Petit
Henry Houry ... Un membre du conseil d'administration
Anne Vandène ... Lucienne Ivry
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacques Beauvais ... La maître d'hôtel (uncredited)
Fernand Blot ... Le vice-président (uncredited)
Marius David ... Un invité à la présentation (uncredited)
Bernard La Jarrige ... Le mécano (uncredited)
Marcel Laporte ... Le reporter (uncredited)
Pierre Leproux ... Camille (uncredited)
Georges Sellier ... Un membre du conseil d'administration (uncredited)
Renée Thorel ... La voisine (uncredited)
Roger Vincent ... Un invité à la présentation (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean Grémillon 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Spaak  adaptation
Charles Spaak  dialogue
Albert Valentin  screenplay

Produced by
Raoul Ploquin .... producer
Original Music by
Roland Manuel 
Cinematography by
Roger Arrignon 
Louis Page 
Film Editing by
Louisette Hautecoeur 
Production Design by
Max Douy 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Serge Vallin .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Jean Putel .... sound

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Also Known As:
"Le ciel est à vous" - France (original title)
"The Sky Is Yours" - International (English title) (literal title)
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105 min | Germany:95 min
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Spaak Low, 20 July 2004
Author: writers_reign

Charles Spaak is one of those French scenarists - along with Henri Jeanson, Pierre Bost and Jean Aurenche - who tended to be overshadowed by the mighty Jacques Prevert. Any writer who can list La Kermesse heroique, La Belle Equipe and La Grande Illusion on his cv - and those were just a few of his PRIOR credits, post-Ciel they include Remorques and Le Corporal Epingle - would be almost certain to land a job on 'The World Turns' were he alive today. Spaak has delivered a quiet charmer here albeit propaganda fodder for Vichy. Charles Vanel acts out of his skin as Pierre Gauthier (what, one wonders, inspired this choice of name - with its overtones of Theophile Gauthier - for the two lead protagonists) mostly by NOT acting, or not SEEMING to. He is well matched by Madeleine Renaud as Therese, his wife, who, given the somewhat thankless role of role MODEL to French women everywhere, succeeds beyond the wildest dreams of Petain in creating a flesh-and-blood PERSON. Sterling support by Ann Vandene as an amalgam of those early pioneering female pilots and Raymonde Vernay as the mother-in-law from outer Hell make this a film to cherish. It's strength lies in the accumulation of detail and the warmth of the relationships. With a less surer touch than that of Gremillon the subplot involving the daughter, a would-be musical prodigy, could be seen as over-egging the feminist pudding but here it takes its unobtrusive place in the main story of Renaud realizing her potential as a aviatrix. 8/10

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