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Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952)
"The Sound Barrier" (original title)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  21 December 1952 (USA)
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Fictionalized story of British aerospace engineers solving the problem of supersonic flight.

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John Ridgefield
Ann Todd ...
Susan Garthwaite
Nigel Patrick ...
Tony Garthwaite
John Justin ...
Philip Peel
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Jess Peel
Joseph Tomelty ...
Will Sparks
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Christopher Ridgefield
Jack Allen ...
Windy Williams
Ralph Michael ...
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Tony successful fighter pilot during World War II marries into the family of a wealthy oil magnate who also designs airplanes. The movie traces the company's attempt to break the sound barrier, as well as tensions between father and daughter. Lots of footage of early 50s jet aviation in Great Britain as well as shots of the Comet airliner, world's first jet passenger plane. Written by Henry Brugsch <henry@g0gku.demon.co.uk>

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21 December 1952 (USA)  »

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Breaking Through the Sound Barrier  »

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£250,000 (estimated)
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In the movie, Nigel Patrick and Ann Todd were sitting in a more dangerous plane than they knew. The de Havilland Comet airliner depicted in the film would become a notorious design for two tragic mid-air breakups in 1954 which killed all on board. The aircraft would be redesigned but the legacy would prevent it from being a success. See more »

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When Sue tells her husband she is pregnant, she tells him the baby is due around Christmas. But when the child is born, the weather is warm and sunny, suggesting the child is anything but a December baby. See more »

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In the opening credits, immediately after the human actors, are listed four British aircraft: The de Havilland Comet, the Vickers-Supermarine Attacker, the de Havilland Vampire, and the Vickers-Supermarine Swift. See more »


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Excellent film, technically ludicrous
7 November 2003 | by (Twentynine Palms, CA) – See all my reviews

This is an outstanding film about the human cost of progress and obsession. Richardson is great as the aviation mogul willing to pay the necessary price for reaching new realms and new worlds. Historically and technically, the film is so out in left field as to be almost laughable (the plot point about control reversal is apparently the result of a writer hearing a valid aeronautical term and misunderstanding it completely) but in the end, the issues raised and the fine performances make Sound Barrier a winner. The aerial photography is outstanding, and there is one beautifully composed shot from below the nose of the Comet airliner that perfectly emphasizes the sleek lines of that most beautiful jet.


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