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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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They lived and loved, like the jets they flew - fast and dangerous! See more »

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21 December 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Breaking Through the Sound Barrier  »

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£250,000 (estimated)
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The role of Tony Gaithwaite was offered to a number of name actors but they rejected as being too small. 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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A great movie - very understated but captures the era well
17 January 2001 | by (Hereford, England) – See all my reviews

The movie really does capture a sense of time and the tremendous bravery of those involved in the breaking of the sound barrier.The cast is excellent and as usual Denholm Elliot steals every scene he's involved in. I feel this film is under-rated and is typical of much of the good work of British Cinema in the 50's


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