MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,347 this week

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

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 948 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 11 critic

Fictionalized story of British aerospace engineers solving the problem of supersonic flight.

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 20 Oct 2010
 
a list of 9222 titles
created 25 Mar 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 14 Feb 2014
 
a list of 32 titles
created 17 May 2014
 
a list of 44 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952)

Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Breaking the Sound Barrier.

User Polls

Won 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Madeleine (1950)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The middle-class family of a young woman cannot understand why she delays in marrying a respectable young man. They know nothing about her long-standing affair with a Frenchman.

Director: David Lean
Stars: Ann Todd, Norman Wooland, Ivan Desny
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The Passionate Friends were in love when young, but separated, and she married an older man. Then Mary Justin meets Steven Stratton again and they have one last fling together in the Alps.

Director: David Lean
Stars: Ann Todd, Trevor Howard, Claude Rains
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution.

Director: David Lean
Stars: Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Geraldine Chaplin
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it.

Director: David Lean
Stars: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Noel Coward's attempt to show how the ordinary people lived between the wars. Just after WWI the Gibbons family moves to a nice house in the suburbs. An ordinary sort of life is led by the ... See full summary »

Director: David Lean
Stars: Robert Newton, Celia Johnson, Amy Veness
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Henry Hobson runs a successful bootmaker's shop in nineteenth-century Salford. A widower with a weakness for the pub opposite, he tries forcefully to run the lives of his three unruly ... See full summary »

Director: David Lean
Stars: Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie
Blithe Spirit (1945)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Adapted from a play by Noel Coward, Charles and his second wife Ruth, are haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.

Director: David Lean
Stars: Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Wing-commander Tim Mason leads a squadron of Lancaster bombers on almost nightly raids from England. Having flown eighty-seven missions he will shortly be retiring from flying, but the ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Leacock
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Ian Hunter, Dinah Sheridan
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

This "story of a ship," the British destroyer HMS Torrin, is told in flash backs by survivors as they cling to a life raft.

Directors: Noel Coward, David Lean
Stars: Noel Coward, John Mills, Derek Elphinstone
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A heartwarming tale of an English minister and his family reunited at Christmas time. Their story includes a remembrance of their WWII trials

Director: George More O'Ferrall
Stars: Ralph Richardson, Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton
Summertime (1955)
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, Italy.

Director: David Lean
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi, Isa Miranda
The Village (1953)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

This film deals with the War Orphans following WWII at a children's village in the Swiss Alps where over 200 orphans from all parts of Europe are gathered. The subplots involve a romance ... See full summary »

Director: Leopold Lindtberg
Stars: John Justin, Eva Dahlbeck, Sigfrit Steiner
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
John Ridgefield
Ann Todd ...
Susan Garthwaite
Nigel Patrick ...
Tony Garthwaite
John Justin ...
Philip Peel
...
Jess Peel
Joseph Tomelty ...
Will Sparks
...
Christopher Ridgefield
Jack Allen ...
Windy Williams
Ralph Michael ...
Fletcher
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 December 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Breaking Through the Sound Barrier  »

Box Office

Budget:

£250,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The BAFTA awards associated with "Sound Barrier" were made at a ceremony prior to a showing of "The Titfield Thunderbolt" at the Leicester Square Theatre on March 5th 1953. Mr Michael Redgrave presented the awards. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

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 »


Soundtracks

With Sword and Lance
(uncredited)
Music by Hermann Starke
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


19 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
An American version of the sound barrier colt8
An American version of the sound barrier colt8
Bad journey planning! Ambak
Discuss Breaking the Sound Barrier (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?