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The Dam Busters (1955)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 16 July 1955 (USA)
The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.

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Doctor B. N. Wallis, C.B.E., F.R.S.
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Mrs. Wallis
Basil Sydney ...
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Captain Joseph (Mutt) Summers, C.B.E.
Ernest Clark ...
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Group Captain J. N. H. Whitworth, D.S.O., D.F.C.
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Doctor
Stanley Van Beers ...
Sir David Pye, C.B., F.R.S.
Colin Tapley ...
Doctor W. H. Glanville, C.B., C.B.E.
Frederick Leister ...
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Eric Messiter ...
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Laidman Browne ...
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Raymond Huntley ...
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Hugh Manning ...
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The British are desperate to shorten the length of WW2 and propose a daring raid to smash Germany's industrial heart. At first the objective looks impossible until a British scientist invents an ingenious weapon capable of destroying the planned target. Written by Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

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The story of the "bombs that had to bounce" - and the air-devils who had to drop 'em! See more »

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The RAF supplied most of the aircraft, at a cost of £130 per hour. This expense consumed 10% of the film's budget. See more »

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The Castle above the Eder-Dam is shown on the southern-side of the lake. In reality, this castle is on the northern side. See more »

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[Last lines]
Doctor B. N. Wallis, C.B.E., F.R.S.: [Morning after the raid] Is it true? All those fellows lost?
Gibson: Only two aircraft went down in the attacks. That was Hopgood's over the Moehne and Maudsley's at the Eder. Astell got it soon after crossing the coast. And Dinghy Young was shot down over the sea, on his way home. The rest we don't know about. They've been calling them since midnight, but they haven't answered. The flak was bad. Worse than I expected.
Doctor B. N. Wallis, C.B.E., F.R.S.: [upset] Fifty-six men... If I'd known it was going to be like this, I'd ...
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Referenced in BBC Proms: Prom 2: Music from Great British Films (2007) See more »

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The Dam Busters
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Classic Untouchable War Film
1 July 2004 | by (Grimsby, England) – See all my reviews

The Dambusters is a true story in which the men of 617 Squadron (originally Squadron X) are sent to bomb three key dams in the Ruhr Valley with the famous bouncing bomb. The film shows the young bomber crews training and eventually the mission itself. Many people have said that this raid was a waste of human life and resources but war IS a waste of human life and resources and these men gave the UK a boost in morale and made the Germans realize we weren't beat yet. Apparently Mel Gibson wanted to recreate this movie some years ago but did not get the backing of the MoD,the BBMF or 617 Squadron. With fantastic performances from Richard Todd as Guy Gibson and Michael Redgrave as Barnes Wallis this is a classic film.


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