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The Dam Busters (1955)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 16 July 1955 (USA)
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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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Mrs. Wallis
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Doctor B. N. Wallis, C.B.E., F.R.S.
Basil Sydney ...
Patrick Barr ...
Captain Joseph (Mutt) Summers, C.B.E.
Ernest Clark ...
Frederick Leister ...
Committee Member
Derek Farr ...
Group Captain J. N. H. Whitworth, D.S.O., D.F.C.
Eric Messiter ...
Committee Member
Laidman Browne ...
Committee Member
Charles Carson ...
Doctor
Raymond Huntley ...
Official, National Physical Laboratory
Stanley Van Beers ...
Sir David Pye, C.B., F.R.S.
Hugh Manning ...
Official, Ministry of Aircraft Production
Colin Tapley ...
Doctor W. H. Glanville, C.B., C.B.E.
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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 dramatic true-life story of the men who broke the Nazis' back! See more »

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Drama | History | War

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16 July 1955 (USA)  »

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The Dambusters  »

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Richard Todd, who plays Guy Gibson VC in the Dam Busters, also played Major John Howard in "The Longest Day". Major Howard led the first action on D Day, the attack and seizure of the bridges over the Orne River and Caen Canal,now known as Pegasus Bridge In reality, Richard Todd, who was a paratroop Captain on D Day, led the first of the main force paratroops sent to relieve the Pegasus Bridge attackers. See more »

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Shortly after the Lancasters take off from RAF Scampton (which is north of Lincoln) for the raid, they fly over Lincoln Cathedral. However they're shown flying over the Cathedral heading north (the smaller twin Cathedral towers are at the west end of the building) and back in the direction of Scampton. See more »

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Bomber Harris: [Wallis and Summers have come into his office] Hello, Mutt. Wallis.
Doctor B. N. Wallis, C.B.E., F.R.S.: Good morning.
Bomber Harris: What is it you want?
Doctor B. N. Wallis, C.B.E., F.R.S.: I've got an idea for destroying the Ruhr Dams. The effects on Germany would be enormous.
Bomber Harris: I know all that. I've read the report.
[thumps file folder on his desk]
Bomber Harris: But, do you *really* think you can knock down a dam with *that* thing?
Doctor B. N. Wallis, C.B.E., F.R.S.: Yes.
Bomber Harris: Well, it looks clever enough on paper. But that goes for *all* of these wheezy ideas. When you try to make them work, they fall down *flat*.
Doctor B. N. Wallis, C.B.E., F.R.S.: This one doesn't.
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Inspired Star Wars sequence, despite the dog's name.
20 March 1999 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

It appears that the attack sequences in The Dam Busters were the direct inspiration for the attack on the Death Star in the first Star Wars film. Some of the dialogue is word-for-word, and it is very interesting to watch these two films back to back.

Also, in the original edit of the film, the dog's name (a black labrador) was a historically accurate but socially unacceptable "Nigger". One edit changed the spoken word to "Trigger," while another release cut all scenes with the offending word. This was unfortunate, because parts of the plot became unintelligible -- the dog's name was one of the code-words used during the attack.


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