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The Dam Busters (1955)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doctor B. N. Wallis, C.B.E., F.R.S.
Mrs. Wallis
Charles Carson ...
Stanley Van Beers ...
Sir David Pye, C.B., F.R.S.
Colin Tapley ...
Doctor W. H. Glanville, C.B., C.B.E.
Frederick Leister ...
Committee Member
Eric Messiter ...
Committee Member
Laidman Browne ...
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Raymond Huntley ...
Official, National Physical Laboratory
Hugh Manning ...
Official, Ministry of Aircraft Production
Patrick Barr ...
Captain Joseph (Mutt) Summers, C.B.E.
Edwin Styles ...
Observer At Trials
Hugh Moxey ...
Observer At Trials
Anthony Shaw ...
R.A.F. Officer At Trials
Basil Sydney ...


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 <>

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The dramatic true-life story of the men who broke the Nazis' back! See more »


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Release Date:

16 July 1955 (USA)  »

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The Dambusters  »

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According to Richard Todd's autobiography the scene that upset him most during filming was the finale where Guy Gibson goes off to write letters to the families of the men killed on the raid. Todd, a paratrooper combat veteran of WW2 had written such letters for real. The scene brought it all back for him. See more »


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 »


Bomber Harris: Cochrane...!
[gestures for him to wait]
Bomber Harris: Don't go for a minute. What do you think of Wallis' idea for bursting the Ruhr Dams?
Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane: It sounds a bit far-fetched. But, personally, I think it could be done.
Bomber Harris: I hope you're right. Anyway, I've given it my support, and I've had orders to get ready. I want you to take it on.
Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane: Right, sir. I'd like to. It'll mean taking a squadron out of the line for special training.
Bomber Harris: No. We must form a special squadron for this. And man it with experienced crews who have just ...
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Very well made film.

A very well made film, with a good script, actors and supporting cast. The film recreates the technical problems of the bombs development and squadron training. However, being made so soon after the raid the film ignores the relative lack of impact of the raid on German war production. However, the bravery of the air crews is very well portrayed. Guy Gibson, who was killed later in the war, won a Victoria Cross for his part in the raid and his leadership.

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