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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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Storyline

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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Drama | History | War

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16 July 1955 (USA)  »

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The Dambusters  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Memory of the war was still quite fresh in British minds when the movie was released in 1954. The excitement and interest generated were such that, exceptionally, the Royal Command Performance of the movie had to be repeated the following night. Frank Phillips was present and read the official announcement of the raid, as he had done on radio in 1943 and in the film. See more »

Goofs

Gibson and Whitworth are sent off to select pilots for the new squadron. Their first selection is Les Knight, we are shown a photo of the actor Vincent Ball but when we meet the character Les Knight he is actually played by Denys Graham. See more »

Quotes

Gibson: How many guns do you think there are, Trevor?
Trevor-Roper: I'd say there are about ten guns - some in the field, and some in the tower.
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Referenced in Super Gran: Supergran and the Birthday Dambuster (1987) See more »

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The Dam Busters
March
by Eric Coates
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30 October 2000 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

By God, this is as definitive as a war film gets. It's on every year, and is as much a part of Christmas as getting drunk and Monopoly. Everyone in this Sceptred isle knows the theme to Dam Busters, and it causes more people to stand up and salute than God Save The Queen. It has moustachioed R.A.F boys, politely bespectacled scientists, laughable special effects, and an entirely predictable ending. It's a British institution, and I don't know where we'd be without it. You can keep your devolution and your New Labour, I've got Dam Busters and I'm not bloody budging.


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