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The Dam Busters -- True story of how the British attacked German dams in WW2 by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.


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Paul Brickhill (book)
Guy Gibson (based on Wing Comdr. Gibson's own account in "Enemy Coast Ahead")
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Release Date:
16 July 1955 (USA) See more »
The dramatic true-life story of the men who broke the Nazis' back! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Redgrave ... Doctor B. N. Wallis, C.B.E., F.R.S.

Ursula Jeans ... Mrs. Wallis
Charles Carson ... 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 ... Committee Member
Eric Messiter ... Committee Member
Laidman Browne ... Committee Member
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 ... Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris (now Marshal of the Royal Air Force) G.C.B., O.B.E., A.F.C.
Ernest Clark ... Air Vice-Marshal The Hon. Ralph Cochrane (now Air Chief Marshal) G.B.E., K.C.B., A.F.C.
Derek Farr ... Group Captain J. N. H. Whitworth, D.S.O., D.F.C.
Laurence Naismith ... Farmer
Harold Siddons ... Group Signals Officer
Frank Phillips ... B.B.C. Announcer

Richard Todd ... Wing Commander Guy Gibson, V.C., D.S.O., D.F.C.
Brewster Mason ... Flt / Lt. R. D. Trevor-Roper, D.F.C., D.F.M.
Tony Doonan ... Flt / Lt. R. E. G. Hutchison, D.F.C. (as Anthony Doonan)

Nigel Stock ... Flying / Off. F. M. Spafford, D.F.C., D.F.M.
Brian Nissen ... Flt / Lt. A. T. Taerum, D.F.C.

Robert Shaw ... Flt / Sgt. J. Pulford, D.F.M.
Peter Assinder ... Plt / Off. G. A. Deering, D.F.C.
Richard Leech ... Squadron Leader H. M. Young, D.F.C.

Richard Thorp ... Squadron Leader H. E. Maudslay, D.F.C.
John Fraser ... Flight Lieutenant J. V. Hopgood, D.F.C.
David Morrell ... Flight Lieutenant W. Astell, D.F.C.
Bill Kerr ... Flight Lieutenant H. B. Martin, D.S.O., D.F.C., A.F.C. (now Wing Commander)

George Baker ... Flight Lieutenant D. J. H. Maltby, D.S.O., D.F.C.
Ronald Wilson ... Flight Lieutenant D. J. Shannon, D.S.O., D.F.C. (later Squadron Leader)
Denys Graham ... Flying Officer L. G. Knight, D.S.O.
Basil Appleby ... Flight Lieutenant R. C. Hay, D.F.C.

Tim Turner ... Flight Lieutenant J. F. Leggo, D.F.C.
Ewen Solon ... Flight Sergeant G. E. Powell
Harold Goodwin ... Wing Comdr. Gibson's Batman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Breslin ... Crew member (uncredited)
Edward Cast ... Crew Member (uncredited)
Richard Coleman ... RAF Officer (uncredited)

Peter Diamond ... Tail Gunner (uncredited)
Gerald Harper ... Mocking RAF Officer (uncredited)
Arthur Howard ... RAF Pay Clerk In NAAFI (uncredited)
Lloyd Lamble ... Collins (uncredited)
Philip Latham ... Flight Sergeant (uncredited)

Patrick McGoohan ... Guard on Door (uncredited)
Jack McNaughton ... Waiter (uncredited)
Nina Parry ... Barnes Wallace's Daughter (uncredited)
Edwin Richfield ... RAF Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Anderson 
Writing credits
Paul Brickhill (book)

Guy Gibson (based on Wing Comdr. Gibson's own account in "Enemy Coast Ahead") (as Wing Comdr. Gibson)

R.C. Sherriff (screenplay)

Original Music by
Leighton Lucas (music score)
Cinematography by
Erwin Hillier (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard Best 
Casting by
Robert Lennard 
G.B. Walker 
Art Direction by
Robert Jones 
Makeup Department
Hilda Fox .... hairdresser (as Hilda Winifred Fox)
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert Clark .... director in charge of production
Gordon Scott .... production manager
W.A. Whittaker .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Street .... assistant director
Frederic Goode .... assistant director: location (uncredited)
Jeremy Summers .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Bill Beavis .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Peter Glazier .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Wallis Smith .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Les Hammond .... sound recordist (as Leslie Hammond)
Harold V. King .... recording director (as H.V. King)
Arthur Southgate .... dubbing editor
Eric Bayman .... boom operator (uncredited)
H. Blackmore .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Len Shilton .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Hugh Strain .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Jim Whiting .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
George Blackwell .... special effects
Gilbert Taylor .... special effects photography
Visual Effects by
Ronnie Wass .... optical effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Erwin Hillier .... aerial photography
Norman Warwick .... camera operator
Steve Birtles .... electrician (uncredited)
Chick Macnaughton .... focus puller (uncredited)
Bob Penn .... still photographer (uncredited)
Kelvin Pike .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Kelvin Pike .... focus puller (uncredited)
Ronnie Pilgrim .... still photographer (uncredited)
Val Stewart .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Brian West .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Tony White .... focus puller: second unit (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Philip Barnikel .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Joan Warwick .... assembly cutter (uncredited)
Music Department
Louis Levy .... musical director
Transportation Department
Eddie Frewin .... unit driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Thelma Orr .... continuity
J.N.H. Whitworth .... technical adviser (as Group Captain J. N. H. Whitworth D.S.O. D.F.C.)
Daphne Paice .... production secretary (uncredited)

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • A.V. Roe Ltd.  the producers wish to acknowledge also the valuable help received from (as Messrs. A.V. Roe & Co. Ltd.)
  • Air Ministry, The  the producers wish to acknowledge the extensive facilities accorded by (as the Air Ministry)
  • Associated British Studio Orchestra  music score performed by (as The Associated British Studio Orchestra)
  • IMS Film & Media Insurance  insurance
  • Members of 617 Squadron  they wish also to record their appreciation of the approval willingly given to the telling of this story by all those represented in it and by the next of kin of, who, from this or later operations, did not return (as the many members of 617 Squadron)
  • Members of the Royal Air Force  the producers wish to acknowledge the extensive facilities accorded by (as members of the Royal Air Force)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
124 min | USA:105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (DVD rating) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1955) | Norway:12 | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #17528)

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This is one of the films that George Lucas used clips from to edit the rough cut of Star Wars (1977) (which utilizes many features of the finale of this film quite closely, notably the briefing, the ground staff waiting for news, the troika formation of the attacking aircraft and so on). In Addition, the following exchange from this film is reproduced almost verbatim (with the exception of the characters' names) in "Star Wars": Gibson: "How many guns d'you think there are, Trevor?" Trevor: "I'd say there's about 10 guns - some in the field and some in the tower".See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Guy Gibson was depicted as congenial, friendly and gregarious. However people he worked with, both air crews and ground staff considered him to be a loner, a strict disciplinarian and having little personality.See more »
Flight Sgt. J. Pulford, DFM:[watching morse lamp signals between the two other planes in formation] Martin's having a chat with Hopgood.
Gibson:What's he saying, Hutch?
Flight Lt. R.E.G. Hutchison, DFC:He says we're going to get screechers tomorrow night.
Gibson:Sure we are. Biggest binge of all time.
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62 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
Tally-Ho!(etc.), 30 October 2000
Author: Reaper Man ( from Cambridge, England

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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