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Decision Against Time (1957)

The Man in the Sky (original title)
The efforts of test pilot John Mitchell to make a better life for his wife Mary and their two children seem doomed to failure and he blames himself. At the Conway Aero-Manufacturing Company... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Mitchell
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Mary Mitchell
Jeremy Bodkin ...
Nicholas Mitchell
Gerard Lohan ...
Walter Fitzgerald ...
Conway
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Peter Hook
Eddie Byrne ...
Ashmore
Victor Maddern ...
Joe Biggs
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Keith
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Crabtree
Catherine Lacey ...
Mary's Mother
Megs Jenkins ...
Mrs. Snowden
Ernest Clark ...
Maine
Raymond Francis ...
Jenkins
Russell Waters ...
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The efforts of test pilot John Mitchell to make a better life for his wife Mary and their two children seem doomed to failure and he blames himself. At the Conway Aero-Manufacturing Company of Wolverhampton, Mitchell is to take the company's new rocket-propulsion transport plane up for tests, fully loaded and carrying two important passengers - Ministry official Crabtree and buyer's representative Ashmore. Mitchell learns from his boss, Reg Conway, that if Ashmore does not recommend the plane, the company will be out of business and Mitchell out of a job, since the plane is not even insured as the firm's entire capital is tied up in the plane. Aloft, an engine catches fire and the passengers and other crew bail out, but Mitchell refuses to obey orders to jettison the plane in the Irish Sea. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Dare-devil test pilot takes you on a nerve-tingling adventure! See more »

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12 July 1957 (USA)  »

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$486,000 (estimated)
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1.75 : 1
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The first Ealing Studios production after the company left its Ealing site. The movie was made at MGM-British at Borehamwood. The famous "Ealing Studios" logo was changed to "Ealing Films". The film was also the first Ealing film to be released by MGM rather than Rank Film Distributors, marking a move from Rank's Odeon and Gaumont circuit to the rival ABC circuit, which MGM was aligned with. See more »

Goofs

When Mary returns home from watching Mitch land the plane, she rushes into the kitchen to see their two sons sitting at the table where she had instructed them to stay when she left the house. The younger boy has a boiled egg in the egg holder on his plate, but on the cut from the opposite side of the room the egg has disappeared. See more »

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Referenced in The 1950's: Music, Memories & Milestones (1988) See more »

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The story-line is simplicity itself
2 July 2001 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Nothing could be more straightforward than this story-line : a pilot - alone in the aircraft - is unable to land it. Yet the director and cast not only build up the suspense, but they also present to the audience, through the opinions of those on the ground, conflicting interpretations of what is going on in the pilot's mind. The result is that the simple story-line is seen to contain moral dilemmas which have no simple solution.


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