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The true story of airman Douglas Bader who overcame the loss of both legs in a 1931 flying accident to become a successful fighter pilot and wing leader during World War II.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Douglas Bader
Muriel Pavlow ...
Thelma Bader
Lyndon Brook ...
Johnny Sanderson
Lee Patterson ...
Turner
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Mr. Joyce
Dorothy Alison ...
Nurse Brace
Michael Warre ...
Harry Day
Sydney Tafler ...
Robert Desoutter
Howard Marion-Crawford ...
'Woody' Woodhall (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Jack Watling ...
Peel
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Streatfield
Anne Leon ...
Sister Thornhill
Charles Carson ...
Ronald Adam ...
Walter Hudd ...
Air Vice-Marshal Halahan
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The true story of airman Douglas Bader who overcame the loss of both legs in a 1931 flying accident to become a successful fighter pilot and wing leader during World War II. Written by E.A. Milne <eamilne@bitmailer.net>

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Valor That Soars Beyond the Limits of Man's Endurance...Drama That Probes Beneath the Surface of Wartime Emotions See more »

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Biography | Drama | War

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Release Date:

27 July 1956 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Vainqueur du ciel  »

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Budget:

£380,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(archive footage)|

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kenneth More initially felt he was too old to play Bader. See more »

Goofs

During the meeting in Dowding's office there is a RAF plaque on his desk with a Queen's crown on it, which was correct for when the film was made, but when as the film is set in 1940 it should have been a King's crown. See more »

Quotes

Bader: Mr Blake!
Blake: Yes, Sir?
Bader: Where can I buy a Spitfire?
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All By Yourself in the Moonlight
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Written by Jay Wallis (pseudonym of Ralph T. Butler)
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Great Movie!
28 April 2003 | by (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The facts of Douglas Bader's life were accurately portrayed in this excellent movie. It is a great movie to watch when you are feeling lousy, and life has got you down. Douglas Bader had an amazing spirit, and lived life to the fullest. Eventhough his lost both of his legs in a flying accident. That did not stop him from becoming a war hero. Who contributed a lot to destroy Nazism, and to preserve our free way of life. I salute Douglas Bader, and this excellent movie about his life.


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