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Reach for the Sky (1956)

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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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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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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
Nigel Green ...
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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Biography | Drama | War

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15 October 1956 (Denmark)  »

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£380,000 (estimated)
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Douglas Bader personally asked Dinah Sheridan to play the part of his wife, but her husband John Davis, who proposed to Dinah on the condition that she give up acting did not want her to accept the role. See more »

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(at around 2h) The German soldiers capturing wing-commander Bader are shown wearing Waffen SS steel helmets with Wehrmacht uniforms. Their collar patches are Wehrmacht patches while the white shield painted on their steel helmets clearly show the black SS runes. See more »

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Bader: [Bader is at a sanatorium in recovery and listening to a fellow patient complain about pains to one of his legs] . Have it off, old boy, have it off.
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Featured in Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill (1995) See more »

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Love Is the Sweetest Thing
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Written by Ray Noble
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11 May 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It's always encouraging to see the indomitable human spirit gain control against all odds. How easy it would have been for pilot Douglas Bader, played by Kenneth More here, to simply give in to circumstances, drop out of active life, and lead a limited existence all because of a dreadful plane accident in which he lost both legs. But he didn't choose to go that way, and with the advent of WW2 he managed to resume his active pilot career despite the fact of having artificial legs, and had more than a few adventures which he survived. I like this movie for its positive grasp of life and living, and shows that you can create your world if you have singleminded determination. Also of interest were the real life film footage of aerial manoeuvrings used from the war. I'd recommend this war movie any time.


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