Biopic of RAF Group Captain Douglas Bader who, after having lost both legs, flew a British fighter plane during WW2.

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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
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Nurse Brace
Michael Warre ...
Harry Day
Sydney Tafler ...
Robert Desoutter
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'Woody' Woodhall (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Jack Watling ...
Peel
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Streatfield
Anne Leon ...
Sister Thornhill
Charles Carson ...
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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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£380,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the opening scene, raw recruits at Cranwell carry out a short but very complicated drill maneuver in civilian dress. In reality they would have known nothing on that first day. In fact the "raw recruits" all seem to be ex-Public School boys where they would have been drilled as cadets in school as part of the curriculum, as was common practice until relatively recently. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

All By Yourself in the Moonlight
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Written by Jay Wallis (pseudonym of Ralph T. Butler)
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Stirring stuff.
16 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'The channels are blocked? Then we'll ruddy well UNblock 'em!' This is the point in the film where I feel like cheering, as it perfectly sums up Bader's 'can do, will do' approach. It's the true story of Douglas Bader, a young flying enthusiast who went on to be a fearless WW2 Spitfire pilot, losing both legs in the process. His struggle to walk again, his courting of a pretty girl and his later formation of 'the big wing' in the fight against the Nazi invasion are laid out here with gusto, verve and a little humour. Kenneth More is excellent as Bader, using his natural, relaxed acting technique to give the part a free-wheeling energy. The very pretty Muriel Pavlow plays his wife who grows increasingly concerned at his derring-do, and there is a solid cast of British regulars of the time. The music is stirring, the direction brisk and the story itself is straight out of a Boys' Own comic. What more could you ask for? A perfect Sunday afternoon film.


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