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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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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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1.85 : 1
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Kenneth More had his legs cased in Aluminium in order to accurately convey Bader's style of walking with his metal legs. See more »

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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 refuses to perfom some low flying for a trio of civilian pilots]
Civilian Pilot: Typical, these Air Force boys only perform when there's a crowd!
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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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Inspirational British World War II Air Force drama
1 May 2000 | by (Telford, England) – See all my reviews

What do you mean, you haven't seen this film? A classic World War 2 RAF adventure film depicting the true British spirit of one man's (Douglas Bader) fight to overcome the loss of both legs in a flying accident, to become a Wing Commander in the Battle of Britain. Lewis Gilbert keeps the film crackling along at a fast pace with Kenneth More, at the peak of his form, delivering the goods with a first rate supporting cast - don't miss it.


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