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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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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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Trivia

Biggest grossing British film of 1956 and the most successful film in the UK since Gone with the Wind (1939). See more »

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The scenes set in the days leading up to the onset of the Second World War feature late model Mark XVI Spitfires with 'teardrop' canopies, four-bladed propellers and cannon in the wings. In addition, the serial number on one aircraft (VT151) was an unused number from a block allocated to Gloster for a batch of Meteor F Mk 4's. (The serial can't be V7151 either, as this was an unused number from a block allocated to Gloster for a batch of Hawker Hurricanes - Gloster being part of the Hawker group). See more »

Quotes

Turner: Legs or no legs, I've never seen such a mobile fireball.
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Written by Ray Noble, Reginald Connelly and Jimmy Campbell
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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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