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 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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27 July 1956 (Ireland)  »

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Vainqueur du ciel  »

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£380,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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This film's opening prologue states: "Douglas Bader has become a legend in his own life time. His courage was not only an example to those in War but is now a source of inspiration to many in Peace. For dramatic purposes it has been necessary in this film to transpose in time certain events in Douglas Bader's life and also to re-shape some of the characters involved in this story. The Producers apologise to those who may have been affected by any changes or omissions." 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 »

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[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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Referenced in A Profile of 'A Town Like Alice' (2001) See more »

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Love Is the Sweetest Thing
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Written by Ray Noble
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One of the best.
24 March 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Along with 633 Squadron and The Dambusters, this film is probably the best war film ever made.

It's not surprising that all these films are British made, without the Hollywood "hero" spin.

The film tells of the indominable spirit of Douglas Bader, and his rise back to health and active service after losing both legs in an air crash.

Semi-autobiographical, it runs pretty close to the true story of a man who inspired many, both during the Second World War and after.

If you've not seen it, don't be put off by the black & white, or the lack of CGI. Simply go and buy or hire it and sit back and enjoy.


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