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Reach for the Sky (1956)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, War | 27 July 1956 (Ireland)
Biopic of RAF Group Captain Douglas Bader who, after having lost both legs, flew a British fighter plane during WW2.

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Douglas Bader
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Thelma Bader
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Johnny Sanderson
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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
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Air Vice-Marshal Halahan
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

| (TCM Print)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kenneth More initially felt he was too old to play Bader. See more »

Goofs

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

[Bader finds out that 242 squadron has not received replacements for the spares and tools they lost when they pulled out of France]
Warr. Off. West: We've applied for replacements through the usual channels, Sir.
Bader: And?
Warr. Off. West: Well, the usual channels appear to be clogged.
Bader: *Are* they? Well, We'll ruddy well *unclog* 'em!
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Connections

Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Goodnight Sweetheart
(uncredited)
Written by Ray Noble, Reginald Connelly and Jimmy Campbell
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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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