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Reach for the Sky (1956)

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
Muriel Pavlow ...
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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Taglines:

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  »

Box Office

Budget:

£380,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To depict the various Royal Air Force bases realistically, principal filming took place in Surrey at RAF Kenley, and around the village of Bagshot. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

Referenced in The Return of 'Allo 'Allo! (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

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