Biopic of RAF Group Captain Douglas Bader who, after having lost both legs, flew a British fighter plane during WW2.

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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
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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 ...
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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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Trivia

Wing Commander Harry Day (played by Michael Warre) who had been shot down very early in the war, was a mastermind in numerous mass POW escape attempts, including the breakout from Stalag Luft 3 in March 1944 - later immortalised in The Great Escape (1963). However Day's role in the actual escape isn't directly mentioned - credit being given to Roger Bushell - the other mastermind of that attempt. Bushell was one of the 50 executed after recapture. Day was recaptured but survived, despite being sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp - and escaping from there, being recaptured again. He survived the war being held in the death cells at Sachsenhausen for many months, later becoming technical advisor to this film. See more »

Goofs

When Bader is demonstrating his ability to fly the Hurricane to his new squadron of Canadian pilots, there is a long cut of the plane flying upside-down in a straight line. This was impossible in the Hurricane, as it had a gravity-fed carburettor. If you look carefully at the clouds, and how the sunlight reflects from them, the image has clearly been inverted. See more »

Quotes

Robert Desoutter: You'll never walk again without a stick.
Bader: Damn that! I'll never walk with one!
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Referenced in The Return of 'Allo 'Allo! (2007) See more »

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Love Is the Sweetest Thing
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Written by Ray Noble
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Stirring stuff.
16 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'The channels are blocked? Then we'll ruddy well UNblock 'em!' This is the point in the film where I feel like cheering, as it perfectly sums up Bader's 'can do, will do' approach. It's the true story of Douglas Bader, a young flying enthusiast who went on to be a fearless WW2 Spitfire pilot, losing both legs in the process. His struggle to walk again, his courting of a pretty girl and his later formation of 'the big wing' in the fight against the Nazi invasion are laid out here with gusto, verve and a little humour. Kenneth More is excellent as Bader, using his natural, relaxed acting technique to give the part a free-wheeling energy. The very pretty Muriel Pavlow plays his wife who grows increasingly concerned at his derring-do, and there is a solid cast of British regulars of the time. The music is stirring, the direction brisk and the story itself is straight out of a Boys' Own comic. What more could you ask for? A perfect Sunday afternoon film.


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