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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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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  »

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Budget:

£380,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Kenneth More was paid £25,000 for his role. 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

Robert Desoutter: You'll never walk again without a stick.
Bader: Damn that! I'll never walk with one!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Goodnight Sweetheart
(uncredited)
Written by Ray Noble, Reginald Connelly and Jimmy Campbell
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The Right Stuff!
11 May 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It's always encouraging to see the indomitable human spirit gain control against all odds. How easy it would have been for pilot Douglas Bader, played by Kenneth More here, to simply give in to circumstances, drop out of active life, and lead a limited existence all because of a dreadful plane accident in which he lost both legs. But he didn't choose to go that way, and with the advent of WW2 he managed to resume his active pilot career despite the fact of having artificial legs, and had more than a few adventures which he survived. I like this movie for its positive grasp of life and living, and shows that you can create your world if you have singleminded determination. Also of interest were the real life film footage of aerial manoeuvrings used from the war. I'd recommend this war movie any time.


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