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Across the Lake (1988)

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Across The Lake charts the last sixty days in the life of speed ace Donald Campbell who in 1967 famously crashed his craft "The Bluebird" whilst trying the break the 300mph barrier on Coniston Water.



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Credited cast:
Phyllis Calvert ...
Lady Dolly Campbell
Betty Buckley
Robert East ...
Ken Norris
Jonathan Elsom ...
Norman Buckley
Nicholas Fry ...
Juliette Grassby ...
Peter Harlowe ...
David Benson
Terence Harvey ...
Frank Muller
Leo Villa
Connie Robinson
Jeffrey Longmore ...
Peter Meakin ...
TV interviewer
Guy Oliver-Watts ...
Young reporter


Across The Lake charts the last sixty days in the life of speed ace Donald Campbell who in 1967 famously crashed his craft "The Bluebird" whilst trying the break the 300mph barrier on Coniston Water.

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A través del lago  »

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On May 26, 2001, Donald Campbell's remains were found and the next day were placed in a casket and raised to the surface for a proper burial. See more »


The scene on the evening before the record attempt, we see Donald Campbell picking up the phone and calling his wife. This was not correct. In fact, it was his wife who telephoned him. First she tried (through the operator) to reach him at the hotel, but he was not there. He was in the boathouse. So the operator connects her there. However, before the operator puts her through, he wishes Donald "good luck"for tomorrow. See more »

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Good attempt in covering a great British hero's final days
11 March 2004 | by (South-East) – See all my reviews

I never understood why this has never been released on DVD or video in the U.K. It was released on video in Austrailia and fetches very high prices in auctions.

Anthony Hopkins delivers a fantastic performance as Donald Campbell. The movie is a good attempt in covering his final days but has been spiced up for the screen. There are quite a few in-accuracies but i think that has been done to draw a wider audience rather than just the die hard Campbell fanatics like myself. This film has been scrutinised by many experts for it's inaccuracies, mainly down to the K7 Bluebird hydroplane. Wrong colour for starters.

There are 1000's of people wanting this released on DVD but all requests fall on deaf ears.

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