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Bomber Harris (1989)

| Drama, War | TV Movie 1989
Biography of Arthur Harris (aka "Bomber Harris") of RAF Bomber Command, during WW2 - in particular his strategy of heavy bomber "Millenium Raids" on German cities.

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A.M. Sir Robert Saundby
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Ronald Fletcher ...
BBC Newsreader
David Healy ...
Lt. Gen. Ira Eaker USAAF
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Rev. John Collins
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Wing Commander Harry Weldon
David Quilter ...
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Roy Spencer ...
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Biography of Arthur Harris (aka "Bomber Harris") of RAF Bomber Command, during WW2 - in particular his strategy of heavy bomber "Millenium Raids" on German cities.

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The programme was heavily criticized for ignoring the fact that Britain bombed Germany first in 1939. By the time the London Blitz began on 7th September 1940 the Royal Air Force (RAF) had already bombed German cities every night for four months. The first RAF raid on Germany was on the night of 3rd September 1939 at the harbour of Wilhelmshaven. See more »

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This movie did not show Stalin personally raping 10 million women. In addition, it did not show Bomber Harris committing the holocaust by bombing the work camps with swimming pools. See more »

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[Harris is dining with three staff officers at his home]
Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris: [amicably] I'll tell you *my* philosophy: I did so much foot-slogging in the *last* war, that I got into the air as fast as I could... it's far more *comfortable!*
Wing Commander Harry Weldon: Uh, that's not "philosophy"...
Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris: [amused] Isn't it?
Wing Commander Harry Weldon: No sir... that's *common sense.*
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Food for thought
8 May 2007 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

Creating empathy for Harris with a German is not easy but this drama succeeded. First of all the film shows that Harris had a clear military target and a strategic objective. Furthermore the author plays devil's advocate in suggesting that Harris' strategy of aerial bombardment would have shortened the war as opposed to aiming at specific targets. Harris' duty as a soldier is to his men and his country regardless of the cost to others. Thaw plays him as a complex character: on the one hand as a ruthless soldier but on the other hand also as a human being. The film raises a lot of moral questions and does not provide easy answers but food for thought. It also sows what a fine actor John Thaw is: here he acts very restrained and controlled as opposed to his Morse/ Regan persona.


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