7.1/10
120
4 user

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.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Sweeney (1975–1978)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

British Police television series, which revolutionized the genre on UK television in the mid 1970s, starring John Thaw as a hard-edged detective in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police.

Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

The story of Winston Churchill's life between 1929, when he lost his cabinet position, and 1939, when he joined Great Britain's War Cabinet - a period he described as the most difficult in his life.

Stars: Robert Hardy, Siân Phillips, Nigel Havers
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Marion Milne
Stars: Phil Davis, Robert Hardy, Jemma Redgrave
War and Remembrance (TV Mini-Series 1988)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The trials of the Henry and the Jastrow families amidst the events after the U.S.'s entry into World War II.

Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Seymour, Hart Bochner
The Woman He Loved (TV Movie 1988)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The love story between American divorcee Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII, that ended in his abdication for the woman he loved.

Director: Charles Jarrott
Stars: Anthony Andrews, Jane Seymour, Olivia de Havilland
The Gathering Storm (TV Movie 1974)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story of British prime minister Winston Churchill, focusing on his place in British life just prior to World War II.

Director: Herbert Wise
Stars: Richard Burton, Virginia McKenna, Robert Hardy
War Hunt (1962)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Dispatched to the front lines during the Korean War, an idealistic American soldier discovers the horrors of combat and comes at odds with a psychopathic member of his platoon.

Director: Denis Sanders
Stars: John Saxon, Charles Aidman, Sydney Pollack
Beachhead (1954)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In 1943, in the wake of the Allied amphibious landing on the Japanese held Bougainville Island, four Marines are sent to scout the location of Japanese minefields.

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Tony Curtis, Frank Lovejoy, Mary Murphy
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
Frederick Treves ...
...
A.M. Sir Robert Saundby
...
Jillie Harris
...
Group Capt Davidson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Ronald Fletcher ...
BBC Newsreader
David Healy ...
Lt. Gen. Ira Eaker USAAF
...
Fred Walsh
Roger Llewellyn ...
Rev. John Collins
...
Wing Commander Harry Weldon
David Quilter ...
Principal Medical Officer
Roy Spencer ...
Magnus Spence
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1989 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris: [Fuming about the difficulties of expanding his bomber forces] I don't need *a* miracle... I need a *half 'a dozen!*
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Not just biographically interesting but a wonderful drama in all areas
8 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

With the talent involved, I just knew Bomber Harris would be a treat and it did not disappoint. Production values-wise, some may not find it the most appealing with its confined theatre sets-like look, personally it wasn't a problem at all- they are admirably accurate and evoke the period very well, the way it's photographed at least shows someone with skill- as here it's not the production values that are most important but the story and Bomber Harris himself. Both of which are done wonderfully in this drama. The music cleverly uses music of the WWII period which gives it an evocative and nostalgic approach, likewise with the hauntingly melancholic Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven, matching equally the harrowing images seen on screen, seen with the use of footage of bombing raids. Bomber Harris is brilliantly written, the script is filled with lines that are thought-provoking and inspiring, Harris being shown with his qualities and his faults with no extremities. The story is compelling throughout and will suit anybody regardless of how much or how little you know of the man, it is really interesting for those new to the subject and want to know more and people already familiar with it will admire how Bomber Harris never tries to be one-sided or open-or-shut. Harris was a very controversial person(which I think was a potential problem for the story, sometimes the more controversial the person or subject the film or drama is on the more difficult they would be to portray without insulting), and Bomber Harris shows that clearly through not making him either a good or bad person. Not just that but instead of outright saying that he was good or bad Bomber Harris leaves it to the viewer to decide, which aside from how the story was executed was what made the drama as interesting as it was. The direction keeps things running smoothly, and the supporting cast are great particularly Robert Hardy who plays Churchill as if born to play him. But aside from the quality of the writing and storytelling, the best thing about Bomber Harris is the lead performance of John Thaw, Thaw was one of Britain's greatest actors in my view who was never less than good(again opinion) and judging from his mesmerising performance here this has to be one of his best performances. All in all, wonderfully done in all areas. 10/10 Bethany Cox


0 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?