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Theodore Honey is an aeronautical engineer being sent to Labrador from London to examine the wreckage of a new passenger plane designed by his company. His theory is that the planes are susceptible to metal fatigue after a specific amount of time in the air. The absent minded Honey boards the Reindeer class plane and only realizes that this plane is due to fail in the next few hours after the plane is airborne. He decides to warn the crew and creates an incident regardless of whether he is right or wrong.Written by
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The plane used for the "Rutland Reindeer" is actually a heavily modified Handley Page HP-70 Halifax. In the film it has the fake registration G-AFOH. Its real registration was G-AJNW. This was a C.VIII version used for cargo and passenger transport. It flew 116 missions during the Berlin Airlift. After its numerous modifications for this film, it was unflyable and was scrapped after production was finished. See more »
The airplane is described as being powered by piston engines; the sounds, the cockpit area, the flight engineer's controls are made to look like a piston engine airplane of that era. Yet, the engine nacelles on the airplane are that of a turbojet or turboprop. That is, a jet engine with a propeller. See more »
All those people there, makes you wonder which one you would pick out to save if you were God, which one would matter much?
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This is one of the better examples of how to craft a drama with just enough humor to lighten the load at just the right times. Most of the credit has to go to Jimmy Stewart, who infuses his character with hilarious absent-mindedness. We constantly have a chuckle at Theodore Honey, yet all the while we are witness to his personal metamorphosis from disinterested and detached scientist to caring and energetic activist.
The whole movie uses technology as the vehicle within which the protagonist lives, works, and eventually changes, but this movie is not about nuts and bolts; it is ultimately about personal transformation - Nothing is the same for Mr. Honey by the end of the film. The joy is watching the transformation, bit by bit, as events literally overtake him.
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