The British are desperate to shorten the length of World War II and propose a daring raid to smash Germany's industrial heart. At first, the objective looks impossible until a British scientist invents an ingenious weapon capable of destroying the planned target.Written by
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Following the terrible death toll of the aircrews involved in the Dambusters raid, Barnes Wallis made a conscious effort never again to endanger the lives of his test pilots. See more »
The Lancaster shown flying over the Derwent Reservoir is not a Dam Busters aircraft, in that it has bomb-bay doors and a mid-upper turret, both missing from the AVRO Lancaster Mk.IIIs Type 464 (Provisioning) aircraft used in Operation Chastise. See more »
Entertaining and enjoyable stuff for those of us brought up surrounded by the people who went through WW1 and WW2. I feel I should mention that those people I knew who went through the realities of WW1 and WW2 actually never ever watched war movies, I always had to immediately switch the TV over whenever a war film came on, for both granddads, far too many bad memories.
For those who criticise the special effects, sweets were rationed until 1953, Britain of the early 1950s was struggling with post WW2 austerity. Rationing finally ended in 1954, a year before this film was made. In the early 1950s people were more concerned with things like Tuberculosis and polio, not special effects.
This film is stirring stuff, portraying an uphill battle and a race against time to complete an almost impossible task. I've watched Dambusters many times and find it hugely enjoyable, the music in particular, really pumps you up and sucks the viewer in, while the acting performances are all good, particularly Redgrave as Barnes Wallis.
Gibsons dog ni99er is a bone of contention nowadays amongst those who are concerned with irrelevant minutiae, but that's because there's actually not very much else to worry about nowadays. This I feel would actually be hugely reassuring for those people who fought in the war.
What really struck me when I watched Dambusters recently was that the 19 planes on that mission were actually the only planes over the whole of Europe on that particular clear moonlit night. It was almost a suicide mission because those guys were up against the entire German night defence system, who were very very capable by 1943. Normal bombing operations were considered far too dangerous for that night and the film skips over this pretty smartly during the briefing.
All in all a fitting tribute to a group of very brave men.
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