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First Light (2010)

In May 1940 eighteen-year old Geoffrey Wellum joins the 92 squadron of the Royal Air Force and is taken to the pub,where pilots who have seen action sign their names on a blackboard. Next ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sam Heughan ... Geoffrey 'Boy' Wellum
Gary Lewis ... Mac
Ben Aldridge ... Brian Kingcombe
Alex Robertson Alex Robertson ... Tommy Lund
Paul Kynman ... Bevington
Paul Tinto ... Davy
Jordan Bernarde ... Trevor Wade
Alex Waldmann ... Drummond
Tuppence Middleton ... Grace
Richard Walsh ... Mr. Wellum
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Martin Poole Martin Poole ... Homeguard
Geoffrey Wellum Geoffrey Wellum ... Himself - Older 'Boy'
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In May 1940 eighteen-year old Geoffrey Wellum joins the 92 squadron of the Royal Air Force and is taken to the pub,where pilots who have seen action sign their names on a blackboard. Next day,with no flying experience,he is expected to pilot a Spitfire;he is nervous but exhilarated. Soon he is seeing action against the Luftwaffe,his sense of duty dispelling fear,and,having taken part in the Battle of Britain,is awarded a medal,though he never signs the blackboard. By 1941 he has flown fifty missions and feels invincible,though he sees friends die and in 1942 the stress causes him to have a breakdown. However he survives the war and,in the present,talks direct to camera,voicing his feelings about his service experiences. Written by don @ minifie-1

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English

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14 September 2010 (UK) See more »

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Sam Heughan and Gary Lewis also start in hit Starz series Outlander together. Colum MacKenzie (Gary Lewis) is Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) Uncle. See more »

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Edited from Battle of Britain (1969) See more »

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"Must try harder"...
1 August 2015 | by Adams5905See all my reviews

I wasn't really taken with this-we've seen it all before, done better elsewhere, when the vintage aircraft necessary to put the flying sequences together weren't quite so scarce (or valuable), and there was less reliance on SFX-the world has become a poorer place since the introduction of CGI. It's difficult to pinpoint exactly what was missing from this production. The lead character, while not simply two-dimensional, gave nothing to quicken the blood. Even the 'scramble' scenes seemed slow and plodding, as though the actors were simply doing it by the numbers. Some of the action footage was unforgivably bad (as has been pointed out elsewhere, some of it was pinched from other films), and there was little in the way of back-story or characterization. The film wasn't improved by punctuation from the (fictional) lead character as an old man, analyzing his attitudes and feelings at the time... It was rather as though the cast felt as exhausted and bone-weary as the boys felt in 1941...All in all, I should say turn off the TV, and enjoy a good book like 'Sigh for a Merlin', or, re-watch one of the classics like "Battle of Britain" or even "633 Squadron", which convey that sense of urgency and derring-do far more convincingly-one last thing, another reviewer here has questioned whether the sound footage was really the real McCoy: I concur, a Merlin has a much denser, richer, raucous sound-these were obviously piston engines, possibly Merlin Is, but more likely Kestrels or Goshawks.


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