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The Dam Busters (1954)




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The British The Dam Busters is the story of the development and utilization of the "bouncing bombs" in World War II. Michael Redgrave stars as Dr. Barnes Wallis, who developed these unorthodox explosives. Wallis' invention is put to practical use during the British raid on the Ruhr Dams in Germany. Most of the film is devoted to the two years spent in creating the bombs and training the pilots; the final sequence is a special-effects masterpiece, even allowing for the obvious models standing in for the dams. Adapted by R.C. Sherriff from both Guy Gibson's book Enemy Coast Ahead and Paul Brickhill's The Dam Busters, this film was Britain's biggest box-office success of 1955. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Brickhill, Wing Commander Guy Gibson
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On DVD: Oct 17, 2006
Warner Bros. Pictures

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Michael Redgrave
as Dr. Barnes N. Wallis
Ursula Jeans
as Mrs. Wallis
Stanley Van Beers
as Sir David Pye
Colin Tapley
as Dr. W.H. Glanville
Richard Todd
as Wing Cmdr. Guy Gibso...
Raymond Huntley
as Official from Minist...
Derek Farr
as Group Capt. J.N.H. W...
Patrick Barr
as Capt. Joseph Summers
John Fraser
as Flight Lt. Hopgood
Basil Sydney
as Sir Arthur Harris
Ernest Clark
as AVM Ralph Cochrane
Brewster Mason
as Flt/Lt. R.D. Trevor-...
Anthony Doonan
as Flight Lt. Hutchison
Nigel Stock
as Flight Lt. Spafford
George Baker
as Flight Lt. Maltby
Frank Phillips
as BBC Announcer
Frederick Leister
as Committee Member
Eric Messiter
as Committee Member
Laidman Browne
as Committee Member
Edwin Styles
as Observers at Trials
Hugh Moxey
as Observers at Trials
Anthony Shaw
as R.A.F. Officer at Tr...
Harold Siddons
as Group Signals Office...
Brian Nissen
as Flt/Lt. A.T. Taerum
Robert Shaw
as Flight Sgt. Pulford
Richard Leech
as Sqd Ldr. H.M. Young
Richard Thorp
as Sqd Ldr. H.F. Maudsl...
Bill Kerr
as Flight Lt. Martin
Denys Graham
as Flying/Off. L.G. Kni...
Basil Appleby
as Flt/Lt. R.C. Hay
Tim Turner
as Flt/Lt. J.P. Leggo
Ewen Solon
as Flt/Sgt. G.E. Powell
Patrick McGoohan
as Guard on Door
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Critic Reviews for The Dam Busters

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

One of the truly great war films.

Full Review… | February 18, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Starring Michael Redgrave, this exciting British WWII drama was nominated for the Special Effects Oscar.

Full Review… | July 4, 2005

August 2, 2005
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for The Dam Busters

I love films that combine my passion for WWII history with my passion for cinema.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

This isn't a bad movie, it's just boring, it would work better as a documentary or something because as a narrative film it's too boring.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

In "The Dam Busters," Barnes Wallis(Michael Redgrave), a research scientist at Vickers during World War II, and his doting wife(Ursula Jeans) do not so much raise their children, as breed them to be his lab assistants. His latest experiment involves a way to bomb the dams of the Ruhr Valley which could potentially cripple Germany's steel production. The high command is about to give up on this and let him play with his expensive toys somewhere in Scotland when he has a breakthrough. Even after a successful test with live aircraft, approval is slow in coming. But once it does, Wing Commander Guy Gibson(Richard Todd) is put in charge of the mission.

Based on a true story, "The Dam Busters" is a gripping tale of dogged determination in the face of adversity during wartime, taking the viewer through all the stages of a military mission from planning to completion. At the heart of it is the contrast between two men, Wallis, the thinker, and Gibson who implements the plan. Gibson does not contemplate what he has been ordered to do because on the surface it is quite insane and impossible. As a veteran of many bombing sorties, he knows he cannot afford to be emotional during a war which has its many peaks and valleys, not to mention down time.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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