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 … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Brickhill, Wing Commander Guy Gibson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 17, 2006
Warner Bros. Pictures



as Dr. Barnes N. Wallis

as Mrs. Wallis

as Sir David Pye

as Dr. W.H. Glanville

as Wing Cmdr. Guy Gibso...

as Official from Minist...

as Group Capt. J.N.H. W...

as Capt. Joseph Summers

as Flight Lt. Hopgood

as Sir Arthur Harris

as AVM Ralph Cochrane

as Flt/Lt. R.D. Trevor-...

as Flight Lt. Hutchison

as Flight Lt. Spafford

as Flight Lt. Maltby

as BBC Announcer

as Committee Member

as Committee Member

as Committee Member

as Observers at Trials

as Observers at Trials

as R.A.F. Officer at Tr...

as Group Signals Office...

as Flt/Lt. A.T. Taerum

as Flight Sgt. Pulford

as Sqd Ldr. H.M. Young

as Sqd Ldr. H.F. Maudsl...

as Flight Lt. Martin

as Flying/Off. L.G. Kni...

as Flt/Lt. R.C. Hay

as Flt/Lt. J.P. Leggo

as Flt/Sgt. G.E. Powell

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 Verser

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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