Breaking the Sound Barrier (The Sound Barrier) 1952

Breaking the Sound Barrier

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With a passion for aviation design and engineering, wealthy oilman John Ridgefield (Ralph Richardson) is determined to break the sound barrier with the aircraft company he owns. He has already lost his son in the pursuit, and his daughter, Susan (Ann Todd), resents her father even more when he chooses her husband, World War II pilot Tony Garthwaite (Nigel Patrick), to be one of the test pilots. Yet Ridgefield stands resolute in the name of scientific progress.

Cast & Crew

Ralph Richardson
John Ridgefield
Ann Todd
Susan Garthwaite
Nigel Patrick
Tony Garthwaite
John Justin
Philip Peel
Denholm Elliott
Christopher Ridgefield
Jack Allen
"Windy" Williams
Jack Hildyard
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Geoffrey Foot
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Critic Reviews for Breaking the Sound Barrier (The Sound Barrier)

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  • The aerodynamic issues in the movie may now be antiquated, but the excitement and beauty of early jet aviation are still irresistible.

    May 1, 2013 | Full Review…

    David Denby

    New Yorker
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  • This must be said about this picture: it soars far above its clumsy tag and it comes pretty close to being the most exalting of contemporary films.

    May 1, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Unfortunately, Terence Rattigan's script, while solidly structured, never probes beyond the basic conceit that an obsession which works towards the glory of mankind in general may wreak havoc on private lives.

    May 1, 2013 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • Public excitement over jet travel helped make David Lean's 1952 British feature a big hit, though its science doesn't wash and its majestic aerial sequences are uneasily wedded to a starchy familial drama.

    May 1, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Technically, artistically and emotionally, this is a topflight British offering.

    February 23, 2012 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • This aircraft film directed by Lean is very exciting. [Full review in Spanish]

    July 15, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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