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The Dam Busters (1954)

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The British film tells the story of the development and utilization of the "bouncing bombs" in WWII. Michael Redgrave stars as Dr. Barnes Wallis, who developed these unorthodox explosives. Most of the film is devoted to the two years spent in creating the bombs and training the pilots.
Rating:
G
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Warner Bros. Pictures

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Cast

Michael Redgrave
as Doctor B. N. Wallis, C.B.E., F.R.S.
Richard Todd
as Wing Commander Guy Gibson
Derek Farr
as Group Captain J.N.H. Whitworth
Ursula Jeans
as Mrs. Wallis
Basil Sydney
as Sir Arthur Harris
Patrick Barr
as Capt. Joseph Summers
Stanley Van Beers
as Sir David Pye
Colin Tapley
as Dr. W.H. Glanville
Raymond Huntley
as Laboratory Official
Ernest Clark
as AVM Ralph Cochrane
John Fraser
as Flight Lt. Hopgood
Nigel Stock
as Flight Lt. Spafford
Bill Kerr
as Flight Lt. Martin
George Baker
as Flight Lt. Maltby
Robert Shaw
as Flight Sgt. Pulford
Anthony Doonan
as Flight Lt. Hutchison
Frank Phillips
as BBC Announcer
Eric Messiter
as Committee Member
Ewen Solon
as Flight Sergeant G.E. Powell
Patrick McGoohan
as Guard on Door
Edwin Styles
as Observers at Trials
Frederick Leister
as Committee Member
Laidman Browne
as Committee Member
Hugh Moxey
as observer at trials
Harold Siddons
as Group Signals Officer
Richard Leech
as Squadron Leader H.M. Young
Denys Graham
as Flying Officer L.G. Knight
Brewster Mason
as Flight Lieutenant R.D. Trevor-Roper
Brian Nissen
as Flight Lieutenant A.T. Taerum
Richard Thorp
as Sqd Ldr. H.F. Maudslay
Anthony Shaw
as RAF officer at trials
Basil Appleby
as Flight Lieutenant R.C. Hay
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All Critics (6)

The film is over-long (the flying sequences include some repetition) and the music score is, regrettably, very blatant; but despite these drawbacks, a mood of sober respect is maintained.

Full Review… | February 17, 2016
Monthly Film Bulletin

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
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Audience Reviews for The Dam Busters

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

Randy Tippy
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
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.
Walter M.

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