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Journey Together [DVD] [1943]

Richard Attenborough , Jack Watling , John Boulting    Exempt   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Attenborough, Jack Watling, Edward G. Robinson, David Tomlinson, Hugh Wakefield
  • Directors: John Boulting
  • Producers: John Boulting
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 9 July 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RF9YRI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,837 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Playwright Terence Rattigan and director John Boulting contributed to the war effort with this docu-drama chronicling the training of RAF pilots during WWII. Richard Attenborough and David Tomlinson are amongst the Brits hoping to do battle for King and country, whilst Hollywood star Edward G. Robinson appears as a US flying instructor.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not well known .. but good viewing. 21 April 2010
Format:DVD
A good insight into WW2 training and spirit. Some previously unseen action film and makes a good evenings viewing for those who enjoy WW2 stories.
My hat once again goes off to the brave men of the war of ALL services.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The genuine thing 28 July 2011
Format:DVD
It is difficult to know whether to classify Journey Together as a documentary (which is how much of it feels) or as a work of fiction, as all the faces in the film are actual servicemembers including the actors who perform the major roles. And quite a lineup: Richard Attenborough, Jack Watling, David Tomlinson, and George Cole, among others, all of whom at that time, together with the director John Boulting, were members of the RAF and during filming were still in uniform (while released in 1946, it was filmed during hostilities). The only exception to this being Edward G. Robinson, who gives a wonderful performance as their flying instructor in Arizona, who was too old at that time to serve in WW II. Produced very professionally by the RAF film unit, the film is shot mainly in authentic locations, most importantly in the aircraft themselves - the final scenes in a Lancaster on a mission to Berlin and a ditching in the English Channel giving a real sense of the cramped conditions of what this was actually like. Journey Together is not only a fascinating record of life in the RAF, but hangs together well as a story following David (Richard Attenborough) from his induction into the service through training as an aspiring pilot - an ambition at which he fails, to his ultimate fulfillment on a night mission to Berlin as navigator. One aspect that distinguishes this film from the typical "stiff upper lip" British war dramas with their more mature actors, is that here the players are all, as was the case, fresh faced youngsters (Attenborough and Watling were still only around twenty when the movie started filming). It is surprising that this film is not more well known, for it is a gem, and despite the somewhat nonchalant attitude to flak and impending disaster, a rewarding insight into the real look and feel of the Second World War.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a rainy day 18 Aug 2008
Format:DVD
Another relatively unknown world war 2 film staring David Attenborough as an aspiring pilot, who unfortunately doesn't quite make the grade and instead becomes a navigator. The film follows all the training to the ultimate first mission on a raid to Berlin.
While not a classic as such in the way of Dambusters or Angels One Five, its certainly well worthy of a place in a Black & White WW2 film library.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film and a great tribute to the RAF 21 Jan 2006
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
Despite its vague, easily forgettable title, Journey Together is yet another fantastic war film to have come out of wartime Britain. It is principally a tribute to the Royal Air Force. Not only is it produced by the RAF film unit, most of the cast members actually served in the RAF at the time. A notable exception is Edward G. Robinson, who is really just superb as an American flight instructor who takes charge of the film's main characters during part of their pilot training. If you've ever wondered how a guy got to serve aboard a bomber in World War II, this is your movie because it takes you through the whole training program and, in the end, into combat over the skies of Berlin.
The story follows three young servicemen as they work their way through the training program of flight school and beyond. I lost track of the third character along the way, though, because the focus is almost completely on young David Wilton (Richard Attenborough) and John Aynesworth (Jack Watling). Wilton has a young Mickey Rooney quality to him – he's boyish and excitable, and when he gets down on himself, he really goes all out. All he wants to be is a pilot, but he's lucky to get in to flight school at all. Aynesworth, meanwhile, is a natural-born pilot. Wilton knows his stuff, while Aynesworth doesn't learn all that much and even tries to cheat on his exams – I would have thought the RAF frowned on that kind of thing, but we all know they needed good pilots during World War II. The two buddies eventually make it out to Arizona to train and earn their wings (under the tutelage of an American instructor played by Edward G. Robinson).
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey together 4 Feb 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Excellent portrayal of WW2 spirit and of the training methods used. The training of RAF aircrew at training schools in the USA is not these days widely known.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Journey Together 4 Nov 2012
By Jay
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The film itself has been reviewed elsewhere for content which is how I purchased it. My Father went through a similar training process to enter the Fleet Air Arm during the 2nd World War(ending up on HMS Victorious with Kenneth Moore).

However the quality of the film Journey Together [DVD] [1943] is the poorest of any 2nd World War film I have bought. For nearly half the film, the middle half, the sound track sounds as if one is listening to a heartbeat over the soundtrack. Very disturbing, and despite the warning at the beginning of the film about possible poor quality there was nothing mentioned on Amazon. Hence my taking the time out to write my first review!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely perfect 20 Nov 2009
By Yannis
Format:DVD
The Lancaster is my favorite WWII aircraft. Unlike the SPIT, not much thrill is given to the Lancaster, but its contribution to the war was very important.
Crew training in all other war films is usually a short part in the beginning. This films shows that you don't have to be the pilot to be the ace of the crew. The navigator, bombardier and coms person are equivalent as important and vital to the success of the mission. Enjoy !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Liked very much this DVD and got a swift response from seller.
Published 2 days ago by Michael GB Burnett
4.0 out of 5 stars Adequate rather than good, a dated and almost unknown curiosity worth...
'Journey Together' is one of many British films made during or about WWII. Had it been released earlier in the War, it would have been regarded as propaganda and a morale booster... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andy_atGC
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Good old film
Published 2 months ago by Good Value
3.0 out of 5 stars Historically interesting
Produced by the RAF Film Unit this is almost as much a documentary as a story. It is interesting to the historian but you wouldn't watch it more than once for the story.
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Christopher Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good viewing
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. D. K. Bellamy
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
A classic war movie, not so well known. Showing the training of aircrew in Bomber Command, then a raid on the city( Berlin).
10/10 Ilove it!
Published 4 months ago by Martyn Lea
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey Together
A wonderful example of British War Time film making. This is more of a training film where new recruits are shown what to expect but well made all the same.
Published 7 months ago by David Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey Together
This Training film made by the RAF Film Unit is especially good,as it shows original aircraft of the time(1943). I would recommend this film to all WW2 enthusiasts.
Published 10 months ago by John Louch
5.0 out of 5 stars Background to Bombing Operations
Thoroughly enjoyed a factual and extremely well written book. Gave interesting data, the reasons behind a lot of the decision making and the reality of the operations and results... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Russell A. Dunn
4.0 out of 5 stars typical feel good propaganda
good film, sometimes stereotypical acting, English stiff upper lip against American jovial professionalism, very good cast of actors, worth viewing,
Published 18 months ago by flocor
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