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  • Actors: Anthony Steel, Robert Beatty, David Knight, Margo Lorenz, James Robertson Justice
  • Directors: Basil Dearden
  • Writers: Michael Relph, John Eldridge, John Fores, Rex Rienits
  • Producers: Eric Williams, Michael Balcon, Michael Relph
  • 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: U
  • Studio: Ealing Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan. 2009
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KWHOGU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,589 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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British multi-narrative drama based on the book by John Fores and directed by Basil Dearden, chronicling a fictional fog-bound day in the life of London's Heathrow airport. The film offers vignettes of the lives of various disparate characters including pilot Gus Randall (Anthony Steel), whose chronic gambling problem is putting his life at risk, chief duty officer Nick Milbourne (Robert Beatty), who yearns to be a pilot himself, American engineer Bill (David Lorenz), who is in love with Jewish girl Leah (Margo Lorenz), and Captain Brent (James Robertson Justice), whose concerns about the design of a new aircraft prove to be well-founded.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John A. Stedman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
Received this DVD as a (requested) Christmas present. What an absolute treasure. 16:9 in full Eastman colour mastered superbly. Some classic footage of BEA Viscounts in flight, BOAC Stratocruisers, and Constellations abound, with some DC7s as well. There's even a shot with a BEA Airspeed Ambassador (or Elizabethan in British European Airways parlance) in the background. If you like airliners of the 1950s you're home and dry before this starts! But there's more to this delightful film than the exterior shots (and look carefully at the backgrounds to some of those!) - Ealing Studios built one of their largest indoor sets to replicate the interior of the terminal as well. They were obviously taking the job seriously.

See London Airport's new Queen's Building (as was until very recently Terminal 2), complete with the spectator's rooftop gardens and flying bridge, and imagine today if you could do now what apparently you could then - walk around the side of a Heathrow Terminal on the neat cut grass and wander onto the apron to admire the aircraft at close quarters (or perhaps enjoy a picnic) - including some DC3s and a Viking! And park your car within 20 yards of the Terminal's front door - oh, I wish......

There's an interesting cast here although the sleeve advertising Sidney James in a starring role is pushing this a bit - he's onscreen for less than 10 seconds. Nevertheless James Robertson Justice as the archetypal BOAC long haul Captain comes over extremely well, and there's a few other well known British faces (Bernard Lee, Terence Alexander - and watch out for William Franklin in a very minor role in the control tower) in there as well - mostly with the mandatory plum stuck down their throats.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Haley on 4 Jan. 2014
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When I watched this dvd version of this film, having seen it three times previously over the years, I came away from it with a feeling that it was lacking in something. A check in the reference books provided the answer. It does indeed lack something - twelve minutes of footage compared with the length of the film as it was released in 1955.

As far as I can tell, all of the story strand of the romance between the American (David Knight) and the girl played by Margo Lorenz is included. That suggests that what has been used here is a print that was made for release in America.

Perhaps what was required was a version for showing in the lower half of a double bill in that country. That would have required a shorter running time. It is understandable that in such circumstances the whole of the strand with most appeal to that audience would be retained. Unfortunately, this means that the film becomes unbalanced, with some of the other story lines not being allowed to develop fully.

This is a good, well-made, interesting film, in all of its several elements - structure, background and character. However, it does not create as good an impression on this dvd as it would if it were the full version of the film. That is the reason why it has lost a star in its rating.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Blank on 17 Feb. 2010
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An absolute classic of a pistonliner film, with superb footage shot in and around 1954 Heathrow of these now long gone gentle giants of the skies. But otherwise a typical British B movie of the fifties, with some appallingly bad scenes-I had to fast forward through the love scenes, they were that awful.

So yes, buy it if you love old airliners, but not otherwise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bloom on 23 April 2012
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Very good film where the actors all talk with plumbs in their mouths! If you like 1950's aircraft with propellers and seeing London airport when it had just one tiny terminal building and anyone could drive up to the doors, then this is great reminder of times gone past.
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By Henry.M.Clark on 4 Sept. 2013
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I was sorry to say I found the film a bit lacking. The book was better, more of a story.
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By D. S. Hicks on 12 Mar. 2013
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It was good to see the old London Airport as I remember it and the gentle way with which emergencies were dealt.
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