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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING
A combination of a Bristol Freighter, Jack Hawkins and Victor Maddern etc is just magic. A simple story made powerful by the sheer brilliance of the acting. Great for aircraft buffs and anyone who appreciates a very engaging story, presented to perfection.
Published on 6 Aug 2010 by THUNDERCHIEF

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3.0 out of 5 stars Wolverhampton,Bilbrook,Pendeford Movie "Man In THe Sky"
MAN IN THE SKY .
British Movie in Mono+B&W,Some Plane scenes in Ealing Studios & Most over W-Ton & Pendeford,Fordhouses,Bushbury,Bilbrook & surrounding area.

It's Wolverhampton in the mid 1950's a Test Pilot flying hundreds of feet above was in the midst of an emergency, controls were not operating properly,so there's danger of a crash.
A prospective...
Published on 31 Jan 2011 by Steve Modsworth W-Ton


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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING, 6 Aug 2010
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A combination of a Bristol Freighter, Jack Hawkins and Victor Maddern etc is just magic. A simple story made powerful by the sheer brilliance of the acting. Great for aircraft buffs and anyone who appreciates a very engaging story, presented to perfection.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth watching, 8 Jun 2010
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One would have thought that a film about a pilot flying an aeroplane around for an hour or so, would be extremely tedious. However, this just goes to show how first impressions aren't always accurate. For a start, a film with Jack Hawkins as the lead actor, has to be taken seriously.

Jack Hawkins brilliantly shows the courage and conviction of a test pilot, trying desperately to save the aeroplane he has been demonstrating, which, in turn, would save his employer and his own job, and also secure the house his wife so desperately wants him to buy.

After the aeroplane suffers an engine fire, everyone bails out, apart from the pilot - Jack Hawkins. Despite the danger he finds himself in, the test pilot keeps calm and manages to give the appearance that he has everything under control and isn't particularly worried about the possible outcome. All eyes are pointing towards the sky, watching the machine fly around the airfield, gradually burning off the fuel that is compounding his difficulties. Despite being ordered to, he refuses to jump out and allow the aircraft to ditch at sea. He knows that, to do that, will mean the end of everything he holds dear.

We see the happy family; the housewife, the grandmother and two charming young children (what a difference from modern-day families!) Of course, the pilot's wife knows nothing of the danger her husband is in, until, that is, a well-meaning member of staff decides she absolutely must be told, whatever the consequences.

The outcome of the film is not determined until the aeroplane touches down in what is an amazing piece of piloting of a real aircraft. Bearing in mind there were no special effects to make this "stunt" easier, it is an amazing piece of film and an amazing scene, as the aircraft makes its way to the runway, touches down and, for a moment or two, one is left thinking that he may not make it after all. Fortunately, he does and wanders off home in a daze. (In this scene, the acting is absolutely superb, as the emotions and behaviour of a man who has just "stared death in the face" are wholly credible).

The subsequent blazing row he has with his wife, after she seems totally insensitive to what her husband has just experienced, is a credit to the script writer(s). He certainly puts his wife firmly in her place, but without resorting to foul language, violence or shouting. One can almost feel the tension, anger and fear as he puts his point across so well. However, he doesn't demean her; the point of the row is to ease tension and for them both to express their concerns. As a happily married couple, the situation soon calms with them both having said their piece, then moving on. What is clearly shown is the love, care and respect they both hold for each other. Absolutely brilliantly done!

A quality film, gripping and dramatic. Watch out for Donald Pleasence, Lionel Jeffries and Victor Maddern. Quite a line-up of actors!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleased to find this one at last!, 14 July 2010
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I was very pleased to see this film out on DVD as I had been looking for a copy for some years - happily the film justified the wait, a tense thriller played out against a domestic routine.
Jack Hawkins gives another solid performance as a test pilot trying to save the companys aircraft, whilst concerned for his young family on the ground. Although Hawkins obviously had no flying experience, he does exude an air of reliablility and determination during his emergency. As usual with Ealing productions, lots of solid support from several stalwarts of British fifties cinema. Good air to air photography of the Bristol Freighter, this film held my attention from start to finish, intersting to see 1950s suburbia in development also.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very watchable film, 21 Dec 2010
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Wolverhampton in the mid 1950's , perhaps especially the aerodrome (yes, the word was still used then)council houses and individual specialist shops for every thing; Were mum could park her car safely outside , complete with over-active boys whilst her husband a designer/ test pilot flying hundreds of feet above was in the midst of a serious emergency, controls not operating properly danger of a crash , prospective aeroplane fleet buyer is ordered to save himself and his team by parachuting from demonstration 'plane - Jack Hawkins was just the right actor for the central role though married (in the film) to the gorgeous Elizabeth Sellers it's a wonder he ever left home - let alone risk his company and life as a 'Man in the Sky'.
As with many 1950's and early 1960's British films you also get a first-class supporting cast.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A reminder concerning what we are missing., 23 Aug 2011
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Compare this with the the cliched CGI monstrosities that populate our screens today. A simple but gripping story told by first class actors, an uncluttered screenplay that is totally believable with real people who have trained, taking lots of bumps, worked hard and know their craft. Thie is a highly recommended film that puts many a multi million dollar epic to shame.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wolverhampton,Bilbrook,Pendeford Movie "Man In THe Sky", 31 Jan 2011
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MAN IN THE SKY .
British Movie in Mono+B&W,Some Plane scenes in Ealing Studios & Most over W-Ton & Pendeford,Fordhouses,Bushbury,Bilbrook & surrounding area.

It's Wolverhampton in the mid 1950's a Test Pilot flying hundreds of feet above was in the midst of an emergency, controls were not operating properly,so there's danger of a crash.
A prospective aeroplane fleet buyer is ordered to save himself and his team by parachuting from demonstration 'plane - Jack Hawkins was the actor for the central role though married (in the film) to Elizabeth Sellers risks his company's reputation and his own life as the 'Man in the Sky'.
Not the best film ever,though good shots of Pendeford Airfield & Control Tower,plus Moreton Road,Elston Hall Lane,Fordhouse Road,Three Tuns Lane (Including Shops & original Railway Bridge)etc.

A film heritage connected to ,Lavender Hill Mob,Hue & Cry,Zulu,Cruel Sea,Fantastic Voyage,Cul De Sac.
Jack Hawkins,Donald Pleasance,Lional Jeffries,Elizabeth Sellars etc,Directed by Charles Crichton
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family viewing at its best!, 20 Oct 2013
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This film may not appeal to the very young, but otherwise it is something I think the whole family will enjoy. This is a typical Ealing Studios film - well cast and directed with an appeal to virtually all ages. Jack Hawkins excels in the lead role of a test pilot with his future resting on the success of the aircraft he is flying. When something goes wrong, the storyline flips between his efforts to land a crippled plane to the people on the ground, in particular his wife and two boys - but this is done in such a way that it all melds together perfectly. I was definitely not disappointed with this buy!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like they used to, 14 April 2011
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I watched this for the older of the two "sons" (he is currently my tutor at college) and was pleasantly surprised by the film itself.

Definitely one of those films from a bygone era it is never going to give you the adrenaline rush of something from our time but it has the right combination of action, honour and humanity to make it a study into the British mind at the time. The Man In The Sky tells the tale of one man's dealing with duty/honour over self-preservation. His long-suffering wife and adorable children give him something to consider while he is up in the sky, toeing the company line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting 1950's film, Jack Hawkins always a pleasure ..., 20 Oct 2014
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An interesting 1950's film, Jack Hawkins always a pleasure to watch , a test pilot in a dodgy plane . add to your collection movie buffs
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5.0 out of 5 stars British Stiff Upper Lip...quivering... slightly..., 25 Oct 2014
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What an interesting film.

Excellent cast Jack Hawkins superb as always, some great photography from Douglas Slocombe OBE, BSC, ASC... who is still alive and, currently, 101 years of age!

Those were the days of daring do alright...never get away with it now... too much political correctness, whatever that is, and health and safety mumbo jumbo.

Give it a watch for how things were before the nonsense kicked in...
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