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An Inspirational Classic,
This review is from: Reach For The Sky [DVD] (DVD)
The story of Douglas Bader is a well known one. He crashed a Bristol Bulldog doing low level aerobatics and lost both legs. He overcame this disability and flew for the RAF in the battle of britain - with great success.
This classic film tells Bader's tale. Kenneth More portrays Bader as a really nice guy, which is not really what the real Bader was like, but some artistic licence is forgivable in film. His relationship with Thelma is well depicted, as are the aerial combat scenes. One of the advantages of Black and White films is the ability to use actual WW11 combat footage. It certainly looks better than when special effects are used. All the flying scenes are great, except that the spitfires used are late marks, with the 'bubble' canopy. This is an annoying thing for air buffs like myself, but in this case we can forgive it, since the all round quality of the picture makes up for it.
I consider Bader's tale one of the most inspiring in history, and it is a story that will live on thanks to this film.
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Initial post: 31 Aug 2010 21:37:34 BDT
John Harrison says:
Impressive knowledge of Spitfires!!
Posted on 28 Mar 2011 19:38:44 BDT
Mr. Stuart C. Grigg says:
This is one of only a very few absolute favourite films that I remember from my childhood, in the days when we either had to watch the film as it was been televised at the time or miss it and it was a black and white world in television as colour programmes were just in a dream world. I agree entirely with the comments from L.C. Raubenheimer as every time that I have watched the film I have thought that the actual Spitfires really used during the "Battle" did not have the "bubble" cockpits or the other technical improvements fitted to the Spitfires depicted in the film. He is also correct in that the black and white film improves one's enjoyment of the film as it appears more authentic and blends in with the actual combat footage, as in "The First of The Few" and "The Dambusters", which are also in my all time favourites.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2013 10:09:38 GMT
john L20S says:
Hi Stuart, This was my favourite film that I recall from childhood, I remember my father taking me too see it at the Gaumont cinema Bromley, in 1956. It inspired me then. and still does whenever I view it again. Yes and The Dam Busters , these were quality films with briliant actors, one's I will never forget.
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