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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Bombing Run film, 22 April 2007
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I watched this film several years ago, and this remains my firm best ever in its class. The footage of the magnificent Lancaster Bombers in flight, probably one of the last times these aircraft ever flew in numbers post the war. The magnitude of dropping bouncing bombs, outrageous in concept, magnificent and daring in its reality.The high casulty rate, incredible sacrifice of the brilliant pilots flying at 60 metres from the surface, the way of life of the scientists and pilot, and the clastrophobic red tape these people have to overcome, a battle against bureaucracy before the barrage of guns, gives one a true sense of what this must have been like.It is said that George Lucas used people involved with the dam busters to set up and assist with the attack on the death star sequence. Certainly, this would make a lot of sense. The tunnel sequences give the same sense of flying close up that I personally experienced flying hand gliders some years ago.Sure the dam busting itself has a sense of studio make in it, but this still remains a suberb film.
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Initial post: 8 Jan 2011 10:37:26 GMT
A. Stimpson says:
You're absolutely correct about Lucas and Star Wars. An early assembly cut of Star Wars was presented to prospective investors with shots from The Dambusters standing in for the Death Star scenes. Even in the completed version several lines from The Dambusters were retained, for example:

In The Dambusters,
"How many guns do you think there are Trevor?"
"I'd say about 10 guns, some in the fields, some in the towers"

In Star Wars,
"How many guns do you think, gold 5"
"I'd say about 20 guns, some on the surface, some in the towers"

There is a strong argument for the entire Death Star sequence effectively being 'lifted' by Lucas.

http://current.com/shows/the-rotten-tomatoes-show/92316562_star-wars-the-dam-busters-homage-or-stealing-you-make-the-call.htm

Posted on 10 Jan 2011 22:01:05 GMT
You are wrong about the height of the actual bombing run,it was much lower than 60 metres,in fact it was 60 feet (about 20 metres) in pitch black (because of the blackout) over water with no landmarks to help them,whilst under fire, flying into a hail of flack. In those days British people did have a stiff upper lip and the film portrays that for real,that how they were in those days.They should be revered,we owe our freedoms today to people,men and women,like these.I get really fed up hearing the new generations denergating what these guys did.Compare with todays citizens they sometimes had more than a thousand bombs dropped on one city in a single night,and they would be back at work the next morning.Thats takes guts. When a terrorist bomb goes off they all run around terrified except for the security services and SAS.Richie J .

Posted on 26 Mar 2011 08:51:50 GMT
C. A. Small says:
it was 60 feet not metres. check out a lancs wingspan, add in flying at night over water, and under fire, and the true feat of what these young men achieved is clear. the amazon reviewer calling it a minor action is a buffoon. the age of the aircrew ( throughout bomber command) is astonishing, when we look at the fuss made over each death in Afghanistan how would we report 54 deaths ( about a third of the squadron ( seven bods per lanc) in one night. Anyone who complains about Gibson calling his dog Nigger might like to remember he died fighting fascism after carrying out over 170 operations against the enemy. Per Ardua Ad Astra was never more apposite. This film should be shown in schools to all the lazy, feckless, overprotected youth who seem to spend their entire time whinging about their rights.
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