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Bomber Harris [DVD] 
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John Thaw stars as the legendary Bomber Command C-in-C in this engrossing BBC drama, co-starring Robert Hardy as Churchill.
Based on real events and skilfully making use of genuine wartime film footage of RAF Bomber Command, Bomber Harris is a triumph for John Thaw and a fascinating account of some of the most controversial and devastating missions ever carried out by the RAF.
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There must be huge sympathy for the poor people caught in these raids and, as with any mass killing, some diquiet. With over 50 million dead in the 5 years, 15 or 20 thousand killed in a raid, no matter how terrible, must be seen in perspective. I think this film makes you think carefully and takes you beyond the headlines. Watch it and then ask yourself, if this saved one Allied life, would you have supported Harris?
First, an important precision - this film looks much more like TV theatre than a "real" movie. All action occurs only in a handful of rooms, without I believe ever going outside. Some original war footage is inserted and some music from 1940s is occasionally played, but other than that "Bomber Harris" is really rather a theatre piece, and its strength reposes mostly on dialogue.
This film tells the story of Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Sir Arthur Travers Harris, 1st Baronet, GCB, OBE, AFC (13 April 1892 - 5 April 1984), commonly called "Bomber" Harris by the press - and sometimes also "Butcher" Harris by the RAF Bomber Command crews. He was the commander in chief of Bomber Command from February 1942 until his retirement in September 1946. Soon after taking his functions Harris was ordered by the War Cabinet to launch a campaign of powerful area bombings of German cities using large formations of bombers - it would replace the previous campaign of precision attacks by small groups of planes, which proved to be a complete failure. It is not shown very clearly in the film, but main military British leaders were very reluctant to use such tactics, not so for moral reasons (the destruction of Coventry by Luftwaffe on 14 November 1940 took mostly care of this issue) but because of fear of great own casualties, particularly from air collisions over the target.
The film begins when Harris, pressed by Churchill to make a test raid, started to prepare the operation "Millennium" - a 1000 bombers raid against one of major German cities.Read more ›
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Out of date production standards (obviously) but tackles a big and sensitive subject with a big enough actor to carry it off. Read morePublished 1 month ago by FG
John Thaw is a remarkable actor. His portrayal of Bomber Harris is first class. Robert Hardy did a passable impression of Churchill, certainly an improvement on Bob Hoskins's... Read morePublished 3 months ago by lycidas