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The Man In The Sky [DVD]
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Charles Crichton directs this Ealing Studios thriller starring Jack Hawkins. When one of the engines on the experimental rocket-propulsion plane he is flying catches fire, test pilot John Mitchell (Hawkins) refuses to obey orders to jettison the aircraft into the Irish Sea.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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
As with many 1950's and early 1960's British films you also get a first-class supporting cast.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Superlative acting from Jack Hawkins. How they managed to keep the tension for so long was down to the performance of Hawkins.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Jack Hawkins always seemed to shine in all his films. This one is no exception.Published 8 months ago by Bruce ghent
I like films with Jack Hawkins but somehow as a pilot he didn't fit that part for me. The cockpit scene's were to studio looking and unrealistic. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mike
Standard black and white film, nothing special, some silly mistakes. For instance, why was he flying round and round for hours, looking for somewhere to land, when he's circling an... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mr. E. Bray
I had never seen this film until it appeared on TV one day recently and then I had to order the DVD. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Clive Bell
This film is dire. A fine cast wasted on a Boy's Own comic story of banal standards. After an hour of nothing but Jack Hawkins "in the sky" talking to the ground crew... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Zachariah Smith