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  • Actors: Jack Hawkins, Elizabeth Sellars, Jeremy Bodkin, Gerard Lohan, Walter Fitzgerald
  • Directors: Charles Crichton
  • Producers: Michael Balcon
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Mar. 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VD5S8S
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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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