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  • Actors: Richard Todd, Michael Redgrave, Ursula Jeans, Charles Carson, Stanley Van Beers
  • Directors: Michael Anderson
  • Writers: Guy Gibson, Paul Brickhill, R.C. Sherriff
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, Mono, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Release Date: Oct. 17 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H1RFSM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,634 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George Brodie on Dec 11 2006
Format: DVD
This movie is simply inspirational. From the "stiff upper lip" bravery of the pilots, to the perseverance of the scientists to the loving support of wives - it shows wartime Britain at its best.

This movie shows the courage and inspiration behind the development of the "bouncing bomb", and the the necessary "out of the box" thinking needed by everyone concerned to complete the mission. George Lucas lists this as among his favourite movies, and it is consistently ranked in the top #50 British movies of all time.

The transfer to DVD is superb, sound and picture quality is execellent.

Politically correct revisionists should beware that the wing commanders black lab dog is called the "n" word.

I would not hesitate to buy it. And it is a movie all the family can watch as there is no graffic violence.

6 stars out of 5!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maurice A. Rhodes TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 22 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I had two points of reference when I first saw this film, circa 1955. First,, a neighbour pal of my eldest brother shipped out to England in 1937, joined the RAF, trained as a mechanic, transferred to the RCAF and after many missions over Germany was assigned as a Flight Lieutenant flight engineer on what were first called "Pathfinder Squadrons." The actual Dam Buster squadron (617 Sqn) was not only one of those. but was assigned special projects like the Ruhr Dams, submarine pens, and the Tirpitz. Our family friend was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his part in the Ruhr dam raids and served in over 90 missions over enemy territory. His heroism shone through his modest tale of the danger and terror over the dams, and he lost many of his friends. His story motivated me and when the film "Dam Busters" was released, I found it added reality, colour and presence to his modest remarks

I found the development of this bomb fascinating (both on the part of the scientists and the crews who had to put his idea into reality.) Once again, the problem of portraying real wartime flying action by simulation and black and white does not create quite the horror that the techniques now used, for example, in the series "A Band of Brothers" but then perhaps black and white is appropriate for those grey days.

A student of the history of this attempt to convince Stalin that efforts by the West was an effective draw of effort by Hitler from the Eastern front may not have been very successful, and lost production by the flooding of factories and workers' towns by the ensuing flood was found by later analysis to have recovered surprisingly quickly. But the greater synergic effect was the severe damage to crops in the Ruhr valley, exacerbating already crucial food shortages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Beerling on March 3 2014
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I have not found this for sale at stores. I love the 'war'movies and an episode of the Buffalo Air series reminded me of this story. I had probably seen it on TV many years ago. The story before the action sequence was longer than I remember. The special effects of that era are enjoyable in that you easily note how good they are today. War movie buffs will love this. Much better than a lot of the war movies that are heavy on the propoganda.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill Cox on Dec 20 2012
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Hard to find movie about a rarely heard chapter in WWII. Movie was done realistically and well - typical of British war movies. None of the breast-beating that American films usually indulge in
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lise Thompson on Sept. 11 2013
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This was a thrilling movie about world was two. It showed that nothing is impossible when you put your mind to it. I hope they will be a new remake of it soon.
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By Normand Hamel on June 7 2009
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This is a 1954 B&W movie based on a 1951 book by Paul Brickhill. Both the book and the movie are excellent.

This film is packed with action, and the tension is maintained throughout. There is not a dull moment. There is a great deal of atmosphere in every major scene. The actors are good and the production is quite realistic. Some of the special effects are not very well executed though. I am sure they could have done better, even with the technological limitations of the early fifties.

Speaking of technology, the first part of this movie deals with the challenge of destroying a dam that is 120 feet thick at the base. We spend a long time witnessing the development of an audacious idea concocted by a scientist who has to go through various trials and tribulations before his concept is vindicated. So the first half of the movie would qualify as a documentary in that regard. But there is just as much action and tension here as there are in the bombing scenes that follow. For the whole story is threaded with the same fabric.

So the second half of the movie deals with the actual bombing of three German dams in the Rhur Valley. That is what we had been waiting for and it is delivered like an apotheoses. Indeed it is the climax of the movie, but the tension is only released after numerous attempts. There is a "feel good" part here, but the triumph is somewhat mitigated by the heavy casualties. That is what makes it a great war movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mel on June 26 2014
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I bought this movie as a gift for my dad. The movie arrived in decent time, but I had to unwrap the cellophane before giving it to him because it rattled. Thankfully, it was just the case that was broken. But, it was broken.
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