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Dam Busters

Richard Todd , Michael Redgrave , Michael Anderson    Unrated   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational! Dec 11 2006
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Science, flying and war Nov. 22 2009
By Maurice A. Rhodes TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great WWII movie 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
4.0 out of 5 stars DamBusters Review 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Dam Good Movie 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
3.0 out of 5 stars The case was broken. This was a gift. June 26 2014
By Mel
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the DVD came quickly and it was exactly as described
Published 2 days ago by PattyBoy
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap
This person is selling movies that won't work in North America.
Don't waste your money.
I didn't want to even give this person a star...
Published 3 days ago by Scott Fowkes
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great ww2movie some guys from my dads squadron were picked for that mission they never returned
Published 1 month ago by Larry LaFond
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just the greatest. Magnificent film.
Published 1 month ago by Peter A. Beckett
5.0 out of 5 stars dam busters
excellent scenes during the bombing run, story line was good and again no romance, just a good action movie worth watching
Published 8 months ago by roy wesley
1.0 out of 5 stars Region B Dam Busters only for Europe!
Ordered the movie from Amazon Canada not noticing the reference to Region B... why sell Region B to North American audiences?... had to be returned and so money lost... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Dam Busters
Given the wartime security restrictions still in place and special effects available at the time of filming, this film remains a classic in its own right. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Don Lightbody
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
If you have a fondness for old and/or rare war movies, this is one to add to your library!
Based on historical fact, the movie is a well-made example of its genre!
Published 19 months ago by Bruce Cowan
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, tense WW II film
Tense, well acted WWII true story of the development of a special bomb to be used on German dams. Dated and clunky in spots, and pretty heavy on the (UK) flag waving. Read more
Published on April 28 2011 by K. Gordon
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