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The Dam Busters (1955)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 16 July 1955 (USA)
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The story of how the British attacked German dams in World War II by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writers:

Paul Brickhill (book), Guy Gibson (based on Wing Comdr. Gibson's own account in "Enemy Coast Ahead") (as Wing Comdr. Gibson) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Todd ... Wing Commander Guy Gibson, V.C., D.S.O., D.F.C.
Michael Redgrave ... Doctor B. N. Wallis, C.B.E., F.R.S.
Ursula Jeans ... Mrs. Wallis
Basil Sydney ... Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris (now Marshal of the Royal Air Force) G.C.B., O.B.E., A.F.C.
Patrick Barr ... Captain Joseph (Mutt) Summers, C.B.E.
Ernest Clark ... Air Vice-Marshal The Hon. Ralph Cochrane (now Air Chief Marshal) G.B.E., K.C.B., A.F.C.
Derek Farr ... Group Captain J. N. H. Whitworth, D.S.O., D.F.C.
Charles Carson ... Doctor
Stanley Van Beers Stanley Van Beers ... Sir David Pye, C.B., F.R.S.
Colin Tapley ... Doctor W. H. Glanville, C.B., C.B.E.
Frederick Leister Frederick Leister ... Committee Member
Eric Messiter ... Committee Member
Laidman Browne Laidman Browne ... Committee Member
Raymond Huntley ... Official, National Physical Laboratory
Hugh Manning Hugh Manning ... Official, Ministry of Aircraft Production
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Storyline

The British are desperate to shorten the length of World War II and propose a daring raid to smash Germany's industrial heart. At first, the objective looks impossible until a British scientist invents an ingenious weapon capable of destroying the planned target. Written by Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

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Taglines:

The story of the "bombs that had to bounce" - and the air-devils who had to drop 'em! See more »

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Drama | History | War

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dambusters See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$75,478
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Air Marshal Sir Arthur Harris wrote in December 1943, "For years we have been told that the destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams alone would be a vital blow to Germany. I have seen nothing in the present circumstances nor in the Ministry of Economic Warfare reports to show that the effort was worthwhile." In January 1945, he wrote, "The destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams was to achieve wonders. It achieved nothing compared with the effort and the loss. The material damage was negligible compared with one small area attack." See more »

Goofs

When testing the use of spotlights to determine the aircraft height, a crew member is giving instructions to the pilot to carefully fly lower, but in the middle of the sequence the aircraft is seen to turn sharply to the left, which would mean the spotlights would no longer be pointing downwards and giving instructions at this point would be useless. See more »

Quotes

Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane: [looks at message sent from the attack group] The northern wave's run into trouble on the coast. McCarthy is going on to the Sorpe Dam by himself.
[looks at map]
Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane: Gibson's formation should be nearly at the Moehne by now.
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Alternate Versions

Prints distributed in the United States by Warner Brothers added a shot from Desperate Journey showing an early model B-17 Flying Fortress crashlanding in a forest. See more »


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The Dam Busters
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Inspired Star Wars sequence, despite the dog's name.
20 March 1999 | by SteveS-3See all my reviews

It appears that the attack sequences in The Dam Busters were the direct inspiration for the attack on the Death Star in the first Star Wars film. Some of the dialogue is word-for-word, and it is very interesting to watch these two films back to back.

Also, in the original edit of the film, the dog's name (a black labrador) was a historically accurate but socially unacceptable "Nigger". One edit changed the spoken word to "Trigger," while another release cut all scenes with the offending word. This was unfortunate, because parts of the plot became unintelligible -- the dog's name was one of the code-words used during the attack.


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