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Bomber Harris (1989)

The history of one of the key commanders of WW2, the head of RAF Bomber Command, Air Chief Marshall Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris.

Director:

Michael Darlow

Writer:

Don Shaw
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Credited cast:
John Thaw ... Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris
Robert Hardy ... Winston Churchill
Frederick Treves ... Sir Charles Portal
Bernard Kay ... A.M. Sir Robert Saundby
Sophie Thompson ... Jillie Harris
Richard Heffer ... Group Capt Davidson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phil Brown ... Lord Beaverbrook
Ronald Fletcher Ronald Fletcher ... BBC Newsreader
David Healy ... Lt. Gen. Ira Eaker USAAF
William Kerwin ... Fred Walsh
Roger Llewellyn Roger Llewellyn ... Rev. John Collins
John Nettleton ... Wing Commander Harry Weldon
David Quilter David Quilter ... Principal Medical Officer
Roy Spencer Roy Spencer ... Magnus Spence
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The WW2 life and history of Air Chief Marshall Sir Arthur "Bomber" Harris, Commander in Chief of RAF Bomber Command. He took Bomber Command from a minor, under-manned, badly equipped, low-priority unit to one of the most potent forces of the war. This all while struggling against superiors who had different priorities and against misguided agitators who had misgivings on how the war was being conducted. Written by grantss

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This drama was broadcast on 3 September 1989, the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. See more »

Quotes

[responding to criticism over the destruction of Dresden, Germany]
Sir Arthur 'Bomber' Harris: We've been accused of murder. What would we have been accused of had we let Hitler and *his* bloody gang win the bloody war? As for Dresden, it's simple, any psychiatrist can explain it: it's all to do with German brass bands and Dresden shepherdesses! All I can say is that all the German towns *put together* aren't worth the bones of a British grenadier!
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Food for thought
8 May 2007 | by Thorsten-KringsSee all my reviews

Creating empathy for Harris with a German is not easy but this drama succeeded. First of all the film shows that Harris had a clear military target and a strategic objective. Furthermore the author plays devil's advocate in suggesting that Harris' strategy of aerial bombardment would have shortened the war as opposed to aiming at specific targets. Harris' duty as a soldier is to his men and his country regardless of the cost to others. Thaw plays him as a complex character: on the one hand as a ruthless soldier but on the other hand also as a human being. The film raises a lot of moral questions and does not provide easy answers but food for thought. It also sows what a fine actor John Thaw is: here he acts very restrained and controlled as opposed to his Morse/ Regan persona.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1989 (UK) See more »

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