The Dam Busters (1955)

Part of our FILM FESTIVAL OF FLIGHT: Friday 20th – Sunday 29th September 2019.

A much-loved British classic, Michael Anderson’s wartime drama captures the tension and bravery of an audacious raid on the centre of Nazi Germany’s industrial complex.

Split into two distinct sections, the film deals first with the fraught, but the ultimately successful, development of a new bomb, by Dr. Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave). The second focuses on the mission itself; the British raid on the Ruhr Dams, and its associated costs for the enemy and for the British airmen.

Adapted by R.C. Sherriff from Paul Brickhill’s book “Enemy Coast Ahead” and featuring superlative special effects photography by Gilbert Taylor, The Dam Busters was Britain’s biggest box office success of 1955. It was deliberately shot in black and white so that some of the original wartime bomb testing footage could be incorporated into the film.

This is a stunning, very recent restoration of the film that was scanned in 4K resolution with enhanced sound to make Eric Coates’ unforgettable, stirring theme tune even more thrilling!

Please be aware that this film does contain some racist language.

“A splendidly made war movie” – The Guardian

“Arguably the greatest war film ever” – The Telegraph